Cheick Diallo
Cheick Diallo
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It was a year of career bests for Diallo in New Orleans last season, which was particularly fortuitous in that was it was a contract year. The emerging big averaged 6.0 points and 5.2 rebounds across 14.0 minutes over 64 games while draining a career-best 62.0 percent of his shots. The versatile 22-year-old then went landed a two-year contract with the frontcourt-needy Suns, who also added Frank Kaminsky, Dario Saric and Aron Baynes during the offseason. Power forward had long been a position that Diallo's new team has failed to get right, and the team's offseason haul may well be overcompensation. However, a relatively productive scorer and rebounder on a per-minute basis like Diallo could certainly carve out a consistent role off the bench in his new digs, and he has the ability to produce when given extended minutes. Diallo did just that at times last season in New Orleans, churning out double-digit scoring efforts on 14 occasions in which he played at least 19 minutes. Diallo also pulled down double-digit rebounds in 13 contests and averaged an impressive 13.3 boards per 36 minutes. While his typical allotment of playing time remains to be seen, Diallo is certainly an option for those looking to round out their rosters with a player that offers some scoring and rebounding in deeper formats and that could well fly under the radar in many 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.
Personal Bio

Diallo was born in 1996 in Kayes, Mali to parents Mamadou and Ramata Diallo. He's the youngest in his family and has four brothers -- Barou, Demba, Simbal and Micailou. Diallo didn't start playing basketball until the age of 13, but he caught on quickly while playing against his brothers and other older competition. He made the tough decision at the age of 15 to come to the United States knowing limited English, and he attended prep school at Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, New York. Diallo had a decorated prep career, as he was twice the New York Gatorade Player of the Year (2014, 2015). He was named the MVP in both the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic in 2015. You can follow Diallo on Twitter (@cheick_diallo13) and Instagram (_cd13).

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Diallo led the 2015-16 Kansas squad in blocks per game (0.9). He tied for third on the Jayhawks with 23 blocks in only 27 games. In addition, Diallo was third in field-goal percentage (.569) on Kansas. The Kayes, Mali native helped lead Kansas to the 2016 Big 12 Tournament title, as well as the 2016 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Diallo entered the 2016 NBA Draft after his freshman year at Kansas. He was selected in the second round (33rd overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers and then was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Scores six in 14 minutes
FPhoenix Suns
March 8, 2020
Diallo accrued six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes during Sunday's 140-131 victory over the Bucks.
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Diallo has seen 14.3 minutes per game over his last two outings, seeing some run while DeAndre Ayton (ankle) is sidelined. Unfortunately, Diallo hasn't done much with the playing time, averaging 4.0 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting from the field in those two contests. Ayton shouldn't be out for much longer, so Diallo remains little more than a super-deep-league option.
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2018

Diallo's third NBA season featured a career-high 64 appearances. While serving as post depth for the Pelicans, Diallo averaged 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and shot 62 percent from the field, all career highs for the 23-year-old. Uncertainty surrounding the future of Anthony Davis with the team opened the door for more opportunities for Diallo, who averaged 9.4 points across 16.5 minutes during an eight-game stretch without Davis from Jan. 21 to Feb. 6. In the last eight games of the year without Davis, Diallo averaged 8.1 points on 68.4 percent shooting. On the year, he recorded 10 double-doubles, highlighted by a 16-point, 18-rebound performance against the Pacers on Feb. 22. Most of Diallo's success came after the All-Star game, when his minutes average rose to 19.0 after averaging 11.2 in games played prior to the break. In 23 second-half contests, Diallo averaged 8.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. He played in every game from Jan. 24 onward. His game continues to develop at both ends of the floor, but Diallo showed plenty of positive glimpses throughout the 2018-19 season and is in a good position to improve on what was an impactful third season in the NBA.

2017

After a rookie season in which he appeared in just 17 NBA games and mostly worked in the D-League, Diallo got a lot more run in his sophomore campaign. The Kentucky product appeared in 52 games for New Orleans, averaging 11.2 minutes per contest. He didn't pick up any starts but saw more than 20 minutes on six different occasions later in the season as he emerged as a part of the rotation. Diallo shot a robust 58.0 percent from the field and scored 15.7 points per 36 minutes. He did not attempt a single three-pointer, as he worked almost exclusively in the paint to take advantage of his length and athleticism. Diallo also flashed as a rebounder, grabbing 13.1 rebounds per 36 minutes. He scored a season-high 17 points against Boston on March 18. Diallo grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against Dallas on March 4. He also scored 13 points in that game to give him one of the three double-doubles he recorded on the year. Defensively, Diallo blocked 1.3 shots per 36 minutes and had a season-high three blocks against Washington on March 9.

2016

Diallo was taken in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft but still had quite a bit of development to undergo after his one-and-done season at Kansas. As a result, he saw limited run as a rookie, appearing in 17 games. He began to shine toward the end of the season when given the chance, however, playing more games in April than any other month. Diallo finished the year strong, tallying 11.0 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last four games. He also added four blocks over that stretch. Diallo recorded a double-double in each of the last two games, which included a career-high 19 points on April 11. The very next day, Diallo had a career high in rebounding with 16. Prior to that, he spent time with three D-League teams and appeared in a total of 26 games (21 starts). With averages of 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds, Diallo showed New Orleans brass that he was ready for the late-season opportunity he ultimately received. He also impressed with defensive prowess, averaging 2.4 blocks per game in the D-League, which was good for the seventh-best mark in the league.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2nd round (33rd pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft and traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for David Michineau and Diamond Stone.
  • July 22, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • July 22, 2019
    Signed a three-year deal as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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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.
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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Playing time dwindles
FPhoenix Suns
February 22, 2020
Diallo came off the bench and played only one minute Friday in the Suns' 118-101 loss to the Raptors. He missed his only field-goal attempt and accrued no other statistics.
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Back to bench
FPhoenix Suns
February 21, 2020
Diallo will come off the bench for Friday's contest against the Raptors.
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Serviceable in spot start
FPhoenix Suns
February 11, 2020
Diallo totaled 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot across 39 minutes in Monday's 125-100 loss to the Lakers.
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Draws spot start
FPhoenix Suns
February 10, 2020
Diallo is starting Monday's game against the Lakers, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
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Goes scoreless in loss
FPhoenix Suns
February 9, 2020
Diallo compiled zero points (0-1 FG) and one rebound in just five minutes during Saturday's 117-108 loss to Denver.
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