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Gorgui Dieng | Center/Forward

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 233
College: Louisville
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Gorgui Dieng's AfroBasket run came to an end on Saturday, scoring 20 points with 16 boards and four assists.
He's basically been a 24-15 guy at AfroBasket and proved he can be a focal point of an offense. He's not going to be quite as dominant with Karl-Anthony Towns around, but this strong offseason and no positive news on Nikola Pekovic (ankle) makes Dieng a fine pick in the middle rounds. Aug 29 - 7:02 PM

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Gorgui Dieng has been dominating for Senegal at AfroBasket, compiling averages of 24.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block over the past five games.

Yes, the competition he's going up against at AfroBasket is nowhere near that of the NBA, but the numbers are impressive none-the-less. He does, however, have some increased competition for minutes this upcoming season with the addition of Karl-Anthony Towns, and it's possible he's demoted to a reserve role so the franchise can let their No. 1 overall pick develop. We'll be watching head coach Flip Saunders’ rotations develop closely leading up to the regular-season, but Dieng still presents enough upside to warrant a late-round selection on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 5:32 PM

Gorgui Dieng led Senegal to an easy 86-76 win over Mozambique with 28 points, 18 boards, seven assists and two steals.

Dieng is having a field day in Afrobasket so far, so the Wolves have to be excited about his form heading into training camp. Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) may not be ready for the start of the season, so Dieng should be the first big off the bench behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevin Garnett. Dieng has enough upside to warrant a pick in the later rounds of drafts.
Aug 22 - 2:12 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored 26 points with 15 boards against Morocco on Thursday.

He put up a 32-point, 10-board game on Aug. 15 and is cleaning up in Afrobasket. While everyone is in love with Karl-Anthony Towns, Dieng is a bit of a forgotten man. Even if he does come off the bench, he's still worth a pick around 100.
Aug 21 - 9:16 PM

Gorgui Dieng has been working on his post moves with legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon.

"He just tries to add more tools to what I have," Dieng said of Olajuwon. One area of focus for Dieng is to create more space betweeen him and the defender, and his time spent with Olajuwon is only going to benefit him next season. On a side note, Dieng said he expects to play some point forward for Team Africa against Team World on Saturday, so that should be interesting to say the least. Minnesota's frontcourt is a little crowded right now especially after the arrival of Karl-Anthony Towns, so Dieng's minutes could take a hit next season.
Jul 30 - 2:12 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Gary Neal (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

The Wolves' injury report has been a nightmare since the All-Star break, and they clearly don't like playing guys at less than 100 percent. Dieng had a nice season with averages of 9.7 points, 8.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steal, and the concerns over Nikola Pekovic's durability should make him a nice target in fantasy drafts next season. Justin Hamilton and Adreian Payne will be playing heavy minutes vs. the Thunder tonight.
Apr 15 - 11:14 AM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

With the Wolves having nothing to play for, there's a decent chance Dieng spends the remainder of the season on the sidelines, and it's safe to drop him on all re-draft leagues. Justin Hamilton will continue to get all the run he can handle, and he's someone to consider in daily leagues.
Apr 12 - 2:11 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) is out for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

There has been no sign of Dieng being able to play again this season. The Wolves continue to rule him out hours before the game and we haven't seen anything regarding him proceeding in the NBA's concussion protocol. Justin Hamilton will start and is worth a long look in standard leagues.
Apr 11 - 3:28 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Lakers, as expected.

Dieng is still dealing with grogginess, and he still has not joined the team on their road trip, so chances are he won't play Sunday vs. Golden State either. Justin Hamilton will continue to get all the run he can handle with zero depth behind him, and he's worth owning in all leagues. Dieng may be done for the season, and it makes sense to send him to the waiver wire in all standard re-draft leagues.
Apr 9 - 2:41 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) will not play Tuesday vs. the Kings, as expected.

He's not even traveling with the team right now on their current four-game road trip, and there's a chance he spends the remainder of the 2014-15 season on the sidelines. Justin Hamilton and Adreian Payne will continue to log heavy minutes for Minnesota as the few remaining healthy bigs on the roster, and Hamilton is the guy to own in standard leagues.
Apr 7 - 4:09 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) is not traveling with the team on their four-game road trip.

He could be out for the rest of the season. There's still a chance Dieng can join the team later in the trip, but that doesn't usually happen. Considering how the Wolves have been cautious with their guys, Dieng could be out for the year. Justin Hamilton should be owned in all standard leagues.
Apr 6 - 2:22 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) will not play Friday vs. the Magic, as expected.

He was for some reason listed as questionable earlier, but he never really had a shot at suiting up for this one. The Wolves don't play again until Tuesday vs. the Kings, so there's a chance Dieng clears the league's concussion protocol by then, and we'll be considering him questionable. With Dieng out, Adreian Payne and Justin Hamilton will get plenty of run.
Apr 3 - 7:00 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday's game vs. Orlando.

On Thursday the Timberwolves said that Dieng would not play, but now they are listing him as questionable. We're going to consider him on the doubtful side of that questionable tag as there haven't been any reports of him passing the leagues concussion protocal, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he can't go, look for Adreian Payne and Justin Hamilton to log major minutes for Minnesota.
Apr 3 - 12:40 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) will not play Friday against the Magic.

The Timberwolves don't play again until Tuesday vs. the Kings, so we'll be considering Dieng questionable for that one. With Dieng out, Justin Hamilton will continue to start for the Wolves, but he can only be viewed as a low-end option at the center spot for owners in deep leagues. With no clear return date in sight, Dieng is a cut-candidate in most leagues.
Apr 2 - 4:56 PM

Gorgui Dieng (concussion) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

That leaves Justin Hamilton and Adreian Payne as the only truly healthy big men on the roster, and Payne will again be forced into heavy minutes on Wednesday. Hamilton will get the start again on Wednesday, and he's slowly been seeing his minutes increased, so he's worth a look in most leagues given his upside. Payne logged 32 minutes of action on Monday, but only managed to put up five rebounds, two assists, and a steal with four turnovers while missing all seven of his field goal attempts, so he's not a great option in standard leagues.
Mar 31 - 4:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Andre Miller
3Tyus Jones
4Lorenzo Brown
SG1Kevin Martin
2Zach LaVine
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Nemanja Bjelica
4Tayshaun Prince
5Damjan Rudez
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Adreian Payne
3Anthony Bennett
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Nikola Pekovic