Apr 10, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng (10) greets fansat the KFC YUM! Center during their celebration for winning the NCAA Men

NBA Draft 2013: Utah Jazz Select Gorgui Dieng With No.21 Pick


Gorgui Dieng has done it all over the last few months; won a national championship, become an NBA Draft prospect, and ultimately, get selected in the first-round.

Dieng, despite showing improvements offensively, is intriguing because of his interior defensive ability and rebounding. While he does block shots, 2.5 per game to be exact, it’s more than that. He is a good team defender, and rarely misses a rotation. He changes shots, and even has the ability to hedge on pick-and-rolls and still recover.

Offensively, he showed some potential as a passer late in the NCAA Tournament in route to the Louisville Cardinals’ title run. If Dieng develops even a basic back-to-the-basket game, he could be a difference maker on a team that needs depth in the front court.

Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors are set to replace Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson who are likely to leave via free agency, leaving two front court reserve roles vacant.

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