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No player has been as pleasant of a recent surprise as Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng. He's been a force to be reckoned with on the glass and is reminding people of why he was a first-round draft pick.
The question is, will he continue to see significant minutes as the season winds down?
Over the course of his past eight games, Dieng is averaging 11.9 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.0 block in 30.6 minutes of action. The latter number suggests that he's receiving a steady level of opportunity, but that's not the case.
Dieng has seen 25 minutes or less in three of those eight games. After posting 15 points and 15 rebounds in 41 minutes on March 26, Dieng proceeded to tally 14 points and nine boards in 23 minutes in his next outing.
One game later, he had five points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes.
The production remains steady and impressive, but the minutes Dieng receives are inconsistent at best.
That steady decline doesn't go hand-in-hand with just how excellently the Timberwolves have played. For that reason, it's reasonable and acceptable to question how long Dieng will be on the court as the season comes to a close.
Minnesota is seven games back of the No. 8 seed with just 10 games remaining. Developing the future needs to be a point of emphasis in Minnesota.