Dieng Named To NBA All-Rookie Team

Wolves rookie center Gorgui Dieng was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team on Thursday. He received 21 first place votes and 54 second place votes from 125 sports writers and broadcasters throughout the U.S.
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Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng has been named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the National Basketball Association announced earlier today.

Originally acquired by the Wolves in a draft-day trade with the Utah Jazz, Dieng averaged 4.8 points on 49.8% shooting and 5.0 rebounds in 60 games (15 starts) last season. He started 15 of Minnesota's final 18 games of the season, averaging 12.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during the stretch.

Dieng made his first career start on Mar. 16, scoring 12 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking five shots to become the first player to record 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ blocks in his first NBA start since Elden Campbell in 1991. Two games later Dieng posted a 22-point, 21-rebound effort against Houston, just the sixth player since 1970 to record a 20+ point, 20+ rebound game within his first three career starts. Dieng is just the fourth rookie in the past 20 years to tally a 20/20 game (Joe Smith, Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair).

The voting panel consisted of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position.  Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.

Dieng joins Felton Spencer, Kevin Garnett, Craig Smith, Kevin Love, Jonny Flynn, Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams as Wolves rookies to earn All-Rookie Second Team honors.

Below are the 2013-14 NBA All-Rookie First and Second Teams:


Player                                               Team                   First (2 pt)        Second (1 Pt)   Total

Michael Carter-Williams                   Philadelphia         125                   -                       250

Victor Oladipo                                   Orlando            124                   -           248      

Trey Burke                                         Utah                    108                   14                     230

Mason Plumlee                                  Brooklyn              95                     24                     214

Tim Hardaway Jr.                                New York             87                     30                     204



Player                                               Team                   First (2 pt)        Second (1 Pt)   Total

Kelly Olynyk                                       Boston                19                     81                     119      

Giannis Antetokounmpo                     Milwaukee            15                     86                     116

Gorgui Dieng                                    Minnesota           21                     54                     96

Cody Zeller                                        Charlotte              3                      61                     67

Steven Adams                                   Oklahoma City     9                      47                     65