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Gorgui Dieng | Center/Forward | #5

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 251
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (21) / UTA
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Gorgui Dieng (finger) is available for Friday's game vs. the Mavericks.
Dieng isn't a lock to play as he might not be 100 percent yet. He's averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season, as the arrival of Taj Gibson has decimated his role in Minnesota. Nov 17 - 7:16 PM

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Coach Tom Thibodeau said Gorgui Dieng (finger) may play Friday vs. the Mavs, depending on how Dieng feels after warmups.

Dieng has missed three straight games due to the finger injury. Even when healthy, he is averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season. Playing behind Taj Gibson, Dieng has very limited fantasy value.
Nov 17 - 12:37 PM

Gorgui Dieng (finger) has been ruled out for Wednesday against the Spurs.

Cole Aldrich (ankle) is available to play, so coach Tom Thibodeau may not have to play Taj Gibson at the five if he doesn't want to. Dieng is not getting many minutes at the four and is backing up one of the most durable players in the NBA, so he's not a great player to own.
Nov 15 - 7:50 PM

Gorgui Dieng (finger) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

It looks like Wednesday will mark Dieng's third straight game on the sidelines, and with averages of just 6.9 points, 5.2 boards and not much else in 15.9 minutes per game this season, there's not much incentive for owners to hang onto him through this injury.
Nov 15 - 12:39 PM

Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

He was downgraded from questionable to doubtful after the morning shootaround, so he could miss additional time. His minutes are way down this year with Taj Gibson in town, so Dieng is just a handcuff for Karl-Anthony Towns' owners for now. Nemanja Bjelica could be in line for more minutes behind Gibson and KAT in this one.
Nov 13 - 9:09 PM

Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) is now doubtful for Monday's game vs. Utah.

He was originally questionable, but coach Tom Thibodeau is already planning to be without the big man for the second straight game. Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson will likely log heavy minutes on Monday, and we should see more of Nemanja Bjelica as well. Dieng's role has been reduced significantly this season, so he's more of a stash/handcuff for KAT's owners.
Nov 13 - 1:15 PM

Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) and Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) are questionable to play Monday vs. Utah.

Dieng sat out Saturday's game against the Suns, which resulted in Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson getting all the burn they could handle with Nemanja Bjelica seeing a slight uptick in minutes. It'll be more of the same if Dieng can't give it a go on Monday night, and we should get another update on his status following Monday morning's shootaround.

Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) will dress but will not play against the Suns on Saturday.

The Wolves won't have their center depth today, so Karl-Anthony Towns could be busy. Plus, we should see some Taj Gibson at the five. Dieng isn't really worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 11 - 8:49 PM

Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) are gametime decisions against the Suns.

If both are out, we may see some Taj Gibson at the five, which won't be a problem against the Suns. Dieng is basically just Karl-Anthony Towns' backup.
Nov 11 - 8:21 PM

Gorgui Dieng logged 21 minutes on Wednesday, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals.

The Wolves' five-game win streak was snapped tonight, and Dieng didn't help his case for more playing time with a plus/minus rating of -19. The recent success of the Karl-Anthony Towns/Taj Gibson frontcourt is worrisome, and Dieng isn't a standard-league option unless injuries thin out Minnesota's frontcourt.
Nov 9 - 1:35 AM

Gorgui Dieng notched his first double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 15 points (3-of-7 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with 11 rebounds in 19 minutes.

This line is eye-catching, but it doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Dieng didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, he only played 19 minutes (compared to 29 minutes for Taj Gibson), and the free throw attempts more than doubled his previous season-high. He belongs on the wire until his minutes increase.
Nov 5 - 11:12 PM

Gorgui Dieng had a nice game on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans with 12 points (4-of-8 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

Karl-Anthony Towns had two points and five fouls in 23 minutes, so take Dieng's line with a grain of salt. He's been a really strong fantasy asset for the past couple years, but the arrival of Taj Gibson has ruined him this season and he was averaging just 5.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game prior to Wednesday.
Nov 2 - 1:29 AM

Gorgui Dieng came off the bench on Sunday for seven points, three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 12 minutes.

It's been a very quiet start to the season for Dieng, who ceded his starting job to Taj Gibson, a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau. Gibson had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes tonight, playing alongside Karl-Anthony Towns in the clutch while Dieng sat out the final 11 minutes. It's a very ominous start, but most owners should give Dieng another week to see if his role improves.
Oct 22 - 9:47 PM

Gorgui Dieng came off the bench again vs. the Warriors on Thursday, finishing with nine points (3-of-6 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 10 rebounds, one assist, one block and one triple in 22 minutes.

Taj Gibson started at power forward and it looks like coach Tom Thibodeau is happy with his current lineup. Dieng's minutes are expected to trend down this season, but he'll still get plenty of action because he looks like the backup 4 and 5 -- no other center touched the floor. With a fantasy-friendly game, he's still an option in the middle rounds.
Oct 5 - 9:33 AM

Gorgui Dieng came off the bench against the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 14 points with 12 rebounds and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

He served as the backup center in this game while Taj Gibson fared well as the starting power forward. Coach Tom Thibodeau loves Gibson for his defense and how he can switch, so Dieng may have his work cut out for himself to get any of Taj's minutes. Plus, putting Dieng in the second unit really adds some size to their bench. Dieng is a fantasy darling and won't need much time, but expect him to trend down this season.
Oct 1 - 12:58 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Aaron Brooks
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Anthony Brown
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich