One Wolves player after another, when asked about rookie center Gorgui Dieng, couldn’t help but smile. “You know, I like the rook,” Corey Brewer said. “He’s got game.” “He looks like me out there,” Kevin Love said, “stealing rebounds.” “He’s awesome,” J.J. Barea said. “I’m so proud of him.” With just six starts under his rookie belt, Dieng continues to impress. Wednesday, starting again for the injured Nikola Pekovic, Dieng had his fifth double-double, finishing with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Dieng had the double-double by halftime. He finished the game going 6-for-8 from the field, picking up two assists, a steal and a block. And then there was the play that got the most comments: A nice baseline spin move for a layup in the second quarter. “Now he’ll want to do that all the time,” joked coach Rick Adelman. But seriously: Dieng has shown impressive improvement in this six-game stretch. Always a player who works hard, he has learned how to avoid foul trouble, he has shown a knack for being in the right position for a rebound. And, on offense, he is showing more and more confidence. Actually he’s showing a lot of confidence, period.
Wolves Dieng growing by leaps and (re)bounds
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 28