Don’t look now, Thunder Nation, but the extremely raw and lanky Ousmane Dieng is looking more under control and more defined physically heading into year two.
Dieng is a complete wildcard for Oklahoma City. With that said, there is one thing that is concerning me about Dieng; he doesn’t do one thing great, but he does a lot of things great.
This particular skill set could be setting the stage for Dieng to be a utility guy and ultimate glue guy, think Kenny Hustle, but more athletic, a lot more.
Versatility is good, athleticism is good, and potential is good, but at the end of the day, that is what Dieng is now: endless potential.
This will be a big year for Dieng, not a make-or-break season, but his performance this year could have a significant impact on whether or not he will be a long-term piece moving forward for the Thunder or if they could opt to insert him into a trade to bring in an additional All-Star.
Dieng showed positive progress in the preseason; he scored 44 points, which ties him for the seventh most among NBA sophomores.
He was also the first player off the bench multiple times in OKC’s five exhibition outings, which could be an early peak at the confidence Mark Daigneault has or is trying to instill in Dieng.
There you have it, Thunder Nation; what do you think about these picks? Chime in in the comment section.