Cheick Diallo
Cheick Diallo
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Diallo took the court for summer league once again this offseason and turned in some impressive performances. He finished his four games in Las Vegas with averages of 20.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block on 57 percent shooting from the field and 86 percent from the charity stripe. Unfortunately, Diallo is yet to find extended minutes at the NBA level. While Diallo appeared in a career-high 52 games last season, he struggled to make a consistent impact and found himself in and out of the rotation on a night-to-night basis through the first half of the season. Diallo did settle into a more reliable role following the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to injury, but his outlook is once again fairly clouded looking ahead to 2018-19. With Anthony Davis and Julius Randle anchoring the frontcourt, Diallo won't have a legitimate chance to start unless there's an injury -- and even in that scenario, the Pelicans might lean toward veteran Emeka Okafor, who had somewhat of a career resurrection in New Orleans last season. Diallo projects to hold down a bench role, but his upside, from a minutes perspective, isn't high enough to justify drafting in most leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.68 million contract with the Suns in July of 2019. Contract includes $1.82 million team option for 2020-21.
Signs two-year deal in Phoenix
FPhoenix Suns
July 17, 2019
Diallo signed a two-year contract with the Suns on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Diallo's free agency dragged on a bit longer than expected, but he'll land in Phoenix, where he'll primarily compete with Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky for backup minutes at both power forward and center. Just 22 years old, Diallo averaged 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 combined steals and blocks in 14.0 minutes per game in 64 contests for the Pelicans last season.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
An extremely raw prospect coming out of Kansas, Diallo was selected with the 33rd pick of the 2016 NBA Draft and eventually saw action in just 17 games with the Pelicans during his rookie campaign in what was largely just a developmental year. He finished with averages of 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds across 11.7 minutes, while also showing plenty of promise in the NBA G-League, where he averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks across 27.9 minutes. Diallo's potential as both a rebounder and shot blocker remains intriguing for his long-term future, but the fact that Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are still present, hurts his overall upside. Still, Diallo's steady development should earn him playing time in most games, so a career-year is likely in store. Both Dante Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas are no longer on the team, meaning Diallo is likely locked into a rotation role for the first time in his career.
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Won't get qualifying offer
FNew Orleans Pelicans
June 26, 2019
The Pelicans declined to extend a qualifying offer to Diallo ahead of free agency, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Career-high five dimes in finale
FNew Orleans Pelicans
April 9, 2019
Diallo had 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt), six rebounds, and five assists in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 loss to the Warriors.
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Double-double in blowout loss
FNew Orleans Pelicans
April 1, 2019
Diallo compiled 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Pelicans' 130-102 loss to the Lakers.
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Returns to bench Thursday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 28, 2019
Diallo will come off the bench Thursday against the Kings, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Comes up small in first start
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 27, 2019
Diallo totaled just five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 FT) and six rebounds over 19 minutes in the Pelicans' loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
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