Gorgui Dieng saw more time at power forward than center during the 2015-16 season, and set a career-high season average of 10.1 points per game.
Since coming into the league, Dieng has made a name for himself as a lanky defender who understands how to play help-side defense at the NBA level and protect the paint against smaller slashers, though struggles at times when matched up one-on-one against bigger and stronger big men down low. In 2015, Dieng appeared in every game for the first time in his professional career, and while he set a new season-high in points, field goal percentage and steals, he found less boards and swatted fewer shots than he did in 2014. However, the presence of Rookie of the Year candidate Karl-Anthony Towns had something to do with that. With Towns in the lineup, Dieng played more power forward than center for the first time in his career and was allowed to expand his offensive repertoire at the expense of his defensive production. Looking ahead to 2016, expect Dieng to continue to be deployed at the four. Newly-hired head coach Tom Thibodeau reportedly pushed for the Bulls to draft Dieng over Tony Snell when he coached Chicago in 2016, and will assuredly find a way to put Dieng in a position to succeed.
Gorgui Dieng collected 18 points (7-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt), 13 rebounds, two assists and a block over 34 minutes in Thursday's 105-97 victory over the Kings.
After a stretch of four single-digit outings in five games largely promoted by a downturn in minutes, Dieng encouragingly received over 30 minutes and recorded his best point total since compiling 18 against the Wizards on Mar. 25. His rebound total was also notably his highest in over two months, as he appeared to be the dominant frontcourt force that he often served as during February and March. It remains to be seen if coach Sam Mitchell will opt to give Dieng enough playing time over the final few games to continue producing at Thursday's clip.
Gorgui Dieng played 19 minutes and accrued 10 points (5-8 FG), five rebounds, two blocks, and one steal during Tuesday's 124-117 overtime victory over the Warriors.
Dieng has been seeing 30-plus minutes for most of his stint as the fill-in starter in the frontcourt for the ailing Kevin Garnett (knee), but coach Sam Mitchell has de-emphasized the third-year big man of late, giving him no more than 23 minutes in any of the last four games. His reduced role has resulted in more court time of late for Nemanja Bjelica, whose three-point shooting ability gives the Minnesota Timberwolves a little more spacing when Bjelica works as a power forward next to Karl-Anthony Towns. Look for Mitchell to stick with this usage pattern for the rest of the season, limiting Dieng's appeal as a DFS option.
Gorgui Dieng dropped 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 37 minutes during the Minnesota Timberwolves ' 113-104 win against the Kings on Wednesday.
Dieng was excellent on Wednesday, dominating alongside Karl-Anthony Towns in the Timberwolves' win. Over the last five contests, Dieng is contributing 12.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, two blocks, and 1.8 steals in 33 minutes per game.
The third-year pro shook off the lingering soreness of a hip injury suffered in Wednesday's victory over the Grizzlies to come just a rebound shy of his first double-double since Feb. 22. It was notably the fifth game in March that Dieng has come within one board of the feat, but he did manage his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort, and fifth in the last six games. Dieng has served as a strong multi-category producer since prior to the All-Star break save for a couple of outlier performances, and is now averaging 11.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.6 steals in nine March games.
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