Diakite registered 13 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-8 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block across 38 minutes in Sunday's loss against the Bulls.
Diakite logged a team-high 38 minutes and while he failed to shoot the ball efficiently, he ended just three rebounds away from a double-double while making an impact on the defensive court as well. That said, Diakite is not expected to see a lot of playing time during the postseason and should be a fantasy non-factor moving forward.
Diakite, previously on a two-way contract, will have his deal converted into a multiyear agreement with the Bucks, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
While on a two-way contract, Diakite initially saw action in the G League bubble with the Lakeland Magic, as the Bucks did not send their affiliate, the Herd, to the bubble. He was an All-G League selection by way of 18.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 assists in 27.7 minutes. With the Bucks, he's totaled 95 minutes across 11 games, racking up 27 points, 25 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals.
Diakite totaled 10 points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 23 minutes during Friday's 127-119 loss to the Hornets.
In the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee), Khris Middleton (knee), Jrue Holiday (knee), Brook Lopez (back) and Donte DiVincenzo (hip), Diakite played a career-high 23 minutes. The rookie made the most of his run by scoring a career-high 10 points, with the majority of those (six) coming from a perfect night at the free-throw line. In his four years at Virginia, Diakite never shot above 78 percent from the charity stripe, but he did average 4.1 free-throw attempts per game his senior year, so it is nice to see that translating to the NBA.
Diakite (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) played five minutes off the bench Thursday in the Bucks' 134-101 win over the Knicks, finishing with two points (1-2 FG), two rebounds, two assists and one block.
Diakite was available after he missed Milwaukee's final game before the All-Star break while he waited to clear the NBA's health and safety protocol following his call-up from the G League bubble in Orlando. The two-way rookie had been inactive for nearly the entire season, but he suited up Thursday and finally got the chance to make his NBA debut due to the blowout. Expect most of Diakite's minutes to come in garbage-time scenarios the rest of the season.
Diakite is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Grizzlies after being placed in the NBA's health and safety protocol.
Diakite enters the protocol one day after the Bucks recalled him from the G League bubble in Orlando. The two-way rookie was unlikely to be active for Thursday's game even if he had been available, so his absence won't affect head coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation.
Diakite was recalled from the G League on Wednesday.
The two-way signee hasn't appeared in an NBA game this season, but he's turned heads in 12 G League appearances, averaging 18.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.1 assists. He's unlikely to make much of an impact for the Bucks right away, but it's possible he could work his way into the rotation on some nights as a depth piece behind Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Diakite delivered 21 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and 12 rebounds across 29 minutes in Monday's win over Greensboro.
Diakite continues to be one of the most productive players in the G League this season and has been a double-double machine, notching that feat in six straight contests. In fact, he has double-doubles in nine of his 12 games this season and is averaging 18.3 points with 10.2 rebounds per outing.
Diakite had 25 points (10-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and two steals across 37 minutes in Sunday's win over Fort Wayne.
Diakite was one of three Lakeland players that scored in double digits in this one, and the big man once again delivered a strong output on both ends of the court -- he recorded a season-high five blocks while also notching his fifth straight double-double. His defensive impact has been huge and he's recorded multiple blocks in each of his last five outings.
Diakite had 21 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 31 minutes in Friday's win over Delaware.
Diakite spent the first few weeks of the season playing off the bench but moved to the starting lineup in this one. The effect was the same, though, as he once again delivered a strong performance on both ends of the court. Diakite has been Lakeland's best player in the current G League and has been looking dominant on both ends of the court on a nightly basis.
Diakite had 21 points (9-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 33 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's loss against Canton.
Diakite has been one of the league's most dominant and versatile players, and he's been a major stud for Lakeland so far. He has scored at least 20 points in five games already while also recording six double-doubles over his last seven appearances.
Diakite had 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds, three blocks and two assists across 26 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's loss against Westchester.
Diakite continues to make an impact on both ends of the court for Lakeland despite coming off the bench, and he's been arguably one of the team's top performers. He has posted five double-doubles this season, including two in back-to-back contests.
Diakite registered 27 points (11-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 14 rebounds, two blocks and an assist across 30 minutes off the bench in Sunday's overtime win over Agua Caliente.
Diakite was coming off a poor outing the last time out, scoring just nine points in 21 minutes against Oklahoma City, but he bounced back here and now has four double-doubles this season -- along with four games with 20 or more points. Despite his bench role, he should remain a steady presence on both ends of the court for Lakeland.
Diakite only had nine points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists and a block across 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's loss against the Blue.
Diakite entered this game with three straight double-doubles and three games with 20 points, but Oklahoma City held him in check all game long and forced him to deliver one of his worst performances of the season. Diakite should continue to be a steady weapon off the bench for Lakeland, though.
Diakite notched 20 points (8-15 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and a steal across 26 minutes off the bench in Thursday's loss against Erie.
Diakite has been coming off the bench regularly for Lakeland, but he has been making a huge impact with three straight double-doubles and three games with 20 points. He is averaging 16.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per tilt, excellent numbers considering he's only playing 24.4 minutes per matchup.
Diakite had 16 points (7-16 FG, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds and a block across 26 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's win over Rio Grande.
Diakite couldn't repeat the two 20-point performances he recorded earlier this year, but he posted his second double-double of the campaign and has been a fantasy stud to date despite holding a bench role for Lakeland. He should remain productive as long as he continues to see heavy minutes due to his ability to impact the game at both ends of the court.
Diakite had 20 points (9-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal across 24 minutes off the bench in Sunday's win over Memphis.
Diakite has played all three games for Lakeland but has been a reliable scoring presence while also contributing in other areas as well. Through three games, he is averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Diakite racked up 20 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal across 29 minutes off the bench in Friday's win over Long Island.
Diakite logged six points across 16 minutes in the season opener, but he showed glimpses of what he can do with an expanded role Friday. He's not likely to move to the starting lineup any time soon, but he might be in line for a bigger role after impressing against Long Island.
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