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Gorgui Dieng finishes 6th in NBA Rookie of the Year voting


Photo: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA announced on Monday that 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams won the Rookie of the Year award. He averaged 16.7 points per game and won the award easily with 104 first place votes (out of 124). The bigger news here of course, is that Gorgui Dieng finished 6th in the voting! Considering he really didn’t start to get meaningful minutes until the middle of March, that is pretty incredible.

Total points for votes in ( )

1. Michael Carter-Williams – Phi (569)

2. Victor Oladipo – Orl (364)

3. Trey Burke – Utah (96)

4. Mason Plumlee – Bkn (58)

5. Tim Hardaway Jr. – NY (23)

6. Gorgui Dieng – Min (3)

7. Steven Adams – OKC (1)

8. Giannis Antetokounmpo – Mil (1)

9. Nick Calathes – Mem (1)

He finished the season averaging 4.8 points and 5 rebounds per game, but his impact was much bigger than that when he finally started to play consistently. For the month of March, he averaged 8.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. That includes 6 games where he played a total of 14 minutes, which couldn’t help those averages at all. March also saw Gorgui have a game with 22 points and 21 rebounds against the Rockets, as well as a game with 15 points and 15 rebounds against the Hawks.

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