DeSagana Diop

DeSagana Diop N'gagne or short Gana Diop (born 30 January 1982, and Dakar ) is a Senegalese professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the American professional league NBA. The 2.13 m wide, 127 -pound Diop plays on the position of the center.


Diop was elected Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers at 8th digit in the 2001 NBA. For the Cavaliers, he completed 193 games in four seasons, but could never live up to expectations due to frequent injuries and weight problems. In the summer of 2005 he signed a three -year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. He was a positive surprise. He developed into a strong defensive specialist. His work and use his skills as a rebounder and shot blocker made ​​him a crowd favorite and increased its operating times. In 2006 was Dallas coach Avery Johnson Diop start most games and pulled him from the more experienced Erick Dampier. In the playoffs, he contributed greatly to the victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7. Despite a broken nose, he played in the fourth quarter and in overtime excellent defense against Spurs star Tim Duncan and took two crucial offensive rebounds. In the NBA season 2005/ 06 Diop scored an average of 2.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks with an average operating time of 18.6 minutes per game.

On 19 February 2008 he was sent by the Mavericks along with Devin Harris, Trenton Hassell, Maurice Ager, Keith Van Horn and two draft picks to the New Jersey Nets. In exchange for Jason Kidd, Malik Allen and Antoine Wright to Dallas changed. On 9 July 2008 he was when his contract expires again obliged Dallas and signed a five -year contract. January 16, 2009 Diop was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Mavericks received in exchange for Matt Carroll and Ryan Hollins. For the Bobcats Diop played until summer 2013. At the end of his contract Diop received a new contract in Charlotte. He then signed a preliminary contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, for which he already played from 2001 to 2005. The contract was terminated by October 25.