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Gorgui Dieng | Center/Forward | #5

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 251
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (21) / UTA
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Gorgui Dieng scored 11 points with six rebounds, one block and two triples in 17 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.
Taj Gibson was ruled out with neck soreness in the first quarter, and Dieng probably would've played more if not for foul trouble. If Gibson is unable to play on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets, that means we'll likely see more of both Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica -- Bjelica started the second half and had two points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 20 minutes. Dieng will have mid-round upside with starter's minutes, so keep an eye on the injury report. Apr 9 - 11:00 PM

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Gorgui Dieng scored 15 points with 11 boards, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

The Wolves had their biggest deficit of the season at 28 points, but the second-unit guys battled back to cut it to nine with less than three minutes left. The 76ers brought their starters back in with 2:39 left, but coach Tom Thibodeau kept going with the bench. You can pretty much ignore this fantasy gem.
Mar 24 - 8:45 PM

Gorgui Dieng finished with six points across 19 minutes in Friday's loss at Utah.

Dieng was seeing another game with big minutes with Nemanja Bjelica logging plenty of run at small forward. Dieng was used plenty at the four, and he was needed in the middle with Karl-Anthony Towns suffering an ejection early in the game. Despite the uptick in playing time lately Dieng is still only worth using in deeper fantasy leagues at this juncture.
Mar 3 - 2:39 AM

Gorgui Dieng played 24 minutes with two points, five rebounds and one assist against the Blazers on Thursday.

The minutes are going to increase slightly because Nemanja Bjelica will be playing small forward to open up minutes at the four. Dieng has still be extremely quiet on the stat sheet, so he's hardly an add until he shows up on paper.
Mar 2 - 1:15 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored six points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals in 16 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

Coach Tom Thibodeau has ditched some of his two-center lineups lately, which has caused Dieng's minutes to take a dip. Over his last five, he's averaged just 4.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 steals in 16.6 minutes per game. His upside is severely capped if he can't get to 20 minutes per game.
Jan 25 - 12:17 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored four points with three rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

His minutes are starting to drop a bit lately, but the matchups may be a factor with this game against the Rockets and also facing the Magic on Tuesday. Dieng is still probably worth holding in most formats for his fantasy-friendly game.
Jan 18 - 11:48 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He usually plays well against the Pelicans and he brought it again. DeMarcus Cousins did fall on Dieng's right arm to cause some pain, but Dieng stayed in the game. He's been able to earn more minutes next to Karl-Anthony Towns, which puts him on the map as a hold in standard leagues.
Jan 7 - 12:04 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored eight points with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 17 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

He did have a minor injury to his right knee as he had some leg-on-leg contact with Jarrett Allen, but he stayed in the game. Dieng's minutes are probably going to drop a little, but coach Tom Thibodeau is still playing him next to Karl-Anthony Towns more than he was a month ago before the injury to Nemanja Bjelica.
Jan 3 - 11:40 PM

Gorgui Dieng had a productive night vs. the Lakers on Monday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-8 shots with four rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes.

As much as we'd like to get excited about this line, Dieng's big night was a result of Karl-Anthony Towns' foul trouble -- Dieng scored 13 points in the first half with KAT picking up three early fouls. The big man played just 19.8 minutes per game in December and things are going to be even trickier in January with Nemanja Bjelica healthy again. He's a deep-league asset, at least until Taj Gibson's wheels fall off.
Jan 1 - 11:00 PM

Gorgui Dieng posted 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two 3-pointers and one steal in 23 minutes off the bench Saturday.

Dieng moved into second-place on the Wolves' all-time shot blocking list -- at 375 swats, he passed Rasho Nesterovic but remains more than 1,200 blocks behind Kevin Garnett (1,590). The bad news is that Dieng came in averaging a mere 3.9 points in his previous seven games. He's chipping in enough rebounds and defensive stats for value in some deep leagues, but most owners should leave him on the wire.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 12:16:00 AM

Gorgui Dieng chipped in four points on 2-of-4 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes on Sunday.

Nemanja Bjelica (left mid-foot sprain) was out again tonight, but he has been on the active list the past two games. His return would be a direct threat to Dieng's increased playing time -- with 21.9 minutes over the past seven games, Dieng has averaged 9.3 points (63.0% FGs, 83.3% FTs), 5.1 boards, 2.3 assists and 0.3 triples. That's been good enough for low-end value in most leagues, but it might not last much longer.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 21 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

The good news for Dieng is he's getting minutes next to Karl-Anthony Towns right now. However, that duo has a -17.0 net rating in the 11 games they've played together, so Dieng is probably going to be moving to his old backup C role soon. If you have him, you may want to sell high with Nemanja Bjelica (foot) getting close.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 01:37:00 AM

Gorgui Dieng hit 4-of-5 shots for 10 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.

He's been playing much better lately, averaging 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals over his last four games. Dieng is still not a reliable fantasy starter, but is at least playing well enough to be given a look in some fantasy leagues now. Just keep in mind that Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will hurt him some once he's back in action.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 10:46:00 PM

Gorgui Dieng had six points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 19 minutes vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) was out again tonight but it sounds like he's getting closer, and his return will threaten Dieng's recent upswing. The 27-year-old big man has really fallen off with Taj Gibson in Minnesota, so it shouldn't be hard to find a fantasy replacement on the waiver wire.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 10:48:00 PM

Gorgui Dieng stepped up with Karl-Anthony Towns in foul trouble on Wednesday, notching a season-high 19 points with six rebounds, five assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

When asked about his strong play vs. DeMarcus Cousins tonight, Dieng replied, "I'm not gonna let anyone bully me." The minutes, assists and steals were also season-highs, and this was the first time since Nov. 8 that Dieng has played more than 20 minutes, so take it with a grain of salt. Most owners can just watch him over the next few games, in case his role expands.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 01:03:00 AM

Depth Charts

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