Niang held a small but consistent rotational role with the Jazz last season. He appeared in all 72 games and averaged 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 16.0 minutes while notably shooting 42.5 percent from three -- his third straight season over 40 percent. In the offseason, he opted to join the 76ers on a two-year, $6.7 million deal. Niang again figures to be the primary backup at power forward -- this time to Tobias Harris rather than Royce O'Neale. Ultimately, it's unlikely anything changes in terms of Niang's fantasy value, and he'll only be relevant in very deep leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.77 million contract with the 76ers in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary
Georges Niang, son of Sidy and Alison, was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1993. Niang made a name for himself as a high school basketball player at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. He has the most points in school history with 2,372 and was a three-time First-Team All-NEPSAC Class AA pick. As a junior, Niang averaged 24.2 points and 8.2 rebounds, leading his team to the 2011 NEPSAC Class AA championship after being named the outstanding player of the tournament. As a senior, Niang averaged 25.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game -- enough to make him the 2012 NEPSAC Class AA Player of the Year. He left Tilton with four NEPSAC titles, one national prep championship, one AAU national championship and one Nike EYBL title to his name. Niang then chose to play collegiate basketball at Iowa State, where he majored in business marketing and spent time volunteering with the university's children's hospital. You can follow Niang on Twitter (@Georgesniang20) and Instagram (@Georgesniang). Niang was named to the All-American Second team in his senior year. He captured the Karl Malone Award for best power forward in the country. During his four college seasons, the forward was just one of four players since 1994-95 to reach or surpass 2,000 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists. He finished his career with 2,228 points, second most in the history of Iowa State basketball. The Methuen, Mass. native was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and the All-Big 12 Tournament team in his senior season. At the time, Niang was only the second player in Big 12 history to earn All-Tournament Team honors three times. As a senior, he was second in the Big 12 in scoring with 20.5 points per contest. Niang was one of only two players nationally to average 20 points and shoot 60 percent on two-point field goals. Niang was also the lone Big 12 player to rank in the league's top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists. Niang was chosen by the Indiana Pacers in the 2016 NBA Draft in the second round (50th overall).
ANALYSIS With Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid back for the Sixers, both Niang and Andre Drummond will head back to the bench following multi-game stints in the starting five. Over the last four games (all starts), Niang posted 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 threes and 0.5 blocks in 33.8 minutes.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Niang returned for his fourth NBA season overall and third season with Utah in 2019-20 and had a career year. Across his first two seasons with the Jazz, he topped out at 8.7 minutes but saw that playing time increase significantly to 14.0 minutes in 2019-20. He also achieved career highs in points (5.9), rebounds (1.9), threes (1.4) and assists (0.7). While Utah dealt with the absence of Mike Conley to start the season and the loss of Bojan Bogdanovic to end it, Niang played consistent minutes throughout, giving a good indication that he'll likely remain a regular part of the team's rotation in 2020-21. Niang should see similar playing time this season, which will likely lead to similar production. He's not a guy to draft in 12-team leagues this season, but he can be a viable fantasy contributor in deeper leagues if he maintains his 2019-20 pace.
Following a storied career at Iowa State, Niang was nabbed by the Pacers in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. While not an athletic specimen, the 6-foot-9 Niang impressed the Pacers in summer league contests and training camp with his playmaking skills, but he generally struggled to translate that ability into meaningful production as a rookie. Niang went on to appear in just 23 contests at the NBA level, averaging just 4.0 minutes per game while shuttling frequently between the Pacers and the G League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. With Niang failing to make the strides the Pacers had hoped for in his development as a power forward, he was waived in July to free up roster space. Golden State inked Niang to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal in August, but the 24-year-old again appears destined for extensive time in the G League in his second professional season, this time with the Santa Cruz Warriors.