Keita Bates-Diop is a professional NBA player who is recently playing for the San Antonio Spurs as a small forward. Bates-Diop was born and raised in Sacramento, California with an anthropologist father. When they have transferred to Normal, Illinois, he attended University High School, where he recorded 18.4 points with 6.7 rebounds. At the same time, he was considered in the Top 5 candidates for their state Mr. Basketball.

Early Life Before NBA

When he stepped into college, he committed to play for the Ohio State University, where he started being a bench player during his freshman year. During his sophomore year, he was becoming helpful for the team, as he recorded an average of 11.8 points with 6.4 rebounds. However, Bates-Diop suffered a leg fracture by the following year, which massively affected his performance. He had only attended 9 games during his junior season, with an average of 9.7 points per game.

After his recovery, he ensured to play harder for the team and he achieved a career-high 27 points and earned a Big Ten Player of the Year award. He also received an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week due to his strong performance against the Iowa Hawkeyes. For his final year at Ohio State University, he averaged 19.8 points with 8.7 rebounds and was announced to join the 2018 NBA Draft.

Team San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs
Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.03 m / 104 kg
Born 23 Jan 1996
Nationality United States United States
Team History
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 2020 - present
Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 2020

NBA Career

In June 2018, Bates-Diop finally joined the NBA Draft and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. 2 weeks later, he signed to play with them, and he appeared in the NBA Summer League for 2 years straight. In 2020, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets and was assigned to its NBA G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls. By the end of the year, he was waived by the Nuggets and was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for a two-way contract.


  • 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year
  • 2018 First Team All-Big Ten

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