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Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore
Position: G
Born: 07/01/89
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:201 lbs. / 91.2 kg.
Salary: $2,000,000
In an NBA that is placing increasing value on shooting, he’ll get paid. Much more than the $2 million he’s making this season. Bazemore’s official stance on his upcoming free agency is this: “Winning takes care of everything,” he said. “I’m just happy to be part of this (Atlanta) organization. The guys have given me an opportunity to play. With (DeMarre) Carroll leaving, they could have done a lot of things in free agency this summer. But, they believed in me and I’m very thankful for it. So right now I’m just trying to get as many wins as possible for this organization and everything else will fall into place.”
ESPN’s Zach Lowe asked a dozen executives how much Bazemore will command, and their answers ranged “from the mid-level exception, to $12 million, to ‘who the hell even knows?’” Bazemore thinks he’s still scratching the surface of what he can be, but hasn’t lost sight of how far he’s come. He remembers when few people knew what he could do, and when he didn’t know if he’d get to show it. “It’s fun, man,” Bazemore said. “For me, the fact that I get to wake up every day knowing I’m going to play against the best players in the world just brings a smile to my face.”
He didn’t get a chance to play in Golden State’s first two games, but made enough of an impression in the last three to earn a contract. A year later, he was back in Vegas with Draymond Green and they noticed an article wondering where the team’s scoring was going to come from. They pushed each other to lead the team. “We talked so much trash to each other, but that’s just who we are,” Bazemore said. “He’s probably one of the greatest teammates to ever play. I mean, everyone’s seeing it now because they’re doing so well, but every team needs a Draymond. ‘Cause he’s gonna kick you in your tail when you ain’t doing nothing, and then when you are, he’s going to make you feel like you’re the biggest thing in the world.
Bazemore remembers arguing with friends that Bryant, his favorite player, was better than Tracy McGrady. He remembers thinking it was perfect when Bryant switched to No. 24 in 2007. Bazemore had been wearing that number since he was a seventh grader in 2002, and suddenly they shared more than initials. “What drew me to Kobe is not the points he scored, it’s just like the passion, the fire he plays with. There’s only a few people, I think, in his world, that can like truly understand where he comes from when he plays the game. Like, how he wills himself to take over an entire game. It’s so hard to do that in this league.