Niang has appeared in each of the Jazz's six games and has seen his role grow in the last two contests, logging double-digit minutes on both occasions. The forward looked like a candidate to lose his rotation spot with Thabo Sefolosha returning from a five-game suspension Sunday, but Niang instead remained ahead of Sefolosha on the depth chart. The sterling shooting performance should be enough to keep Niang in the rotation through at least Wednesday's game in Minnesota.
Niang notched 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, and one block in 15 minutes during Friday's 129-99 win over the Adelaide 36ers.
Niang somehow managed to foul out, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless. With that being said, Niang isn't likely to crack the Jazz's deep regular season rotation unless a rash of injuries strikes.
Niang posted 18 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, five assists and a steal across 28 minutes in Saturday's 92-86 Vegas Summer league second-round playoff loss to the Grizzlies.
Niang likely had a bit more spring in his step after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Jazz on Friday, His Summer League performances have certainly warranted the deal. Over five games in Vegas, he's averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while averaging 26.6 minutes on the floor.
Niang signed a two-way deal with the Jazz in January of last season. He played just 32 minutes at the NBA level, spending most of his time in the G-League with the Salt Lake City Stars, where he averaged 22.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists while making 2.6 threes per game at a 52.7 percent clip. He continued the impressive play through this year's summer league, which likely helped earn him the deal, averaging 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists while hitting 40.6 percent of his threes. Assuming he can continue drilling threes at a high level, he could earn more NBA minutes in 2018-19.
Niang recorded 12 points (4-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot across 24 minutes in Thursday's 75-70 Summer League playoff win over the Magic.
Niang has done more than enough to warrant a closer look from the Jazz. He's led the team in scoring a few times and has churned out some double-doubles as well. He saw limited time with the team last season, which makes him a favorite to win a spot on the roster.
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