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Gorgui Dieng | Center/Forward | #5

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 240
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (21) / UTA
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Gorgui Dieng had 16 points, nine boards and a steal on 7-of-9 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.
Dieng, who had scored a total of nine points in his previous two games, hadn't scored this many points since he had 20 back on Nov. 21. And a big reason he succeeded tonight is the Spurs were locked in on center Karl-Anthony Towns. Dieng has been tough to start lately, but came through tonight. Hopefully he's ready to get hot again and that this game will kick start that effort. Dec 6 - 11:20 PM

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Gorgui Dieng scored seven points with eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

He hit a clutch three in this game and the Wolves were much better on interior defense. Dieng had some foul trouble on Friday and he did have some trouble on perimeter defense. All that said, his minutes are fine as a mid-round player in standard leagues.
Dec 3 - 10:23 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 18 minutes against the Knicks on Friday with two points, five rebounds and two turnovers.

The Wolves looked awful in the first half, especially on the defensive side. Because they were down so much and due to Dieng's foul trouble, they had to go with more Nemanja Bjelica in the second half. While Dieng's usage rate has dropped and he's not rebounding as well these days, this is really the first time his playing time fell off. His value is just fine as a mid-round player.
Dec 2 - 11:27 PM

Gorgui Dieng had 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block on 3-of-8 shooting in 32 minutes on Monday.

Dieng went off for a season-high 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block last Monday, but has quieted since then. He's scored between 11 and 15 points in his last four games and is averaging 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks over that stretch. Not bad, but not quite as exciting as his big game was last Monday.
Nov 29 - 12:23 AM

Gorgui Dieng hit 10-of-16 shots for a season-high 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and five turnovers in Monday's loss to the Celtics.

He also missed both his free throws, but has hit double digits in rebounds in four straight games, and has double-doubled in two of his last three. He got to a hot start this season, cooled off after three games, and is ramping back up again. He's a must-start player until further notice.
Nov 22 - 12:06 AM

Gorgui Dieng had 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block on 4-of-11 shooting in 29 minutes in a 110-86 blowout win over the Sixers.

Dieng hadn't hit double figures in scoring in three straight games and this was just his fourth double-double of the season. And unfortunately, he won't get to play the Sixers every night. Dieng's been a bit disappointing thus far, but still has time to get his season turned around and start racking up double-doubles on a consistent basis.
Nov 17 - 11:04 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 33 minutes and hit 3-of-6 shots and 3-of-3 free throws for nine points, 11 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's 115-108 loss to the Hornets.

Dieng's scoring has been a problem recently, as he's been in single digits in four of his last five games. He's averaging 7.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks on 55 percent shooting over that stretch. As we've been saying all year, he's a fine fantasy player, but just don't expect him to score much, while his blocks should increase going forward.
Nov 15 - 10:53 PM

Gorgui Dieng got into some early foul trouble on Sunday, but he recovered to finish with two points, nine rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes.

The foul trouble is basically irrelevant when discussing Dieng's low offensive output -- he's attempted double-digit shots just once, on opening night, and is an afterthought on most possessions. With a usage rate of just 12.4 percent, owners can expect steady across-the-board production with the exception of points and 3-pointers.
Nov 13 - 10:08 PM

Gorgui Dieng was outstanding in his 35 minutes against the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block.

His coach is starting to love the two-big lineups, which worked out extremely well against the Magic. "[Dieng] was terrific," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He does the dirty work that is critical to winning." After the Wolves were beat up on D on Tuesday, that was the focus. On offense, Dieng is averaging a career-high 10.4 points per game this season on an ultra-efficient 60.6 true shooting percentage. Dieng is hanging around fourth-round value on the season and figures to be in that neighborhood going forward.
Nov 9 - 11:26 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored two points on 1-of-6 from the field against the Nuggets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, one block and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

He was the NBA's best 2016-17 mid-range shooter before tonight among players with double-digit attempts, but the law of averages cooled him off. Dieng did get into some foul trouble, but he's been absolutely awesome before this one. Just keep rolling him out there.
Nov 4 - 12:09 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

He's worth every penny of the four-year, $64 million contract he signed on Monday. Dieng was 8-of-9 from the field tonight and now has season averages of 14.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks. He's a beast and it makes you wonder why Sam Mitchell refused to give him big minutes last season.
Nov 2 - 12:20 AM

Gorgui Dieng and the Wolves are reportedly nearing agreement on a four-year, $64 million contract extension.

Dieng is an unheralded staple of the Wolves' frontcourt, but his fantasy owners appreciate his steady contributions -- through two games this year he's averaging 13.0 points on 52.6 percent shooting, 13.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks. It's a solid value for the Wolves.
Oct 31 - 5:48 PM

Gorgui Dieng double-doubled again on Saturday with 14 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes against the Nuggets.

That's two double-doubles in two games for Dieng. He did take a 3-pointer in his game, but it was an airball. Dieng is locked in for big minutes at power forward with coach Tom Thibodeau not really using him as a center. He's off to a great start after a rough start last year.
Oct 30 - 1:29 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored 12 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

He had the mid-range game working and did a fine job on defense. Dieng is locked and loaded for minutes in the 28-32 range most nights with one of the highest fantasy floors around. While Dieng is not going to get many center minutes, coach Tom Thibodeau looks like he will play him consistently at power forward.
Oct 27 - 1:24 AM

Gorgui Dieng helped the Wolves cruise past the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, one steal and just one turnover in 23 minutes.

The 26-year-old big man sank 5-of-6 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws, a level of efficiency that buoys his rising fantasy stock. With the starting job all locked up, Dieng shouldn't fall past the middle rounds in any format.
Oct 19 - 11:03 PM