Gorgui Sy Dieng Mempis Grizzlies highest paid Player

Gorgui Sy Dieng salary


As of February 6, 2020, Gorgui Sy Dieng(salary) became the highest paid player at Memphis Grizzlies, earning $17,287,640.

BASIC INFO
Dieng is a Senegalese professional basketball player born on January 18, 1990. The name “Gorgui” means “the old one” in Wolof, his native language. The center forward stands at 6ft 10 and weighs 114kg.
Dieng attended the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEEDS) Academy in Thies, Senegal. He was invited to the Basketball Without Borders camp in South Africa in 2009, where he was named MVP. He later transferred to Huntington Prep in West Virginia for the 2009-10 school year,
where he played for coach Rob Fulford, averaging 15.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 7.2 blocks per game during his senior season at Huntington Prep.

COLLEGE CAREER
Dieng was recruited by Marquette, Marshall, Colorado and Louisville among others who came in late. The most interest was from Louisville and Marshall. On April 26, 2010, Dieng verbally committed to Louisville. Rick Pitino, who was the head coach was able to land Dieng with the help of assistant coach, Walter McCarty.

When he first arrived at Louisville, the NCAA ruled him ineligible, which forced Louisville to hold him out of practice and individual workouts. Upon appealing, the decision was turned and Dieng became eligible on October 26, 2010. Being a freshman, he played 29 games averaging 16 minutes per game, pulled down 4.4 rebounds and blocked 1.9 shots. As a sophomore, Dieng started at center for the 2011-12 Louisville team that reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. In the 2011-12 season, he led the Big-East Conference in blocks, setting an all-time school record for blocks in a season. He also made the Big-East All-Tournament Team in 2012.
Gorgui Sy Dieng biography and career stats

Dieng was honored on Senior Day in 2013 despite being a junior. This was due to the fact that he would forgo his last year at Louisville to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. He was named Big-East Defensive Player of the Year (2013) and made the First Team All-Big East.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER
On June 27, 2013, Utah Jazz with the 21st overall pick, selected Dieng in the NBA Draft and traded him later to the Minnesota Timberwolves later that night. Dieng continued to impress as he recorded 22 points and 21 rebounds in a game against Houston Rockets on March 20, 2014; the first ever 20-20 game by a rookie in Timberwolves’ history. He also became the sixth player in the NBA to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds within their first three career starts. On April 11, Dieng scored the winning basket with 4.6 seconds left in a game against the Rockets. His game continued to improve throughout the second half of the season, thus earning him a spot in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

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On January 28, 2015, he was named a representative of Team World to compete in the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge. He played for Team Africa later at the 2o1 NBA Africa Exhibition game on August 1. December 20, 2015, Dieng had a then season-best game with 20points and 10 rebounds in a 100-85 win over the Brooklyn Nets. He recorded a career high 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in a 112-105 win over the Chicago Bulls in on February 6, 2016
He extended his contract with the Timberwolves on October 31, 2016 in a four-year deal worth $64 million.

Dieng was acquired by the Grizzlies on February 6, 2020 in a three-team trade that also involved the Miami Heat
Dieng also represented the Senegalese national team during the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where he averaged 16.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in six games. Dieng is also a philanthropist; he set up the Gorgui Dieng Foundation in 2015. The foundation has provided medical equipment and supplies to improve healthcare in Senegal. A practicing Muslim; became the third player to receive the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award in 2019.
Dieng however, is yet to play a game for the Grizzlies.

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