Atlanta Hawks: 3 legends for Gorgui Dieng to study

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Legends for Atlanta Hawks big man Gorgui Dieng to study No. 2) Rasheed Wallace

The first word that comes to mind when thinking about Rasheed Wallace is tough. He made a living by doing the dirty work for the team that he played on. He was even a member of the Hawks for a total of one game in the 2003-04 season.

Wallace took 58.8 percent of his shots from within 16 feet but was unstoppable from within three feet. This again is where Dieng needs to be at his best. As the rest of the team is quite proficient with the 3-ball, Dieng needs to do the dirty work inside, getting the offensive rebounds.

However, as Dieng will also be playing on the same unit as Danilo Gallinari, both of these players will be able to space the floor while the other goes to work inside. This is going to make the second unit of the Hawks’ one of the hardest to defend in the entire league.

Wallace was always active at the defensive end of the court as well. His defensive instincts allowed him to average 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game which are really good numbers for a big man. While he did win any major awards in his time in the league, Wallace was a champion in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons.