Now that he’s 100% healthy, former Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng has been making his rounds with different NBA franchises. Dieng met with the Cleveland Cavaliers last week and will reportedly meet with the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets at some point before the draft later this month.
Dieng will fly from Louisville to Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon to meet with the Thunder. Oklahoma City has the 12th pick in this year’s draft and a few different NBA draft experts think Dieng going to the Thunder is a definite possibility.
Oklahoma City definitely has a need for big man, considering veteran Kendrick Perkins may soon be on his way out. At this point, Dieng is projected to be taken in the mid-to-late first round. However, there is a chance that he could end up landing in the lottery.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated predicts that Oklahoma City will in fact draft Dieng at pick No. 12. Dieng is a strong passer with a decent mid-range jump shot,” says Mannix. “Scouts also say he is one of the best screen men in the draft, a skill that will be valuable in Oklahoma City.”