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Gorgui Dieng | Center

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 238
College: Louisville
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Gorgui Dieng's FIBA World Cup ended on a low note vs. Spain, making just 1-of-9 from the field for six points with seven boards, two assists, one steal and three turnovers.
He had a +/- of -28 in just 27 minutes, so needless to say Spain shut him down. Dieng was rolling in his first three FIBA games with an average of 22.0 points per game, but he dropped to just 10.0 in his final three. He's going to get the vast majority of his minutes with the Wolves as a backup center, so his prospective fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be quite as good as he was down the stretch last season. Sep 6 - 6:25 PM

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Gorgui Dieng posted an impressive stat line of 13 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and three blocks in Thursday's 81-79 loss to the Philippines.

Dieng played a team-high 44 minutes during the loss and added fuel to the sleeper excitement fire that is currently surrounding him in fantasy circles. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance during Summer League and the World Cup of Basketball, but will likely disappoint excited fantasy owners in 2014-15 unless Nikola Pekovic goes down with an injury.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 4 - 11:50 AM

Gorgui Dieng cooled off during Wednesday's blowout 81-46 loss to Argentina, making 4-of-12 from the field for 11 points with eight boards, one steal and one block.

He's looked like a star at FIBA, but Argentina put the clamps on him today. One of the big questions for Dieng entering the season is whether or not he can play power forward. He didn't play a single minute next to Nikola Pekovic last season, so that will have to change in order for him to have a breakout season while the Wolves are healthy. He's only worth a late-round pick until we get a little more info on the subject.
Sep 3 - 3:18 PM

Gorgui Dieng propelled Senegal to a win over Croatia, dropping 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal.

Dieng has been spectacular throughout the FIBA tournament, averaging 22 points, 11.6 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. Dieng was fantastic for the Wolves down the stretch last year, and when/if (more likely when) Nikola Pekovic goes down this season, Dieng will be primed for big numbers. Dieng has loads of upside, but may start off the year slow playing behind Pekovic.
Sep 1 - 11:04 AM

Flip Saunders said he plans to find more minutes for Gorgui Dieng this season, and will experiment with Dieng at PF.

Thaddeus Young will start at PF, backed up by Andrew Bennett, but Saunders floated the idea that Dieng, Andrew Wiggins and even Shabazz Muhammad could earn minutes at PF during the season. Dieng thrived with extended minutes last year so it's encouraging that Saunders wants to find him more playing time, but it could take a frontcourt injury for the second-year big man to truly break out in 2014-15.
Aug 24 - 7:20 PM

Gorgui Dieng is turning heads at Summer League with his impressive play.

After averaging 8.9 points and 8.4 rebounds after the All-Star break in 2013-14, Gorgui is averaging 10.5 points, 10.0 boards, 2.2 steals, and 1.0 blocks through four Summer League games. "I’ve been working a lot on that this summer," Dieng said. I’m always looking out for something to improve my game and I think something like that added to my game will really help me." If the 24-year-old can continue his improvement, he should end up being a late-round steal in 2014-15 fantasy drafts.
Jul 17 - 12:34 PM

Gorgui Dieng put on some bulk over the summer and gained 17 pounds, putting him at 252.

Flip Saunders asked Dieng to gain weight and put on some muscle, and he obliged. But we'll have to see what the Timberwolves' rotation looks like before getting excited about Dieng.
Jul 8 - 9:00 PM

Gorgui Dieng will play in summer league at Las Vegas.

He was a revelation late in the season, so he should have a terrific showing against inferior talent. Dieng will join teammates Alexey Shved, Zach LaVine, Glenn Robinson III and Shabazz Muhammad. Dieng is likely looking at a backup role with the big club until the Wolves make some roster moves.
Jul 7 - 10:45 AM

Wolves coach Flip Saunders expressed confidence that Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad "can come in and play" next season, but he stopped short of saying that they'll be starters.

The Wolves may or may not trade Kevin Love this summer, and they hold the No. 13 pick in a talented draft, so there's too much uncertainty to project roles for Dieng or Muhammad. Fantasy owners should keep a very close eye on Dieng even if he begins the year backing up Nikola Pekovic -- given the chance to play 31.1 minutes per game in April, the rookie averaged 11.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 blocks while making a relatively decent 69.2 percent of his free throws.
Jun 22 - 9:38 PM

Gorgui Dieng's late-season rampage continued vs. the Kings, as he piled up 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, with 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.

Injuries derailed Minnesota's season and cost them any chance at making the playoffs, but Wolves' fans can at least take solace in the emergence of Dieng as a legitimate force in the paint. He briefly went down after taking an elbow to the face on Sunday but it didn't slow him down, so he's safe to keep active for the Wolves' final two games.
Apr 13 - 11:48 PM

Gorgui Dieng hit a game-winning shot to beat the Rockets 112-110 on Friday, finishing with 12 points, 20 boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes.

He's looked tremendous on defense in the past month and that was a big reason why he received his Western Conference Rookie of the Month award tonight. Dieng is locked in to big minutes the rest of the way and should be viewed as a strong start in standard formats.
Apr 12 - 12:47 AM

Gorgui Dieng double-doubled on Tuesday for the first time in two weeks, scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in an easy win vs. the Spurs.

Dieng was the 21st pick in the 2013 draft, as Utah sent their pick to Minnesota, and he already looks like a steal for the Wolves. Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic form a terrific frontcourt but neither of them are imposing rim defenders, which Dieng already is as a 24-year-old rookie. He has plenty of upside as a fantasy option next year, though his development may be stifled by the Wolves' obvious commitment to Pekovic, whose fully-guaranteed contracts gives him an average of $12.0 million over the next four years (through 2017-18).
Apr 8 - 10:52 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 36 minutes against the Magic on Saturday with 12 points, eight boards, three assists and two blocks.

The Wolves were missing 60 percent of their starting lineup with Kevin Love (back), Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (foot) out, and then Chase Budinger also went down with an ankle sprain. In other words, the team had a whole bunch of holes to fill tonight and it allowed Dieng to get some run. Turiaf didn't look too great tonight, so Dieng looks like a strong speculative add until Love is back on the court.
Apr 5 - 9:35 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting with four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in Friday's double-overtime win against the Heat.

We're a little surprised Dieng didn't get a few more minutes in an extended game, but it looked like Rick Adelman wanted vets on the floor in crunch time. The rookie is going to have a similar floor for the rest of the year and eventually the Wolves might cut him loose again, making him a must-own player.
Apr 5 - 12:41 AM

Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders said on Friday the team needs to take 15 pounds off Shabazz Muhammad and add it to Gorgui Dieng.

Flip is obviously joking around here, but Dieng could definitely use some extra size. He has very quick feet for a center and adding 15 pounds wouldn't be too detrimental to his agility. Dieng has been pushed around a bit in the low post, but he's really blossomed in the past two weeks. Even if Nikola Pekovic sits tonight, Dieng is looking at a timeshare split with Ronny Turiaf back. He's still a decent bet for a double-double vs. the Heat.
Apr 4 - 5:01 PM