Summer coach Jamelle McMillan said Diallo "should be fine", so don't expect the Mali native to be out for long. On a different note, the Kansas City Star's Gary Bedore revealed Diallo has gained 12 pounds this offseason and is now up to 237 pounds with a goal of reaching 245 by the start of the regular season. If that notion ultimately becomes reality, Diallo, 20, could be more of a force to deal with in his second season as a pro.
Diallo supplied 12 points (4-9 FG, 4-5 FT), 16 rebounds, one steal, and one block in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 103-100 win over the Trail Blazers.
Diallo finished his rookie season with a bang, hauling in a career high in boards while amassing his third double-double (and second in a row). Given the Pelicans' depth down low, Diallo didn't get a ton of chances to show what he can do. However, he did provide a small taste of his potential heading into the offseason.
Diallo registered 19 points (9-10 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds and two blocks across 27 minutes in a 108-96 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Diallo certainly benefited from the absences of DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) and Anthony Davis (knee) for their third and second games in a row, respectively, but the rookie more so than any of the Pelicans' available frontcourt players capitalized on the opportunity to see some added run. It was the second double-double of the season for Diallo, who also turned in 19 points and 10 boards on Dec. 10 against the Clippers. The Pelicans have little to gain by making Cousins and Davis active for the season finale Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, so assuming both remain out again, Diallo shapes up as an enticing DFS option.
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