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.
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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.