Gorgui Sy Dieng (born January 18, 1990) is a Senegalese professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gorgui means “the old one” in his native language Wolof.
Dieng was drafted 21st overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2013 NBA draft and was then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 14th pick, Shabazz Muhammad, in exchange for the ninth pick, Trey Burke.
On March 20, 2014, in a game against the Houston Rockets, Dieng recorded 22 points and 21 rebounds, the first ever 20-20 game by a rookie in Timberwolves’ franchise history. He also became just the sixth player since the NBA began tracking starts in 1970 to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds within his first three career starts. On April 11, also against the Rockets, Dieng scored the game-winning basket with 4.6 seconds left and finished with 12 points and 20 rebounds. As a result of his improvements throughout the second half of the season, Dieng was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.
On January 12, 2015, Dieng tied his career-high of 22 points in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. On January 28, he was named a representative of Team World to compete in the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge.
On August 1, 2015, Dieng played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game. On October 21, 2015, the Timberwolves exercised their third-year team option on Dieng’s rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. On December 20, 2015, he had a season-best game with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 100–85 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2014)
NCAA champion (2013)
Big East Defensive Player of the Year (2013)