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Gorgui Dieng | Center

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 238
College: Louisville
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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

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Gorgui Dieng hit a game-winning shot to beat the Rockets 112-110 on Friday, finishing with 12 points, 20 boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes.

He's looked tremendous on defense in the past month and that was a big reason why he received his Western Conference Rookie of the Month award tonight. Dieng is locked in to big minutes the rest of the way and should be viewed as a strong start in standard formats.
Apr 12 - 12:47 AM

Gorgui Dieng double-doubled on Tuesday for the first time in two weeks, scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in an easy win vs. the Spurs.

Dieng was the 21st pick in the 2013 draft, as Utah sent their pick to Minnesota, and he already looks like a steal for the Wolves. Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic form a terrific frontcourt but neither of them are imposing rim defenders, which Dieng already is as a 24-year-old rookie. He has plenty of upside as a fantasy option next year, though his development may be stifled by the Wolves' obvious commitment to Pekovic, whose fully-guaranteed contracts gives him an average of $12.0 million over the next four years (through 2017-18).
Apr 8 - 10:52 PM

Gorgui Dieng played 36 minutes against the Magic on Saturday with 12 points, eight boards, three assists and two blocks.

The Wolves were missing 60 percent of their starting lineup with Kevin Love (back), Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (foot) out, and then Chase Budinger also went down with an ankle sprain. In other words, the team had a whole bunch of holes to fill tonight and it allowed Dieng to get some run. Turiaf didn't look too great tonight, so Dieng looks like a strong speculative add until Love is back on the court.
Apr 5 - 9:35 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting with four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in Friday's double-overtime win against the Heat.

We're a little surprised Dieng didn't get a few more minutes in an extended game, but it looked like Rick Adelman wanted vets on the floor in crunch time. The rookie is going to have a similar floor for the rest of the year and eventually the Wolves might cut him loose again, making him a must-own player.
Apr 5 - 12:41 AM

Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders said on Friday the team needs to take 15 pounds off Shabazz Muhammad and add it to Gorgui Dieng.

Flip is obviously joking around here, but Dieng could definitely use some extra size. He has very quick feet for a center and adding 15 pounds wouldn't be too detrimental to his agility. Dieng has been pushed around a bit in the low post, but he's really blossomed in the past two weeks. Even if Nikola Pekovic sits tonight, Dieng is looking at a timeshare split with Ronny Turiaf back. He's still a decent bet for a double-double vs. the Heat.
Apr 4 - 5:01 PM

Gorgui Dieng started in place of Nikola Pekovic (ankle) on Wednesday during a 102-88 win, scoring eight points with nine boards, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

While Pekovic could be a shut-down candidate, the return of Ronny Turiaf takes the wind out of the sails of Dieng as a red-hot pickup. He would have been a must-add player, but he's now more of a fringe guy to grab for owners seeking a big man down the stretch.
Apr 3 - 12:55 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block, and could be in line for big minutes with Nikola Pekovic leaving Monday's game early after aggravating his bad ankle.

Dieng had a shot at holding onto some value in a backup role and though we don't know the extent of Pek's injury, there's way more than enough here to consider him a must-own player. The Wolves have nothing to play for and even if Pekovic can return there's no guarantee that he stays healthy.
Apr 1 - 1:24 AM

Coming off the bench behind Nikola Pekovic, Wolves rookie Gorgui Dieng had five points, 11 rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes on Sunday.

He posted 14 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes on Friday, but even his impressive per-minute production won't mean much if his minutes stall out around 20 per game. It will be tough for him to play more as long as the Wolves have a relatively healthy Nikola Pekovic (13 points in 27 minutes).
Mar 30 - 8:23 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting with nine rebounds and a block in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Nikola Pekovic returned and logged 26 points in his 22 minutes, but this was a hard game to gauge playing against a Lakers team that gave up in the 36-point blowout. Dieng has flashed ability to produce with lower workloads so we don't want to write him off just yet, but he'll have his work cut out for him.
Mar 28 - 10:56 PM

Gorgui Dieng will come off the bench on Friday night vs. the Lakers.

He was barely even in the rotation before Nikola Pekovic missed his last six games, but coach Rick Adelman almost has to use him tonight. Dieng double-doubled in five of his last six games and it's still possible for him to do so in the second unit, but it's a much bigger gamble even in a favorable matchup.
Mar 28 - 6:59 PM

Gorgui Dieng stayed hot on Wednesday with 15 points, 15 rebounds, a steal and a block on 6-of-8 shooting in Wednesday's easy win over the Hawks.

Dieng is going to be responsible for a lot of fantasy playoff owners, as he's been on a tear for two weeks since Nikola Pekovic went down with an ankle injury. There's still some hope that Pek will be back at some point this weekend, but until it happens, Dieng remains a must-start fantasy center.
Mar 27 - 1:10 AM

Gorgui Dieng continued his string of impressive starts for Nikola Pekovic (ankle) on Monday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting with 17 rebounds and a steal in 37 minutes.

The Wolves don't have a realistic shot at going to the playoffs and it's debatable whether or not the team has packed it in. Dieng has flashed considerable promise and at the same time Pekovic has nothing to race back to, nor has anybody reporting on his return given us anything substantial to bank a return on. It makes sense that Dieng continues to roll for the rest of the year, though it's not a certainty.
Mar 25 - 12:49 AM

In his fourth consecutive start at center, Wolves rookie Gorgui Dieng notched six points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes vs. the visiting Suns.

Phoenix forced the Wolves to match their small and speedy lineups, which makes Dieng's decent game even more encouraging. He was coming off three straight double-doubles and is the first rookie in franchise history to notch a 20/20 game, which he did on Thursday. Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is technically day-to-day but it's uncertain when his ankle bursitis might relent, and until that happens Dieng belongs in all fantasy lineups.
Mar 23 - 6:40 PM

Gorgui Dieng had a career night in a loss to the Rockets on Thursday with 22 points, 21 boards, four assists and one steal in 38 minutes.

He shot 6-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line as one of the bigger components of the offense. Dieng made his third start tonight and double-doubled in all of them with six blocks in his previous two. The rookie has some quick feet for a guy his size at 6'11" and he's helped locked down the paint for the Wolves on defense -- tonight's effort notwithstanding. Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Ronny Turiaf (knee) do not have target dates to return, so it's not a bad idea to grab Dieng in all leagues and see what happens.
Mar 20 - 10:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2J.J. Barea
SG1Kevin Martin
2Chase Budinger
3Alexey Shved
SF1Corey Brewer
2Luc Mbah a Moute
3Shabazz Muhammad
4Robbie Hummel
PF1Kevin Love
2Dante Cunningham
C1Nikola Pekovic
2Ronny Turiaf
3Gorgui Dieng