Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Louisville Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng (10) dunks against the Michigan Wolverines during the first half of the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Where Will Gorgui Dieng Land?

So as I’ve been looking over 2013 NBA mock drafts for the past day or so, there’s been one common denominator:  Gorgui Dieng will be a first round draft pick.  The only variant is where exactly he’ll be taken.  Some have him in the early teens, some in the late teens.  I’ve seen him projected to be picked by Boston, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Milwaukee, etc.  Below I will analyze the prospect of certain teams picking Gorgui Dieng in this year’s draft.

No. 15 Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks have some quality guards in Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, both of whom are very capable of shooting the ball and being effective floor generals who are able to make solid passes down low.  That’s only if they have a competent big man though, which they haven’t had since the departure of Andrew Bogut to Golden State in the trade that brought Ellis and Udoh to Milwaukee in the first place. The Bucks are in desperate need of a center who is effectively able to defend the ball.  I mean lets be honest, Samuel Dalembert and Joel Pryzbilla just aren’t going to cut it.  Scoring isn’t necessarily as big a factor for Milwaukee, seeing as Jennings and Ellis have that department taken care of.  Milwaukee could be looking to use their first round pick on a center with height and defensive abilities.  Gorgui Dieng may just be their man.

No 16. Boston Celtics

After their recent playoff loss to the Knicks, it looks like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will finally be leaving the Celtics and the NBA.  All season, the Celtics have been without a TRUE center on their roster, letting the responsibilities of a normal center fall on the shoulders of their myriad of forwards.  The Celtics are surely going to be looking at drafting a center in this draft.  This will remain especially true if the retirement of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett is a done deal.  I think regardless though, they’ll draft a center, whether it’s Dieng or not.  Dieng seems to be a good fit, given the offensive firepower of Rondo and Pierce (although, I’d be interested to see how the 35 year-old holds up next season), meaning he won’t be expected to lead the team with his scoring.  Although, he will be able to, considering the fact that Rondo is a very good guard who is able to excellently feed the ball down low.

 

 

No. 18 Atlanta Hawks

Yes, I know the two words that are coming to your mind right now:  Al Horford.  Yes the Hawks have him, but do they really have any big man that can quite fill in for him when he does have to take a breather?  No.  Pachulia and Petro can’t match up to Horford the way Dieng would.  Dieng is able to defensively be as good as Horford.  I couldn’t see him beating out Horford for a starting job, but he’d definitely be their go-to big man whenever Horford isn’t in the game.  Quite honestly, I don’t see Dieng falling as far as 18, but you never know.

MY PREDICTION:

Personally, I believe that we’ll see Dieng taken by the Bucks at pick number 15.  Everything about him and Milwaukee fits perfectly.  I can’t see them passing him up.  And if they do, I believe that they will definitely be picking a center regardless.

 

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