Despite playing hardly any meaningful minutes before the final seven weeks of the season, Gorgui Dieng made enough of an impression during the time he was in the spotlight to finish sixth in the voting for the NBA's 2013-14 Rookie of the Year.
The Gorgster, who recorded nine double-doubles in Minnesota's final 18 games, picked up three third place votes from the NBA's panel of voters. He finished behind only Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, Mason Plumlee and Tim Hardaway Jr. Carter-Williams won the award.
Gorgui's three votes came from radio show host Glenn Consor, Fox Sports South's Bob Rathbun and ESPN's Mike Wilbon, who sang Dieng's praises consistently during the final month of the NBA's regular season.
Dieng will find out whether or not his accomplishments were good enough to make the NBA's All-Rookie Team later this month. Regardless of how that plays out, he's expected to be a unanimous selection on the Card Chronicle All-Human Being Team for a fourth consecutive year.