Thomas Bryant
Thomas Bryant
23-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Wizards
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bryant inked a new three-year, $25 million deal with the Wizards in the offseason to remain with Washington. He was effective during his first season in DC, starting in 53 of 72 appearances and playing 20.8 minutes per contest, averaging 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks. The Wizards' frontcourt was hectic last season, with the trio of Bryant, Ian Mahinmi and Bobby Portis splitting minutes at center with Dwight Howard out of action. With Howard and Portis off the team this season, Washington has committed to Bryant as the starter at center. It would be reasonable to expect Bryant's production to grow if he secures more minutes and takes on a larger role. He averaged 18.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 combined blocks/steals per 36 minutes last season, giving him big upside for the upcoming season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Wizards in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Thomas Jermaine Bryant was born in 1997 in Rochester, New York. Bryan split his high school playing days between Bishop Kearney in Irondequoit, NY and Huntington Prep in West Virginia. Bryant started at Bishop Kearney, where he led the team to the 2013 New York Class AA Tournament crown and the New York Federation Tournament of Champions as a sophomore. Before the 2014-15 season, Bryant transferred to Huntington Prep. His strong play at earned him 2015 McDonald's All-American honors. Bryant then decided to attend Indiana University over Syracuse. Fans can follow the big man on Twitter (@nolimittb31).

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The Rochester, New York native led the 2016-17 Indiana team in rebounds per game with 6.6 and total blocked shots with 52. He was named to third team All-Big Ten for the second straight year. As a freshman in the 2015-16 season, he was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team while starting all 35 games for the Hoosiers. As a freshman, Bryant led the Big Ten and set the school record in field-goal percentage (68.4). The center helped lead Indiana to the 2016 NCAA Tournament regional semifinal against North Carolina. Bryant announced that he would enter the NBA Draft after his sophomore season in 2017. The center was chosen in the second round (42nd overall) by the Jazz.

Shines in finale
CWashington Wizards
August 13, 2020
Bryant recorded 26 points (10-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks in 32 minutes during Thursday's 96-90 win over the Celtics.
ANALYSIS
Bryant ended his season on a high note, posting one of his best performances and scoring over a quarter of Washington's points. While his season was marred by injury, Bryant was productive when given starter's minutes. Prior to Thursday's contest, Bryant averaged 18.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 blocks in his 14 games of 30-plus minutes.
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2019

Bryant appeared in 38 games for the Wizards during the 2019-20 season. He set new per-game career highs in points (12.1), rebounds (6.8), assists (1.9), threes (0.6) and steals (0.4). Bryant shot 59.9 percent from the field, a career-high 40.7 percent from three and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line. He set new single-game career highs of six assists and four blocks. His other single-game season highs were 23 points, 12 rebounds, three triples and two steals. Bryant's 23-point game was also arguably his best all-around performance of the season, and it occurred Nov. 27 against the Suns. He shot 9-of-11 from the field, 2-of-2 from three and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line while also providing nine rebounds and five assists. Bryant had six performances with at least 20 points, nine performances with at least 10 rebounds (eight were double-doubles) and four efforts with five-plus assists. He also had 11 games with at least one steal and 20 performances with at least one block. In the 10 games that Bryant saw at least 30 minutes, he averaged 17.2 points on 11.7 shots, 9.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 blocks.

2018

Bryant played in 72 games and made 53 starts during his first season with the Washington Wizards. He finished the season by starting the final 10 games. Bryant averaged 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. On Dec. 22 he scored a career-high 31 points in a triple-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns. In the game Bryant went a perfect 14-for-14 from the floor. That performance is tied for the fourth-most field goals made without a miss in a game in NBA history. Only Wilt Chamberlain has converted more field goals without a miss in an NBA game. On March 27 Bryant collected a career-high 19 rebounds, again against the Suns, as part of a 124-121 win. Over the course of the season, he led the Wizards in total rebounds (454) and blocks (67). Bryant finished the year with the fourth-highest field-goal percentage in the league (.616) and the highest two-point field-goal percentage (.685).

2017

After two seasons at the University of Indiana, Bryant declared himself eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft. He was selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the Utah Jazz. He was then subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Josh Hart (pick No. 30) in exchange for Tony Bradley (pick No. 27). The rookie appeared in 15 games for Los Angeles and 27 contests for the G League South Bay Lakers. With L.A., Bryant averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds over 4.8 minutes per game. Bryant made his NBA debut on Dec. 23 during a four minute appearance in a home loss to the Trail Blazers. With South Bay, Bryant posted 19.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks per G League contest. On Dec. 15, the 6-foot-10 big man tallied 32 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for South Bay in a loss to Westchester. Bryant's best NBA game came on Apr. 11. He delivered six points, six rebounds, two blocks and one assist in a 115-100 win over the Clippers. The Los Angeles Lakers finished 35-47 and did not qualify for the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 2nd round (42nd pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft. Traded by the Jazz with Josh Hart to the Los Angeles Lakers for Tony Bradley.
  • July 30, 2017
    Signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • June 30, 2018
    Waived by the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • July 2, 2018
    Claimed on waivers by the Washington Wizards from the Los Angeles Lakers
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed as a free agent a three-year agreement with the Washington Wizards.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Bryant was an early entry for the 2017 NBA Draft following a two-year collegiate career with Indiana. In his final season with the Hoosiers as a sophomore, Bryant averaged 12.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks across 28.1 minutes. At 6-foot-11, with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, Bryant has the size that NBA teams covet, but he was fairly raw coming out, which resulted in him falling to the Lakers with the 42nd overall pick. Bryant does, however, have a solid jump shot and can get it done from the perimeter. He shot 55 percent from the field and a respectable 38 percent from deep during his final year at Indiana, which evidences his ability to stretch the floor. Questions about his athleticism, his ability on the defensive end and his abundant turnovers ultimately led to his fall in the draft and he'll need to address those issues before he gets extended run at the next level. The Lakers already have Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac at center, leaving minimal minutes for Bryant. That likely means Bryant will spend plenty of his rookie season developing with the team's G-League affiliate.
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Scores 13 in loss
CWashington Wizards
August 11, 2020
Bryant finished with 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight boards, one assist, and one block in 26 minutes of a 126-113 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday.
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Nice effort vs. Embiid
CWashington Wizards
August 5, 2020
Bryant posted 19 points (8-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and one assist across 30 minutes during Wednesday's 107-98 loss to the 76ers.
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Leads team with 20 points
CWashington Wizards
August 4, 2020
Bryant totaled 20 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-0 FT), 11 rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes during Monday's 111-100 loss to Indiana.
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Dominant display versus Nets
CWashington Wizards
August 2, 2020
Bryant contributed 30 points (12-20 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 118-110 loss to the Nets.
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Team-high 34 minutes Friday
CWashington Wizards
July 31, 2020
Bryant tallied 10 points (4-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes during Friday's 125-112 loss to the Suns.
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