Writers Roundtable: Big Men Options At 24

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Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)

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Gorgui Dieng capped off an impressive career at Louisville with a National Championship this past March. The Senegalese center also leaves college as the reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Year and as a first team All-Big East performer. Upon becoming a regular in Coach Rick Pitino's starting lineup his sophomore year, Dieng averaged 9.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game. In his junior year, he upped those numbers slightly to 9.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg while his blocks slid to just 2.5 per game.

Already 23 years old, Dieng is somewhat of a known quantity. In other words, what you see is likely what you'll get. The Knicks are quite obviously in 'win now' mode and thus, it could make sense for the Knicks to draft a player like Dieng. Adding a polished defensive big man to the rotation could be one of their objectives this offseason. Finding a way to lighten Tyson Chandler's workload could help the Knicks make a deep playoff run next season.

Dieng is a rim-protector of the highest quality who can also step out and knock down a mid-range jumper at the other end. Dieng would also allow the Knicks to match up with the bigger lineups they'll see next season from the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, and potentially the Boston Celtics. A winner and a proven commodity, Dieng could be a perfect addition to this Knicks roster if he's available.

- Brian Faith, Knicks Fan Since '93

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