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Gorgui Dieng | Center/Forward

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 233
College: Louisville
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Gorgui Dieng racked up 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 26 minutes of action vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.
We've been talking about his per-minute potential since the preseason, and Dieng has finally crept north of the 25-minute in recent games, and it's no coincidence that Karl-Anthony Towns (22 minutes) was limited tonight. Run Dieng out there as long as he's getting the playing time, but don't be surprised if Sam Mitchell drags his minutes down in the near future. Nov 25 - 11:43 PM

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Gorgui Dieng played 29 minutes against the 76ers on Monday, scoring 12 points with five boards, two blocks and one steal.

Karl-Anthony Towns played just 17 minutes because he was in foul trouble, so Dieng filled in at center admirably. His playing time will continue to be limited because of coach Sam Mitchell's refusal to play him at power forward, but his role will hopefully grow as the season progresses.
Nov 23 - 11:22 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 20 minutes against the Pistons on Friday with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

Even with Nemanja Bjelica (knee) out tonight, Dieng did not log any minutes at power forward. He is putting up some solid per-game numbers, but Dieng figures to be in the teens for playing time most nights.
Nov 20 - 11:22 PM

Gorgui Dieng had seven points, seven rebounds, two steals and five blocks in Wednesday's tough loss, playing 21 minutes off the bench.

"We're not a great shooting basketball team," coach Sam Mitchell said recently, "so we have to rely on our defense and rebounding." You'd think that reality would lead to more than 18.6 minutes per game for Dieng, but Mitchell hasn't seen it that way. Dieng played alongside Karl-Anthony Towns down the stretch, but that's because Nemanja Bjelica had fouled out and Adreian Payne was ineffective. His excellent game could result in an expanded role, but it's just as likely that his minutes drop once Kevin Garnett (rest) returns.

Gorgui Dieng played 11 minutes against the Pacers on Friday with two points, seven rebounds and one steal.

When Nemanja Bjelica got almost as many center minutes as Dieng, that has to be the biggest blow of the season. Dieng is just Karl-Anthony Towns' backup and it's really that simple. Even with his per-minute production, it's really hard to hold him in standard leagues at this point.
Nov 13 - 10:16 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored 11 points with four rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He did get 1:01 next to Karl-Anthony Towns last game because Kevin Garnett was out, but he didn't play next to KAT at all tonight. On the season, he's still below six minutes next to Towns, which really hurts his value. Additionally, Dieng didn't play next to Nikola Pekovic (ankle) before his injury last year. Obviously KAT isn't Pek either. Dieng is a backup center and isn't a must-own player anymore.
Nov 12 - 10:54 PM

Gorgui Dieng played just 18 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Hornets, finishing with two points and six boards.

Kevin Garnett (rest) was not active tonight, but it was a shame to see coach Sam Mitchell refuse to play Dieng next to Karl-Anthony Towns. Both players have the ability to stretch the floor so you would think that they could play together, but Mitchell decided to give Adreian Payne 20 minutes instead. Despite his enormous upside, Dieng is not a must-own player if you need value right now. The good news is that the Wolves play three more times this week.
Nov 10 - 11:35 PM

Gorgui Dieng played just 16 minutes and hit 3-of-5 shots for six points, three boards, a steal and zero blocks in a win over the Hawks on Monday.

He's only getting minutes at center this season, which has crushed his value. And if he's not blocking shots, he has no fantasy value. It still feels like he'll eventually get it going at some point, but Sam Mitchell isn't helping the situation by keeping him out of the power forward slot. Hold him if you can, but do what you need to do if he's holding your team back.
Nov 9 - 11:14 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 23 minutes due to some Karl-Anthony Towns foul trouble on Saturday, scoring six points with seven boards and two steals.

He's still played next to Karl-Anthony Towns for just four minutes on the season and it's been zero minutes in the last four games. Unless coach Sam Mitchell changes his rotation, Dieng's fantasy value is tied to Towns' foul trouble, which isn't good. He's not exactly must-own material, but Dieng's per-minute numbers make him worth owning in most scenarios.
Nov 7 - 9:34 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 26 minutes against the Heat on Thursday with 10 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

Karl-Anthony Towns had his worst game of the season, so Dieng picked up some extra minutes. These two are still not playing next to each other much, which will make it tough for Dieng to stay consistent. His upside is still too high and he should remain owned unless it's to grab a red-hot free agent.
Nov 6 - 12:23 AM

Gorgui Dieng played 21 minutes against the Blazers on Monday with 12 points, five rebounds and one assist.

He only played next to Karl-Anthony Towns for just two seconds in the fourth quarter for rebounding, and he's only played next to him for just 4.2 minutes on the season. In other words, he's Towns' backup, which is not a good sign for his playing time. His fantasy floor is still very solid, so owners just have to hope coach Sam Mitchell caves and plays Dieng next to KAT more.
Nov 2 - 11:25 PM

Gorgui Dieng played just 13 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets, finishing with two points, one board and a block.

Ouch. Dieng was expected to start the season slow with Kevin Garnett still healthy and the youth movement not yet in full force, but this is well below expectations. We're not advising dropping him and picking up the top-50 player from last season is a fine move. Just expect the returns to be shaky for the first month of the season.
Oct 31 - 2:04 AM

Gorgui Dieng played just 20 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring four points with four boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

The Wolves played 12 different players tonight, so they are probably just tinkering with the rotation to see what works and what doesn't. Dieng is too talented to only see 20 minutes per night on this team, so that should change in the near future. Hold onto Dieng and just remember that he was a top-50 player down the stretch last season with 30 minutes per game.
Oct 29 - 1:59 AM

Timberwolves exercised the contract option of F/C Gorgui Dieng.

This is about as standard procedure as standard procedure gets.
Oct 23 - 8:19 PM

Timberwolves exercised the contract option of F/C Gorgui Dieng.

This is about as standard procedure as standard procedure gets.
Oct 23 - 8:19 PM

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All Positions
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Zach LaVine
3Andre Miller
4Tyus Jones
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Kevin Martin
SF1Tayshaun Prince
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Damjan Rudez
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Nikola Pekovic