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Hamidou Diallo's dunks are flashy, but the rest of his game has steadily improved

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander found Hamidou Diallo on a half-court outlet pass Saturday, leaving Diallo and Pelicans guard JJ Redick in a race to the rim. The 35-year-old Redick pulled a savvy move. He jetted past the basket and out of Diallo’s way before the Thunder 21-year-old skied for a slam. 


Diallo, who treated Saturday’s game like a defense of his slam dunk title, had an even flashier windmill dunk in the second quarter. He waved his arms to pump up the crowd. Everyone on the Thunder bench stood in awe. 


Diallo has seven dunks this season — second on the team behind Nerlens Noel’s nine. 

But Diallo has been more than a dunker. He’s been reliable on defense, and his playing time and offensive numbers have taken a leap. 

Although it’s still a six-game sample, here’s how Diallo’s sophomore season compares to his rookie campaign: 

2018-19: 10.3 minutes per game, 3.7 points per game (45.5 percent shooting), 1.9 rebounds per game, -6.8 net rating

2019-20: 20.2 minutes per game, 10.0 points per game (46.3 percent shooting), 5.0 rebounds per game, 1.4 net rating

Diallo’s biggest weakness is his 3-point shooting. He was a 16.7 percent 3-point shooter as a rookie, and he’s 1-of-10 from three this season.

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Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) dunks the ball beside New Orleans' Nicolo Melli (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo (6) dunks the ball beside New Orleans' Nicolo Melli (20) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The...

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Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes past New Orleans' Jahlil Okafor (8) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8305ab065cc5489b6c77cd02405a6051.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) goes past New Orleans' Lonzo Ball (2) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) goes past New Orleans' Lonzo Ball (2) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) goes past New Orleans' Lonzo Ball (2) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-75942242150ee7f39f8b40163934c6f8.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) fights for the ball with New Orleans' Josh Hart (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) fights for the ball with New Orleans' Josh Hart (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) fights for the ball with New Orleans' Josh Hart (3) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4b6ace957b7c4c8cfcac7c8eb45a709c.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) moves past New Orleans' Kenrich Williams (34) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) moves past New Orleans' Kenrich Williams (34) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Danilo Gallinari (8) moves past New Orleans' Kenrich Williams (34) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2e78ff6e928188f95f2789e9b85542a5.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, poses for a photo after swapping jerseys with Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the Pelicans after an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, poses for a photo after swapping jerseys with Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the Pelicans after an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, poses for a photo after swapping jerseys with Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the Pelicans after an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-03074bf588e01371e177e950ae03e741.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) talks with coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) talks with coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Chris Paul (3) talks with coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-38b1617ff0638cb6cb7df52249669c5a.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) smiles as he makes a basket during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) smiles as he makes a basket during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17) smiles as he makes a basket during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2c9af511e53ab2e02c1b36b78c6170dc.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson is introduced before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson is introduced before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson is introduced before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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