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. 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. Contract includes $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 25 in loss
May 14, 2022
Bane put up 25 points (9-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one block in Friday's 110-96 loss to Golden State.
ANALYSIS Bane scored 21-plus points in back-to-back games on a combined 53.6 percent shooting from the field and 61.5 percent from deep. The second-year guard nearly doubled his points per game average from his rookie year and looks to only be getting better.
Bane is dealing with back soreness and is questionable to play Tuesday against the Warriors, according to Dana Gauruder of Hoops Rumors.
ANALYSIS Bane was clearly limited in Game 1 of the series and it showed, as he accounted for only nine points across 32 minutes. If he's out, Ja Morant would be forced to carry an even bigger load on the offensive side of the ball. Bane averaged 18.2 points per game in the regular season, but that number has increased to 21.4 points per tilt so far through seven postseason appearances.