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Gorgui Dieng | Center

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 233
College: Louisville
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Gorgui Dieng racked up three quick fouls on Friday and never got on track, posting two points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in a one-point win over the Bulls.
Dieng has been impressive this preseason and he's averaging 9.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 1.4 blocks in the Wolves' past five games, in just 26 minutes per contest. He'll be a low-end option while stuck in a backup role, but an injury to Thaddeus Young or Nikola Pekovic would thrust him into must-own territory. Oct 24 - 10:36 PM

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Gorgui Dieng scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 29 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

It's worth noting that he didn't play next to Nikola Pekovic tonight and he's probably not going to in the regular season unless the Wolves are in foul trouble. As tonight's stat line suggests, Dieng is worth a look late in drafts and would be a beast should Pek need to miss time.
Oct 22 - 11:31 PM

Gorgui Dieng had his team option exercised on Sunday.

He was a revelation at the end of last season when he replaced an injured Nikola Pekovic in the starting lineup. Dieng is penciled in as the backup center to Pek for now, but given Pek's injury history, Dieng might be worth a late-round flier.
Oct 19 - 3:09 PM

Gorgui Dieng came off the bench against the 76ers on Friday, scoring five points with nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

He's going to back up Nikola Pekovic and will probably have a tough time getting big minutes while Pek is healthy. Fantasy owners can still give him a look late because Pekovic is already being rested for a foot injury. He did have 12 points, nine boards and one block tonight, though.
Oct 10 - 11:44 PM

Gorgui Dieng started at center on Tuesday and had 16 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in 29 minutes of a loss to the Pacers.

Nikola Pekovic got the night off to rest his constantly troublesome ankles and Dieng played very well in his stead. He hit 7-of-13 shots and just 2-of-5 free throws, and any time Pekovic is out this season, Dieng could be a sneak fantasy play. And if he keeps this up, he could earn his way into a timeshare with Pekovic.
Oct 7 - 11:12 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Mo Williams
3J.J. Barea
4Brady Heslip
SG1Kevin Martin
2Chase Budinger
3Zach LaVine
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Corey Brewer
3Shabazz Muhammad
4Robbie Hummel
5Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Anthony Bennett
C1Nikola Pekovic
2Gorgui Dieng
3Ronny Turiaf