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Former FSU basketball standout details success overseas, experiencing depression in NBA


Former Florida State Men’s Basketball guard Dwayne Bacon isn’t hesitant to open up about what he’s learned about himself through his basketball journey.

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The Lakeland, Florida, native appeared on “The Role Player Podcast” presented by Swish Cultures on May 23 and discussed his NBA profession, transition to the Euroleague, the business side of skilled basketball, and more.

“My first two years [in the NBA], I handled depression,” Bacon said. “Not playing, in my head like, ‘Am I adequate?’ Coming [overseas] and being an element, one in all the foremost guys…that made me feel so good.”

After two seasons in Tallahassee, Bacon was chosen No. 40 within the 2017 NBA Draft by the Recent Orleans Pelicans and was traded to the Charlotte Hornets.

From 2017-21, Bacon appeared in 207 profession games with 80 starts between the Hornets and Orlando Magic. He averaged a career-high 10.9 points per game in 2020-21 with the Magic.

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After his stint with Orlando, Bacon joined AS Monaco Basket within the French LNB Pro A. In 16 games, Bacon is averaging 13.1 points per game and 4.2 rebounds. He scored a season-high 24 points against Strasbourg March 16 and has led his club to a 14-2 record.

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Bacon is shooting 43.5% from the sector and just below 27% from the 3-point line. The previous ‘Nole said he hasn’t felt the present freedom inside his game since his playing days at Florida State under head coach Leonard Hamilton. 

“I definitely could have stayed within the league and sat there, but I got here over here and opened up my whole talent like this was actually my first time I got a probability to actually open up my game since college,” Bacon said. “This was a blessing for me.”

In his Florida State tenure, Bacon averaged 16.5 points per contest and earned All-ACC second-team honors in 2016-17. He also helped lead the Seminoles to a 2017 NCAA Tournament berth, their first appearance since 2012. 

Bacon also detailed a pre-draft workout story which he thinks might need led to his slip to the second round of the draft.

“I’m warming up, I’m on the point of go into court to do my work, I just find yourself passing out,” Bacon said. “I ended up having to take a seat out for like two weeks. It like backtracked me slightly bit and it was all because I had modified my weight loss plan. I had just wanted to vary my weight loss plan, so once I actually got to the draft, the rumor had spread just like the day before the draft. People [are] calling my agent like, ‘D*** he got a heart problem?’ I feel like if I do not pass out and I’m going through that workout, and I get a probability to complete all my workouts then I won’t even go within the second round truthfully.”

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