Gorgui Dieng received 21 first place points, which is more than any other rookie on the Second Team. He was beat out in the First Team by Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee, New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. and Utah’s Trey Burke.
Dieng was joined on the Second Team by Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Charlotte’s Cody Zeller and Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams.
With Nikola Pekovic nursing bursitis in his ankle, Dieng started 15 of Minnesota’s final 18 games averaging 12 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks during that stretch. On the season he averaged 4.8 points on 49.8% FG and 5 rebounds in 60 games (15 starts).
There were more rookies picked in the 20s (Dieng, Hardaway & Plumlee) that made All-Rookie teams than in the Top 8 (Oladipo & Zeller) in this year’s draft class.
Gorgui Dieng could very well end up being one of the best picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. While Dieng’s future is bright, this could be one of the weakest draft classes in recent memory.
As the Wolves move into the 2014-15 NBA season, Dieng’s role will be a very intriguing headline. If he plays anywhere near the level he showed in the last month-and-a-half of the season, he’ll have an important role in 14-15.