November 26, 2015, 8:21 am
Gorgui Dieng scored 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 26 minutes off the bench on Wednesday against the Hawks.
We can throw all sorts of qualifiers out there like Karl-Anthony Towns’ (22 minutes, six points, six boards, one block) struggles and the fact that Sam Mitchell only likes to play him at backup center right now. We can talk about the theoretic return of Nikola Pekovic and fall in love with Nemanja Bjelica’s money counting stat production whenever he gets back from his knee issue. But none of that begins to deal with the fact that Dieng is a very good player and he should continuously rise to the top of this rotation as the year goes on. He’s a top-120 guy already in just 20 mpg. What do you think that’s going to look like toward the end of the year and he’s getting 30?