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Updated: September 1st, 2014 8:53am
Gorgui Dieng is tearing up the FIBA World Cup

Gorgui Dieng is tearing up the FIBA World Cup

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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All summer long, any spotlight shining near Target Center has focused mostly on Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine - the newest faces in the wake of the Kevin Love trade.

Ricky Rubio has also received attention, as he'll need to step up his contributions and help form chemistry among this revamped roster.

But maybe people should be talking more about Gorgui Dieng, who is apparently tearing up the FIBA World Cup for Team Senegal.

Dieng dropped 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 77-75 upset win over Croatia early Monday morning, pushing Senegal's record to 2-1 so far in the World Cup -- the country's first two wins in this tournament since 1998.


Dieng inexcusably did not receive regular playing time with the Wolves until February last season. Over his last 18 games he averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds (4 offensive) and 1.5 blocks per game.

More minutes from Dieng and inserting an energized Young into the mix won't necessarily make up for the void left by Love, but it's not a bad Plan B, especially if Dieng's game continues to evolve.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio
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