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Daniel Gafford to Make First Career Start vs. Pacers

The rookie big man will make his first career start vs. the Indiana Pacers.
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Photo: NBC Sports Chicago

Photo: NBC Sports Chicago

Chicago Bulls center Daniel Gafford is gearing up to make his first career start at the United Center tonight against the Indiana Pacers.

The second-round pick out of Arkansas has been quite the surprise for Bulls fans this year. His highlight blocks and ferocious lobs have brought much hype and excitement around the young big-man.

This season, Gafford has appeared in 28 games, averaging 4.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 1.4 BPG while playing 12.1 MPG.

Totals Table

SeasonAgeTmLgPosGGSMPFGFGAFG%3P3PA3P%2P2PA2P%eFG%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS

2019-20

21

CHI

NBA

C

28

0

339

55

82

.671

0

0

55

82

.671

.671

15

30

.500

31

33

64

10

5

38

12

48

125

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Generated 1/10/2020.

With Wendell Carter Jr. being sidelined four to six weeks, Gafford has the chance to see a bulk of playing time and solidify himself as a key rotational player going forward. If he's given the opportunity to play most minutes at the center position, Gafford has the chance to put up a pretty nice stat line.

Per 36 Minutes Table

SeasonAgeTmLgPosGGSMPFGFGAFG%3P3PA3P%2P2PA2P%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS

2019-20

21

CHI

NBA

C

28

0

339

5.8

8.7

.671

0.0

0.0

5.8

8.7

.671

1.6

3.2

.500

3.3

3.5

6.8

1.1

0.5

4.0

1.3

5.1

13.3

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/10/2020.

It'll be interesting to see if the young big man can make an impact with the starters.