August 11, 2020, 10:23 pmGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng posted 10 points (1-of-3 FG, 8-of-9 FT), five rebounds and three steals in the Grizzlies' loss to the Celtics on Tuesday evening.
Dieng played just about 23 minutes in Tuesday's loss, his most so far in the bubble. The Grizzlies are not playing very good basketball right now, and Dieng is not getting enough minutes to make a major impact either way. He got to the line nine times, which is a positive development, but he only took three shots from the floor. Dieng simply doesn't get enough offensive volume to warrant fantasy consideration.
August 7, 2020, 6:30 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke was solid off the bench for the Grizzlies on Friday vs. the Thunder, totaling 12 points (6-of-6 FG), eight rebounds and two turnovers.
Clarke didn't blow us away over his 20 minutes, but he did bring a strong field goal percentage boost with that shooting line. The 20 minutes is a letdown, but he should be able to do better in the next contest. Gorgui Dieng was also strong off the bench as he logged 12 points (5-of-5 FT), seven rebounds, one 3-pointer and one block in 22 minutes.
August 4, 2020, 6:40 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) has been ruled out of the remainder of the season after suffering a torn meniscus.
Jackson suffered the injury in Monday's loss to the Pelicans after making contact with an opponent's knee. This is a brutal blow for the Grizzlies who are currently the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Jackson had been playing well leading up to the injury and his absence could open up more playing time for Brandon Clarke, Anthony Tolliver and even Gorgui Dieng.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 3:23 pmGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng had a few throwback weeks in 2019-20, posting middle-round value as a starter in place of Karl-Anthony Towns but finished with top-165/150 (8/9-cat) value overall.
Dieng was a legitimate top-100 option back in 2017 when he was getting big minutes, but since then he's been a depth player who gets minutes in the teens. A trade to a stacked Memphis frontcourt destroyed his fantasy appeal but we were able to see what type of production Dieng is still capable of. It's something to remember if he ever finds a larger role, but he'll only be a handcuff option until that happens. He averaged 7.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and a career-high 0.9 triples in 17.5 mpg in total.
March 4, 2020, 10:06 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas turned 26 minutes into nine points, 16 rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.
Valanciunas is on a monster tear, grabbing 10, 25, 20, 15 and now 16 rebounds in his last five contests, with at least seven rebounds in every game dating all the way back to January 14. He has eight games of 15-plus boards in that time, compared to just three games with fewer than 10. While the blowout nature of this one limited everyone's lines, Gorgui Dieng was able to get in on the fun with six points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in just 19 minutes. Dieng has managed to maintain late-middle-round value over the last two weeks but will struggle for playing time when Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke get healthy.
March 2, 2020, 10:40 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas had a very efficient double-double in a 127-88 win over the Hawks on Monday, netting 15 points (6-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 15 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.
Valanciunas had nine first-quarter rebounds, but the Grizzlies put the game away early, so he wasn't able to reach the 20-rebound threshold again like he had in the previous two games. His 17.5 rebounds per game over his last four make him look like Andre Drummond minus the defensive stat and terrible free throw percentage. His backup, Gorgui Dieng, had a strong line with 17 points (6-of-8 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 26 minutes.
February 28, 2020, 11:36 pmGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng logged 23 minutes off the bench on Friday, tallying five points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block.
Dieng shot 2-of-7 from the field but that's skewed by an 0-for-4 mark from deep. He's quietly delivering middle-round value in the last two weeks and is worth deploying as a steady center type while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke are out — you have another week at least.
February 26, 2020, 11:34 pmGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng scored 10 points with two rebounds and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
It's difficult to judge this box score since it was a blowout from the start of the game. Dieng is coming off of back-to-back double-double performances and scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes on Monday. Dieng should be held in all formats while Brandon Clarke (hip) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) are sidelined.
February 25, 2020, 6:30 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke (right hip soreness) is being listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.
The injury is untimely as Jaren Jackson Jr. has been ruled out for the next two weeks. Without Clarke and Jackson, Josh Jackson may slide his way into the starting lineup while Gorgui Dieng and De'Anthony Melton should see additional minutes as well. Josh Jackson looks like the highest upside of the group while both of the team's top PF's are out.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
February 25, 2020, 1:06 amGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng was great on Monday, chipping in 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds, two 3s, one steal and four blocks in a loss to the Clippers.
Dieng got some extra burn with Jaren Jackson J.r sidelined for two weeks. But with Brandon Clarke also going down in this one, there was little choice but for Dieng to be unleashed for 28 minutes. He's worth grabbing in every league and every format.
February 24, 2020, 10:22 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke will get the start on Monday vs. the Clippers in place of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee injury).
There was some uncertainty about Jackson's replacement in the starting lineup. Gorgui Dieng was another option, and it's possible that the Grizzlies decide to give him a shot as well. However, this is Clarke's best chance to showcase his talents so far. Make sure you're starting him if you're fortunate enough to have him.
Source: Memphis Grizzlies on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 1:15 amGorgui DiengC, Memphis Grizzlies
Gorgui Dieng played well in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday, tallying 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.
Dieng got some extra burn in this one with Jaren Jackson Jr. failing to return after sustaining an injury to his knee. He's a solid per-minute value and should see some extra run if Jackson misses time.
February 6, 2020, 5:56 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valančiūnas (left ankle soreness) is listed as questionable for Friday's tilt vs. the Wizards.
This most recent ailment may have affected Valančiūnas during Wednesday's game as he had one of his worst performances in recent memory. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke will be in line for more minutes if Jonas sits out while new addition Gorgui Dieng could debut if he is active.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 17, 2020, 5:39 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left knee sprain, illness) "looks good" and is set to return on Friday when the Wolves face the Pacers.
Get KAT back in your lineup as the wait is finally over. Even if he faces a minutes restriction, Towns will still be able to rack up plenty of numbers in limited minutes on the court. Don't be rash and drop Gorgui Dieng immediately, but his value is about to take a significant hit.
Source: J. Michael on Twitter
January 16, 2020, 5:48 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns is once again questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pacers with a sprained left knee.
For the last couple of games, KAT was dealing with an illness but that is not on Thursday's edition of the injury report. KAT appears to only be questionable with a left knee sprain that has now cost him 15 games. Gorgui Dieng and Naz Reid will continue to see an increase in minutes for as long as KAT remains sidelined. If KAT is on your roster, make sure to check the news before tip-off to see if KAT is finally able to return.
Source: NBA Injury Report