Desmond Bane

Desmond Bane

24-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Bane assembled a breakout 2021-22 campaign and was one of the finalists for Most Improved Player. After demonstrating his upside as a shooter as a rookie, Bane took on an expanded offensive role, and his efficiency held firm. Notably, he increased his two-point attempts and added some playmaking responsibilities. Altogether, his increased responsibilities resulted in 18.2 points on shooting splits of 46/44/90, which included 3.0 three-point makes per game. In addition, he tallied 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.8 minutes, making him one of the biggest fantasy sleepers. After ranking 157th in per-game fantasy scoring as a rookie, Bane ascended to 29th last season. Encouragingly, that strong play translated to the postseason, where he averaged 18.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 35.7 minutes in 12 appearances. Expect Bane to maintain a similar role this year, though, given his age (24) and evident importance to the team, it's fair to expect statistical improvement. He'll fight a bit for touches with Dillon Brooks, who played just 32 games last year due to injury, but Bane's development tracks much better, so he'll likely take priority within the offense. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.97 million contract with the Grizzlies in November of 2020. Grizzlies exercised $2.13 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021. Grizzlies exercised $3.85 million team option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Bane was born June 25, 1998. He was raised by his great grandparents, Bob and Fabbie Bane, and his guardian is his uncle, Tony Bane. Desmond focused on baseball until eighth grade, also playing football and soccer, but ultimately opted to pursue basketball. Bane played basketball for Seton Catholic High School, a small private institution in Richmond, Indiana. As a senior, he averaged a state-high 30 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.2 blocks per game and was named the MVP of the Wettig Memorial Holiday Tournament. In his high school career, Bane scored 1,991 points, surpassing 1988 Indiana Mr. Basketball winner Woody Austin for the most in Wayne County history. After high school, Bane opted to play college ball for Texas Christian University. He played all four seasons at TCU and was named to the Second-team All-Big 12 as a junior and First-team All-Big 12 as a senior. Bane debuted for TCU in 2016-17, playing 39 games as a freshman and drawing 13 starts. He averaged 7.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20.7 minutes. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 30.5 minutes. Bane's role increased again as a junior, as he averaged 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 35.5 minutes. Finally, as a senior, Bane averaged 16.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 36.1 minutes. That resulted in him being voted to the All-Big 12 First Team. Arguably the best performance of his collegiate career was Nov. 30, 2018 in a win over Central Michigan, where Bane recorded 24 points (8-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal in 32 minutes.

Scores 17 against Chicago
GMemphis Grizzlies
February 8, 2023
Bane ended with 17 points (6-12 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one block and two steals over 35 minutes during Tuesday's 104-89 victory over the Bulls.
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Bane has scored at least 17 points in each of his four appearances since returning from a two-game absence in late January, and the star shooting guard remains a consistent scoring threat in the backcourt alongside Ja Morant. Even though at times he's been the third-best scoring weapon behind Morant and Jaren Jackson, Bane continues to have a career-best season with averages of 21.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game since the start of January.
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Could be out until December
GMemphis Grizzlies
November 15, 2022
Bane is expected to miss at least two to three weeks of action after suffering a toe sprain Friday, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
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The 24-year-old had been putting together a breakout season, averaging 24.7 points a game, but his emergence will be put on hold until he recovers from the injury, perhaps until December. John Konchar will take Bane's place in the Grizzlies' starting backcourt alongside Ja Morant for now.
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bane appeared in 68 of 72 regular-season games in his first season in the NBA. The rookie out of TCU displayed an efficient shot by connecting on 46.9 percent from the field and 43.2 percent from downtown en route to 9.2 points per game. He posted double-digit points in 32 contests and 20-plus points on three occasions. However, Bane averaged just 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game and finished outside the top 150 of overall fantasy scorers. The 6-foot-5 wing displayed promise of being a great defender as he registered multiple steals in nine games, but he failed to consistently put up those numbers. He will look to build off of his strong rookie season in Year 2, but he will have to compete with 2021 No. 10 overall pick Ziaire Williams and recently-acquired Jarrett Culver for playing time. Bane will likely garner a similar role for Memphis next season, unless Williams or Culver exceeds expectations.
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Impressive showing in losing effort
GMemphis Grizzlies
February 6, 2023
Bane finished Sunday's 106-103 loss to the Raptors with 26 points (10-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, four steals, two rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.
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Good to go Wednesday
GMemphis Grizzlies
February 1, 2023
Bane (knee) will take the floor Wednesday against the Trail Blazers.
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Questionable for Wednesday
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Knee
January 31, 2023
Bane (knee) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Portland.
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Won't play Sunday
GMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
January 29, 2023
Bane (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
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Unlikely to play Sunday
GMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
January 28, 2023
Bane (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's matchup against the Pacers.
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