Gorgui Dieng
Gorgui Dieng
30-Year-Old CenterC
Memphis Grizzlies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dieng has seen his workload decrease each of the past two seasons as Karl-Anthony Towns' backup at center. Last season, he matched his career low for minutes per game (13.6) while averaging only 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. Entering his age 30 season, Dieng will have more competition than ever, as the Timberwolves brought in the likes of Jordan Bell and Noah Vonleh to potentially see time in the frontcourt. Dieng's fantasy value was already low, but it's possible it reaches new depths in 2019-20. Even in deep leagues, it's probably best to avoid the Louisville product. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $62.8 million contract extension with the Timberwolves in October of 2016. Traded to the Grizzlies in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Gorgui Sy Dieng was born in Kebemer, Senegal in 1990. Dieng is one of eight children born to Momar and Seynabou Dieng, and he speaks five languages (Spanish, French, Italian, English and his native Wolof). Dieng began playing basketball at the age of 15, and he left Senegal for West Virginia shortly thereafter. He averaged 15.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 7.2 blocks per game as a senior at Huntington St. Joseph Prep before moving onto the University of Louisville. Dieng spent three years with the Cardinals, majoring in communications, before leaving for the NBA in 2013. Since arriving to the NBA, Dieng has immersed himself in charity work for his home country of Senegal. He launched The Gorgui Dieng Foundation to further healthcare access, healthy food, sustainable farming and athletic camps in Senegal. He's also partnered with Minneapolis-based organizations to upgrade hospitals and health facilities in his hometown of Kebemer, becoming a national celebrity in Senegal along the way. You can follow Dieng on Twitter @GorguiDieng and on Instagram @Gorguidieng.

College/International Summary

Dieng helped lead Louisville to the 2013 NCAA Tournament title. He registered eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots as the Cardinals defeated Michigan, 82-76, in the final. The Senegalese junior was named to the 2013 NCAA Tournament All-Region team and the 2012-13 All-Big East first team. That same season, he was also honored as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Dieng finished third in the Big East in blocks (83) in the 2012-13 season after leading the conference in that category with 128 the year before. His sophomore season saw him lead the Big East in rebounds with 363, and he came in second in 2012-13 with another 310. Dieng announced his entry into the 2013 NBA Draft after his junior year. He was drafted in the first round (21st overall) by the Utah Jazz, then sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a draft-day trade.

Posts 14 boards, two blocks
CMemphis Grizzlies
March 5, 2020
Dieng posted six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds and two blocks across 19 minutes during Wednesday's 118-79 victory over the Nets.
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Dieng was excellent on the glass and on defense in limited action, helping hold off the Nets, who were on the second night of a back-to-back. With the performance, Dieng became just the second player over the past 10 years to post 14 boards and two blocks in 19 or fewer minutes -- the other being Salah Mejri in 2017. Over the past seven games, Dieng is averaging 9.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steal in 22.4 minutes, seeing extended run due to the absences of Jaren Jackson (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quadriceps).
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2018

Dieng kicked off the 2018-19 campaign -- his sixth in the league, all with Minnesota -- by scoring in double digits for three straight games, beginning with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in the opener against the Spurs. He also went on to record at least five rebounds in seven of his first 10 games. Dieng scored 15 and added eight boards in a win over the Kings on Dec. 17. He grabbed a season-best 11 rebounds twice, first versus the Magic on Jan. 4 and then Apr. 10 at the Nuggets. Dieng posted multiple steals 10 times, peaking at three on two occasions. He displayed his length by blocking at least one shot in 34 of 76 appearances. The 6-foot-11 center also chipped in by making 19-of-56 3-pointers -- including a pair of efforts where he hit at least two. Dieng ended the season on a high note by averaging 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds over the final eight games. During that stretch, he also contributed 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. As a bonus, he also set career bests in free-throw percentage (.830), turnover percentage (11.9), and usage rate (19.6).

2017

Although Dieng's playing time dropped to 16.9 minutes in 2017-18 following Minnesota's addition of Taj Gibson, his per-36-minute numbers remained exceptional -- 12.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Oh, and he chipped in 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks for good measure. Dieng did all that while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 77.5 percent from the foul line. He posted a pair of 15-point, 11-rebound double-doubles -- one against Charlotte in November and the other versus the Grizzlies in March. Durability is one of the Louisville product's greatest assets, as he played in 79 games this year after playing 82 in each of the prior two campaigns. Dieng's versatility makes him an ideal backup power forward/center option for the T-Wolves.

2016

In his fourth NBA season, Dieng saw his role grow in Minnesota, as he started all 82 games. It was the second straight year that he didn't miss a game, though the big man made 43 more starts than the year before and increased his playing time from 27.1 minutes per game to a career-best 32.4. The Louisville product saw his scoring remain fairly consistent, as he recorded 10.0 points per game after scoring 10.1 points per game in 2016-16. Dieng was once again efficient on offense, as he shot better than 50 percent from the field for the third consecutive season. The 27-year-old continued to stretch his shooting range, as he fired a career-high 43 3-pointers, connecting on 16 of them (37.2 percent) -- that's 16 more attempts and eight more makes than he recorded in his first three years combined. Dieng also continued to knock down a high percentage of his free throws, finishing above 80 percent at the line for the second straight year. The big man scored a season-high 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting against Dallas on Jan. 15. He grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against the Lakers on Feb. 3. Dieng finished with 13 double-doubles, marking his third consecutive season with 10 or more double-doubles.

2015

Dieng appeared in all 82 games in his third NBA season, making 39 starts whiel working in a frontcourt rotation with rookie Karl-Anthony Towns and veteran Kevin Garnett. Dieng primarily came off the bench behind Garnett early in the season, though he still played more than 20 minutes on a nightly basis. Minnesota shut Garnett down in the second half of the campaign due to a knee injury, which allowed Dieng to move into the starting lineup. The former Louisville star started in each of his final 33 games of the season. As a starter, Dieng averaged 12.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game across 31.1 minutes per night -- a major increase over his 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds over 23.4 minutes per game as a reserve. Overall, Dieng averaged 10.1 points per game -- a new career high -- to go along with 7.1 rebounds. He scored a career-best 25 points in a game against Oklahoma City on Mar. 11. Dieng tallied a season-high 15 rebounds against Utah on Jan. 29 to go along with 20 points. That was one of 15 double-doubles for the 26-year-old. He also delivered a six-block effort Jan. 12 against the Thunder.

2014

Dieng saw his role increase in his second NBA season. After making 15 starts and averaging 13.6 minutes per game as a rookie, the Louisville product made 49 starts and played 30.0 minutes per night in 2014-15. His production rose significantly with the extra playing time, as Dieng approached a nightly double-double with 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The big man from Senegal was efficient on offense, shooting 50.6 percent from the field. He also showed growth at the free-throw line, where he made 78.3 percent of his attempts after shooting 63.4 percent as a rookie. Not surprisingly, Dieng did most of his work inside, as 506 of his 512 field-goal attempts came from 2-point range. That came after a rookie season in which just one of his 227 field-goal attempts came from beyond the arc, establishing Dieng as a more traditional post presence. He went for a career-high-tying 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting against Denver on Jan. 5. Dieng added two other games with at least 20 points, and he scored in double figures 36 times overall in 73 games of action. He had a season-high 18 rebounds against Oklahoma City on Jan. 26 and had 10 or more rebounds in 25 other games. Dieng finished with 18 double-doubles -- twice as many as he recorded in his rookie year.

2013

Dieng, the No. 21 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, appeared in 60 games during his rookie season, making 15 starts and averaging 13.6 minutes per game. He averaged 4.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game across those 60 contests. The former Louisville star saw his role increase as the season progressed, as he averaged 20.7 minutes per game and started six of 14 contests in March after playing fewer than 10 minutes per game in the first four months of the year. Then in April, the Timberwolves let Dieng loose, as he started all nine games and averaged 31.1 minutes per night. Dieng impressed with the increased playing time, averaging a double-double with 11.9 points and 10.7 rebounds along with 2.0 blocks. For the season, Dieng averaged 12.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per 36 minutes, showing off the well-balanced game that made him a force in college. He had the best game of his rookie season against Houston on Mar. 20, when he went for a season-high 22 points and 21 rebounds -- making him the first rookie in franchise history to go 20-20. Dieng ended the season hot, posting three double-doubles in the last four games, including a 20-rebound game and a 21-point offensive explosion. He ultimately posted nine double-doubles and was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft. Traded by the Utah Jazz with Shabazz Muhammad to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Trey Burke.
  • July 1, 2013
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • October 31, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • February 6, 2020
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Memphis Grizzlies
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Dieng was one of the bigger Fantasy disappointments last season, but it wasn't necessarily his fault. The Wolves' acquisition of Taj Gibson essentially rendered Dieng irrelevant in most standard formats, as his playing time fell off of a cliff. Dieng's workload dropped from 32.4 minutes per game two seasons ago to just 16.9 in 2017-18. Ironically enough, per 36 minutes, Dieng's scoring and rebounding actually increased, though his efficiency took a dive, particularly from beyond the arc, where he shot just 31.1 percent after hitting better than 37 percent of his threes a season ago. Those expecting a bounceback in 2018-19 aren't likely to be rewarded, as Gibson is expected to remain the starter at power forward, as was the case for all 82 games in 2017-18. Even if the veteran's minutes are more closely managed, Dieng will also have to compete with free agent signee Anthony Tolliver, who's coming off of by far the best three-point shooting season (43.6% 3PT) of his career.
Dieng had another solid year during the 2016-17 campaign, his fourth season, though didn’t show significant improvement. He averaged 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals across 32.4 minutes per game – all of which are a decrease from the 2015-16 season per 36 minutes. He also shot 50.2 percent from the field and went 16-of-43 (37.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Once again, he’ll likely be the odd man out on offense during the upcoming season, with Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns making up the other members of the (presumed) starting five. The Timberwolves also brought in Taj Gibson, a veteran power forward, over the summer. While Dieng started all 82 games last season, he may have to battle Gibson for that role during training camp. All that in mind, it seems doubtful that Dieng’s production will rise during 2017-18, and his Fantasy stock will probably take a dip overall. While he may be deserving of a Fantasy roster spot, letting someone else take the gamble could be the right way to go, as Dieng’s floor is much more significant than his ceiling.
Though he started only 39 of 82 games last season, Dieng was a de facto member of the Wolves’ top unit, outpacing the team’s other starting power forward, Kevin Garnett, by 12.5 minutes per game. Dieng’s court time was actually down from a year earlier, but he was just as effective while he was out there, averaging 10.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. Additionally, he combined with rookie Karl-Anthony Towns to form one of the league’s best free-throw shooting frontcourt tandems, with Dieng converting on 82.7 percent of his attempts from the line. The 26-year-old has made great progress with his expanding his shooting range since getting drafted into the NBA out of Louisville in 2013 with the characterization of a raw, yet projectable player, and he’s beginning to put all the tools together. Heading into fall training camp, Garnett and another former starting big man Nikola Pekovic are still around, but both are uncertain to remain on the roster when the season starts, with Garnett pondering retirement and Pekovic a candidate to get waived while he languishes in his recovery from an Achilles injury. Free-agent pickups Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich could end up replacing those two veterans in the rotation, but despite the existing frontcourt clutter, Dieng remains the top candidate to pick up the bulk of the minutes at power forward. In fact, given new coach Tom Thibodeau’s historical tendency to deploy tight rotations, Dieng could see his minutes jump over 30 per game, which would be a boon to his fantasy value.
Before there was Karl-Anthony Towns, there was Dieng, the prospect Minnesota fans clamored to see more of on the court. That wish was granted in 2014-15, with Dieng playing 30 minutes per game over the course of his 73 game appearances last season. His averages of 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.7 blocks point to fantasy utility, but Dieng's upside will be capped by his lack of scoring and the heavy competition he will face for minutes with the arrival of Towns and the return of Nikola Pekovic. In the likely scenario, Dieng remains a solid deep league contributor while seeing minutes backing up both Towns and Kevin Garnett. Even in the most optimistic scenario, it's unlikely that Dieng again bursts onto the standard league scene, but if he is given a high-volume of minutes, he can be useful to those formats that reward double-doubles, as well as to owners who seek help in rebounds and blocked shots. On nights that Garnett is out to rest, Dieng becomes an interesting daily fantasy option as well.
Gorgui Dieng came on like gangbusters at the end of the 2013-14 season. After languishing on the bench for the first four months of the season, Dieng showed that he could be an impact rebounder and scorer at the center position. In a seven-game stretch in March, Dieng had five double-doubles, including an eye-opening 22-point, 21-rebound performance in a March 20 loss to the Rockets. The former Louisville Cardinal added four more double-doubles in April, including another 20-rebound game against Houston. For the season, Dieng averaged 4.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 14 minutes per game. He converted 50 percent of his field goals and 63 percent from the charity stripe. It remains to be seen whether the native of Senegal can play next to Nikola Pekovic, who was out with an ankle injury during Dieng's period of productivity. The second-year pro will be in the mix for minutes alongside and behind Pekovic. If coach Flip Saunders determines that Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young can't start at power forward, Dieng could be in line for starter's minutes.
Dieng, the 21st pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, will be used in a reserve role, but could be a nice fit for the T-Wolves. AT 6-11 with a 7'4 wingspan, he was a strong shot blocker in college (3.8 blocks per 40 minutes), but also improved his mid-range shot his senior season and had good passing skills for a big man (which fits nicely with Minnesota's current big men who can pass). He may not play many minutes as long as Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic are healthy, but he's a player who could develop into a productive backup quickly.
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Drops 17 against Hawks
CMemphis Grizzlies
March 2, 2020
Dieng finished with 17 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 10 boards, one assist, one block and one steal in 26 minutes of a 125-88 win against the Hawks on Monday.
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Underwhelming in loss
CMemphis Grizzlies
February 27, 2020
Dieng finished with 10 points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 140-112 loss to the Rockets.
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Double-doubles in loss
CMemphis Grizzlies
February 25, 2020
Dieng totaled 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocks and one steal in 28 minutes during Monday's 124-97 loss to the Clippers.
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Stuffs stat sheet in 13 minutes
CMemphis Grizzlies
February 12, 2020
Dieng totaled seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 13 minutes during Wednesday's 111-104 win over the Trail Blazers.
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Absent from injury report
CMemphis Grizzlies
February 9, 2020
Dieng isn't listed on the Grizzlies' injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Wizards.
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