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Gorgui Dieng | Center/Forward | #5

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 240
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (21) / UTA
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Gorgui Dieng finished with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and one triple before fouling out in 33 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.
He dropped a perfect pass from Ricky Rubio in the final minute and also committed a costly offensive foul in the seven-point loss. Dieng hit 4-of-6 from the field, but couldn't add any steals or blocks. His minutes are much safer with Nemanja Bjelica (foot) out of the picture and he had a decent game on Sunday with nine points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes, so his owners should stick with him for the final 12 games of the season. Mar 22 - 12:52 AM

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Gorgui Dieng, who went scoreless on Friday, finished Sunday's road game with nine points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, making 3-of-4 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs in 35 minutes.

Dieng has been quiet lately, primarily due to the fact that he shot an uncharacteristic 36.9 percent over his past 10 games. The slump had to end sometime, and hopefully his play tonight will ignite a hot stretch with 13 games remaining in the regular season.
Mar 19 - 8:45 PM

Gorgui Dieng had a rough game vs. the Heat on Friday, finishing with zero points on seven missed shots.

This was his first game of the season in which he finished scoreless. He grabbed five rebounds with two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes, but there's still hope for his owners -- Nemanja Bjelica (foot) has been ruled out for the season which means Dieng's workload will be much safer going forward. Expect him to be bounce back vs. the Pelicans on Sunday.
Mar 17 - 11:16 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored seven points with nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four steals in 39 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

While he hasn't played well on the scoring side, Dieng is back to putting up elite defensive stats with 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He's seen slightly more center minutes lately, which may also explain why he has 9.8 rebounds per game in that span. He's still a fine mid-round guy.
Mar 9 - 1:14 AM

Gorgui Dieng acknowledged that it's been tough for him to get involved in the offense with Zach LaVine (knee) on the sidelines.

"Honestly, I’ve been struggling without him on the court because I know a lot of stuff when I pop [off a screen] or a when I roll," Dieng said. "He knows when to hit me, where to give me the ball." Dieng was shooting 56.7 percent from the field prior to the LaVine injury, but since LaVine hit the sidelines, Dieng's field goal percentage has plummetted to 40.8 percent. Despite the lame shooting, Dieng has still be working with a top-100 evaluation since LaVine hit the sidelines, and he just has way too much upside to drop in most scenarios.
Mar 8 - 9:44 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored 13 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

He really needed a strong game and the Spurs going with two bigs for most of their run was just what the doctor ordered. While Dieng isn't lighting up the box scores, he's still been a 10th-round player since the break because he doesn't really pull his owners down anywhere. He's still a hold in all standard leagues.
Mar 5 - 12:28 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored seven points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 23 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He is in one of his worst slumps of the season. In his last five games, Dieng made just 35.1 percent from the field with averages of 7.2 points, 7.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 steals in 27.8 minutes. His owners should still hold him in all standard leagues and hope he can bounce back on Saturday against the Spurs.
Mar 2 - 12:57 AM

Gorgui Dieng missed all eight of his field goal attempts in Monday's game against the Kings, finishing with just two points.

It wasn't a completely lost night for Dieng's fantasy owners, as he snagged 10 rebounds to go along with an assist and just two turnovers in 35 minutes. Dieng has double-digit rebounding totals in four of his past six outings, and the big man has quick hands, posting 15 steals over his past eight contests. Don't expect much in the way of offense from Dieng, especially playing next to Karl-Anthony Towns. However, Dieng gets his fair share of rebounds, steals and an occasional blocked shot.
Feb 28 - 1:08 AM

Gorgui Dieng double-doubled with 16 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday vs the Rockets.

Dieng finished an efficient 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line, adding two assists, four steals and one block in 36 minutes. The big man has slowed down considerably in February with averages of 7.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in his previous 11 games this month, so there's some buy-low appeal here for a guy who's still returning top-60 value in standard leagues on the season.
Feb 26 - 12:21 AM

Gorgui Dieng had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a 3-pointer in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 116-108 loss to the Cavaliers.

Dieng hasn't exactly been killing it this season, but has been effective and tonight was his second consecutive double-double. He's getting 33 minutes a night and playing well enough to be owned in all leagues, even though he's not setting the league on fire.
Feb 14 - 10:31 PM

Gorgui Dieng had six rebounds and two steals on Wednesday, but he scored just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in 21 minutes of action.

Personal fouls took a toll tonight, but this is the third time in four games that Dieng has been held to single-digit scoring. The minutes have been there lately, though, and we've seen him go through mini slumps before. His owners should just keep the faith.
Feb 1 - 10:13 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting vs. the Magic on Monday.

He matched his season-high with 14 rebounds in the win, adding three assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. While he still saw a solid workload, it's worth noting that Dieng didn't play down the stretch because Nemanja Bjelica provided a spark off the bench. That's happened quite a few times this season and Bjelica's floor spacing is crucial late in games, but Dieng's value is safe and he's locked in as a mid-round player the rest of the way.
Jan 30 - 11:04 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored 16 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 34 minutes vs. the Suns on Tuesday.

He shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field, but didn't attempt any 3-pointers or free throws. Dieng was coming off a four-point dud vs. the Nuggets in which he got into some foul trouble, but he returned to form tonight and is a must-start option until further notice. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Thursday.
Jan 25 - 12:40 AM

Gorgui Dieng picked up three quick fouls and never got back on track Sunday, finishing with four points on 2-of-3 shooting in only 17 minutes of action.

Dieng added one board, one assist, two steals and one block without any turnovers. Shabazz Muhammad was excellent tonight and the Wolves found success with smaller lineups, all of which added to Dieng's disappointing output. There are more small-ball teams on the horizon this week, with matchups vs. the Suns, Pacers and Nets, but Dieng's owners shouldn't hesitate to deploy him.
Jan 22 - 10:30 PM

Gorgui Dieng racked up 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks against the Spurs on Tuesday.

He only played 29 minutes because coach Tom Thibodeau is starting to have more trust in Nemanja Bjelica due to his ability to stretch the floor late in games. However, Dieng is still producing at a high level and was coming off a 21-point game on Sunday. The presence of Bjelica is annoying, but Dieng's owners shouldn't be too concerned.
Jan 17 - 11:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Kris Dunn
3Tyus Jones
SG1Zach LaVine
2Brandon Rush
3Lance Stephenson
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Omri Casspi
3Shabazz Muhammad
PF1Gorgui Dieng
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Cole Aldrich
3Jordan Hill
4Nikola Pekovic