Unfortunately for Dieng, he hasn’t gotten off to a great start at the pro level. In four games, he is averaging 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16 minutes per game.
Dieng’s minutes have decreased in each game, which isn’t a cause for concern. It’s not uncommon for players who aren’t already a part of the team to get the most minutes, so they can be evaluated.
I’ve watched three of Gorgui’s four summer league games and it’s not that he is playing poorly; he just doesn’t look very comfortable. The NBA Summer league is a very chaotic environment and Dieng is a player that fits much better in a structured system.
Dieng’s best game came on Tuesday against the Miami Heat. He finished with six points, five rebounds, three steals and one block in 14 minutes. Following the game he said he’s still adjusting the playing at the pro level.
“I think I’m still adjusting. I’m still learning the game because it is very different from college game,” Dieng tells the Star Tribune. “I just need to get used to it because it is different. That’s why the pros are pros.”