Roster Review | Gorgui Dieng
F/C | 6-11, 241 lbs
2016-17 season: 82 games, 82 starts, 32.4 MPG, 10 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.2 BPG, 1.1 SPG, 50.2 FG%, 37.2 3P%, 81.4 FT%
Gorgui Dieng was consistent once again in his fourth season in the NBA. He played in 82 games and started every single one of them. The fact that Dieng was the 21st player taken in the 2013 NBA Draft seems like a steal right now. According to Basketball-Reference’s Win Shares tool, Dieng ranks fifth with 18.7 behind only Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mason Plumlee and Steven Adams, and ahead of players like C.J. McCollum, Victor Oladipo and Nerlens Noel.
He was a model of consistency once again in 2016-17 and has become a player who Tom Thibodeau knows he depend on. Dieng has had a Value Over Replacement Player of 2.5 over the last three seasons.
While Dieng doesn’t get as much attention as Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, that doesn’t mean he’s not an extremely important part of the Timberwolves and their future.
Top Three Games Of The Season
3.) Dec. 28 at Nuggets
In this 105-103 road loss to the Nuggets, Dieng finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. He shot an almost-perfect 9-for-11 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
2.) April 11 vs. Thunder
In the final game of the season, Dieng finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. He shot 9-for-11 from the field and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line.
1.) Jan. 15 at Mavericks
In this road game in Dallas, Dieng finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and a steal while shooting 10-for-12 from the field.
Top Offseason Objectives
Since his rookie season, Dieng has steadily increased his 3-point attempts per game to 0.0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5, respectively. Last season, Dieng hit a respectable 37.2 percent on 43 3-point attempts throughout the season. A large enough sample size that tells us this could probably be a bigger part of Dieng’s game. You can probably expect this to be part of Dieng’s offseason program.
Dieng will also be busy building the game across the basketball in his home country of Senegal.
Role for 2017-18?
Throughout his career, Dieng has started 185 games, and came off the bench for more than 100 more. No matter if Dieng is starting or coming off the bench, you can expect him to play somewhere between 25-33 minutes per game while doing the dirty work defensively and on the glass.
They Said It…
“I always believed in this and wanted to be a professional basketball player someday and it’s in my hands right now. I will do whatever it takes to become a good basketball player and to help my team.” – Gorgui Dieng.