MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – With playoff hopes all but eliminated for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Gorgui Dieng has been getting more playing time and it’s paying dividends.

Dieng was named the NBA’s Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March on Tuesday, becoming the fifth player in Timberwolves history to earn the award. He joins Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Randy Foye and Stephon Marbury. Dieng averaged 8.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during March.

That stretch includes averaging 12.1 points and 12 rebounds per game during a nine-game stretch filling in for the injured Nikolai Pekovic. In his first career start on March 16, Dieng had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

He also had a career game on March 20 with 22 points and 21 rebounds in a loss at Houston.

Dieng was drafted by the Utah Jazz and came to the Timberwolves in a trade after winning a national title at Louisville.


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