It was the last Summer League game for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game is full of a lot of guys just trying to make the roster, some I haven’t even heard of. I am not on the couch watching the game on my nice TV. And that’s because the game is not even on TV. It is on ESPN3. Sure, I probably could have hooked my computer up to the TV and watched, but then this wouldn’t have been as interesting. So I sit here on my Google Chromebook, headphones in, watching an NBA Summer League game on a Friday night. And you know what? IT WAS AWESOME!
Russ Smith and the Pelicans squared off against Gorgui Dieng and the Timberwolves. Both guys played over 25 minutes in the 40 minute game, so there weren’t many times where neither was on the floor. For what it’s worth, the Timberwolves beat the Pelicans 97-78. Gorgui Dieng finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Russ Smith finished with 21 points and 3 assists.
Three former Cards were in action on Thursday in the NBA Summer League, and here is how they did…
*Gorgui Dieng – Gorgui posted another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves lost 100-86 to the Kings. He also had 3 assists and 3 blocks, along with 5 turnovers. He shot 5-15 from the field and was 5-6 from the free throw line. He started and played 35 minutes. I would say that Gorgui is in line for a very good season. But if Kevin Love does get traded, he could have a great season. The Timberwolves may not, but Gorgui sure will!
It was a pretty active day for former Cards in the NBA Summer League on Wednesday. Gorgui Dieng had the best overall game, while Luke Hancock and Kyle Kuric also saw action in their games. Here is how all three did…
*Gorgui Dieng – The big man absolutely dominated the glass, grabbing 19 rebounds to go along with his 13 points as the Timberwolves beat the Suns 86-77. He added 1 assist and 2 steals while shooting 6-13 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line. He started and played nearly 35 minutes. In 4 games this summer, Gorgui is averaging 10.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. With the win, the Timberwolves advanced in the summer league championship bracket and will face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The NBA has announced its All-Rookie teams, and Gorgui Dieng was able to make it on the Second Team. Early in the season, this probably sounded crazy. He didn’t start getting meaningful minutes until the last couple of months after Nikola Pekovic got injured for the Timberwolves. Gorgui made the most of his playing time, that’s for sure. There is a chance that Kevin Love could be playing somewhere else next season. If that is the case, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gorgui average a double-double for the season!
2013-14 All-Rookie First Team
Player | Team | First (2 points) | Second (1 point) | Total points
Michael Carter-Williams | Sixers | 125 | 250 total
Victor Oladipo | Magic | 124 | — | 248 total
Trey Burke | Jazz | 108 | 14 | 230 total
Mason Plumlee | Nets | 95 | 24 | 214 total
Tim Hardaway Jr. | Knicks | 87 | 30 | 204 total
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.
On a night where Corey Brewer scored 51 points, it was Gorgs that stole the show! Minnesota beat Houston 112-110 and Dieng finished with 12 points, 20 rebounds 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals in 38 minutes!
Gorgui Dieng has been making all Louisville Cardinals fans proud lately, as he has been putting up double-doubles left and right for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had a stretch of six games where he had five double-doubles. Even in the last three games, he either had double figures in points or rebounds, which is big because his minutes have gone down just a little bit since Nikola Pekovic returned from injury.
For the month of March, Gorgui has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month.
The following quotes came from this article from NBA.com about Gorgui.
“I choose to be a professional basketball player, and I belong with them and that’s not the first time I say that,” Dieng said after his 15-point, 15-rebound effort against Atlanta on March 26. “It took a lot of effort, a lot of sacrifices. I get here before the other players and work with A.J. [head video coordinator Adam Johansen] and work with the other coaches that are here, and after practice I stay and work with Jack [Sikma]. So it takes a lot. It’s just the beginning.”
It is becoming routine now: Gorgui Dieng records a double-double for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tonight it was in a 107-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Gorgui played a team high 41 minutes and had 15 points and 15 rebounds! The 15 rebounds were also a team high, which is saying a lot when you play on the same team as Kevin Love. He also had 2 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. He shot 6-8 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line.
This is Gorgui Dieng’s 5th double-double in his last 6 games. In those 6 games, Gorgui is averaging 12.6 points and 14 rebounds per game.
I like Mangok, but is there anyway that Gorgui can slip on that #12 jersey and get away with it on Friday? I would imagine this would be some step in that transformaton. Make it happen.
Gorgui Dieng continues to make the most of his opportunity in Minnesota right now while starting center Nikola Pekovic is injured. Monday night, Dieng recorded his fourth double-double in the last five games in a 109-92 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. In 37 minutes, Gorgui had 11 points and 17 rebounds. Seven of those rebounds were on the offensive end.
In these five games that he has started, Gorgui is avergaing 12.2 points and 13.8 rebounds in 32.4 minutes per game.
Here are his highlights from Monday’s game.
Gorgui Dieng had his best night as an NBA player on Thursday night, and is having his best week. He recorded his 3rd straight double-double for the Minnesota Timberwolves as he scored 22 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, both career highs. He was 10-11 from the free throw line and also added 4 assists.
On Sunday against the Kings, Dieng had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. On Wednesday night against the Mavericks, he had 10 points on 5-5 shooting and 11 rebounds.
So in his 3 starts since Sunday, Dieng is averaging 14.6 points and 14.3 rebounds per game.
Gorgui Dieng is making the most of his opportunities with the Minnesota Timberwolves as their starting center, Nikola Pekovic, is battling injuries. Gorgui has recorded a double-double in each of the last two games as he has started and played significant minutes. On Sunday against the Kings, Dieng had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. On Wednesday night against the Mavericks, he had 10 points on 5-5 shooting and 11 rebounds. Both games were wins for the Timberwolves. Gorgui was the reason, and I stand by that statement 100%!
He played 37 minutes on Sunday and 25 minutes on Wednesday. In the previous 8 games before Sunday, Gorgui had played 31 minutes TOTAL. So I think it is becoming clear: let the big man play!
Miss ya Gorgs.
Gorgui Dieng got the start for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night in place of injured center Nikola Pekovic, and he stepped up big time. He played 37 minutes and had 12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 steals! It was his first double double in the NBA as the Timberwolves beat the Sacramento Kings 104-102.
Watch his post game interview and his highlights from the game and tell me you don’t miss the big man. I dare you. Miss you Gorgui!