Given their current financial outlook, the Milwaukee Bucks building up an internal core has and continues to be imperative for their future.
Save for Donte DiVincenzo, who is coming along nicely in his third NBA season, the Bucks haven’t had much time for the few prospects on their roster. Their pair of rookies from the 2020 NBA Draft, Sam Merrill and Jordan Nwora, have both been recalled from the G League bubble and have seen very limited time up in Milwaukee to this point in the season. The same goes fourth-year forward D.J. Wilson, who has cemented himself as being on the periphery of the Bucks’ roster.
While their G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, isn’t in action this condensed G League season, two-way player Mamadi Diakite is doing his part to turn some heads while on assignment in the G League.
In his ten appearances with the Lakeland Magic, Diakite is up to averaging 17.6 points on .575/.500/.762 shooting splits, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2 blocks across 26.5 minutes per game, with all but one of his appearances coming off the bench.
The early flashes of potential that Diakite was showing early upon joining the Lakeland Magic have been a regular feature as he’s gotten his run as a professional since going undrafted in last year’s draft.
There’s obviously been the gaudy stat lines, whether it’s the six 20-point games he’s had as well as the seven double-doubles he’s tallied…