Gorgui Dieng

#5 PF / Minnesota Timberwolves / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-11 Weight: 251 lb Age: 27 College: Louisville

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Gorgui Dieng had another solid year during the 2016-17 campaign, his fourth season, though didn't show significant improvement. He averaged 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals across 32.4 minutes per game - all of which are a decrease from the 2015-16 season per 36 minutes. He also shot 50.2 percent from the field and went 16-of-43 (37.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Once again, he'll likely be the odd man out on offense during the upcoming season, with Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns making up the other members of the (presumed) starting five. The Timberwolves also brought in Taj Gibson, a veteran power forward, over the summer. While Dieng started all 82 games last season, he may have to battle Gibson for that role during training camp. All that in mind, it seems doubtful that Dieng's production will rise during 2017-18, and his Fantasy stock will probably take a dip overall. While he may be deserving of a Fantasy roster spot, letting someone else take the gamble could be the right way to go, as Dieng's floor is much more significant than his ceiling.

Player News
  • Dieng (finger) is available for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Alan Horton of the Timberwolves Radio Network reports. Dieng has missed the team's past three games while dealing with a sprained right index finger, though has seemingly recovered enough to take the floor Friday. As a result, Taj Gibson and Nemanja Bjelica will likely see fewer minutes.

  • Dieng (finger) will participate in pregame warmups before a decision is made on his status for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Dieng has missed the last three games due to a sprained right finger, but it looks like he has a real shot to return Friday barring any setbacks in warmups. Expect an update to come on Dieng just before tip-off.

  • Dieng (finger) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Kyle Ratke of Timberwolves.com reports. Dieng will miss a third straight game as he continues to deal with a sprained right index finger. Taj Gibson should be the main beneficiary with the big man out, while Cole Aldrich (ankle) -- who is available to play Wednesday -- will provide depth behind Gibson and Karl-Anthony Towns.

  • Dieng (finger) will sit out Monday's game against the Jazz, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports. Dieng will be missing a second straight game with a sprained right index finger, which he originally suffered in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors. With Cole Aldrich (knee) also dealing with an injury, the Timberwolves could be a bit short-handed with their frontcourt depth, likely meaning more minutes for Nemanja Bjelica at power forward.

  • Dieng (finger) is not likely to play in Monday's game against the Jazz. Should Dieng officially be ruled out, the big man will miss his second straight game with a sprained finger. With Cole Aldrich (ankle) also questionable, the Timberwolves could again be without two key frontcourt options off the bench. Should Aldrich be ruled active, he'd be in a spot to see some extended minutes off the bench, but if not, Nemanja Bjelica would likely be the lone frontcourt player to see minutes as a reserve Monday.

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