If you have read any of my previous articles in which I mention Cheick Diallo, you would probably come to the correct conclusion that I am not a big fan of his. I see Diallo as someone with the perfect NBA body who, through either his fault or his coaches’, has been completely ineffective on the basketball court.
Diallo’s on court play only makes me more angry when it is compared to that of Pascal Siakam, someone with very similar athleticism, size and NBA experience. Unlike Diallo, Siakam has turned himself into a very good role player in two years, with a real plus-minus of 1.52, while Diallo has seen fluctuating minutes, and has been declared a four-five “tweener”, posting a -2.55 RPM.
So what’s the difference?