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Happy birthday to Keita Bates-Diop

The Spurs two-way player turns twenty-five today.

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The San Antonio Spurs two-way small forward Keita Bates-Diop celebrates his twenty-fifth birthday today. The former Ohio State Buckeye went 48th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, just one spot before Spurs draftee Chimezie Metu.

The California native split time between the Timberwolves and their G-League affiliate before heading to the Denver Nuggets as part of a four-team, twelve-player trade involving the Timberwolves, Nuggets, Houston Rockets, and Atlanta Hawks.

At the end of the season, the Nuggets waived Bates-Diop and one week later the Spurs announced his two-way deal.

So far, Keita has only seen garbage time in two games and has been out with a sprained ankle otherwise.

With the G-League set to begin in February through another Disney “bubble” style set up, Keita Bates-Diop may get some of the Spurs grooming that will help continue the development of his career.

Happy birthday, Keita!

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