Georges Niang
Georges Niang
28-Year-Old ForwardF
Philadelphia 76ers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Niang held a small but consistent rotational role with the Jazz last season. He appeared in all 72 games and averaged 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 16.0 minutes while notably shooting 42.5 percent from three -- his third straight season over 40 percent. In the offseason, he opted to join the 76ers on a two-year, $6.7 million deal. Niang again figures to be the primary backup at power forward -- this time to Tobias Harris rather than Royce O'Neale. Ultimately, it's unlikely anything changes in terms of Niang's fantasy value, and he'll only be relevant in very deep leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.7 million contract with the 76ers.
Personal Bio

Georges Niang, son of Sidy and Alison, was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1993. Niang made a name for himself as a high school basketball player at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. He has the most points in school history with 2,372 and was a three-time First-Team All-NEPSAC Class AA pick. As a junior, Niang averaged 24.2 points and 8.2 rebounds, leading his team to the 2011 NEPSAC Class AA championship after being named the outstanding player of the tournament. As a senior, Niang averaged 25.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game -- enough to make him the 2012 NEPSAC Class AA Player of the Year. He left Tilton with four NEPSAC titles, one national prep championship, one AAU national championship and one Nike EYBL title to his name. Niang then chose to play collegiate basketball at Iowa State, where he majored in business marketing and spent time volunteering with the university's children's hospital. You can follow Niang on Twitter (@Georgesniang20) and Instagram (@Georgesniang).

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Niang was named to the All-American Second team in his senior year. He captured the Karl Malone Award for best power forward in the country. During his four college seasons, the forward was just one of four players since 1994-95 to reach or surpass 2,000 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists. He finished his career with 2,228 points, second most in the history of Iowa State basketball. The Methuen, Mass. native was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and the All-Big 12 Tournament team in his senior season. At the time, Niang was only the second player in Big 12 history to earn All-Tournament Team honors three times. As a senior, he was second in the Big 12 in scoring with 20.5 points per contest. Niang was one of only two players nationally to average 20 points and shoot 60 percent on two-point field goals. Niang was also the lone Big 12 player to rank in the league's top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists. Niang was chosen by the Indiana Pacers in the 2016 NBA Draft in the second round (50th overall).

Joining Philly
FPhiladelphia 76ers
August 3, 2021
Niang agreed Tuesday to a two-year, $6.7 million contract with the 76ers, independent NBA writer Marc Stein reports.
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The 76ers will gain a depth piece at forward in Niang, who has been a steady rotation player for the Jazz over the past two seasons. That said, he's unlikely to see minutes in the 20s and won't be fantasy-relevant.
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2020

Niang played in 72 games during his fourth season with the Jazz. The 28-year-old averaged 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 16.0 minutes per game. He started 10 games and averaged 12.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24.9 minutes during those contests.The Iowa State product shot 43.7 percent from the field, 42.5 percent from three and 95.7 percent from the free-throw line. The 2016 second-round pick played 20-plus minutes 18 times, including a season-high 34 during a start against the Thunder on April 13. During the 106-96 win, Niang registered a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds while adding three assists. The ex-Cyclone scored 10-plus points in 22 games and 20-plus points twice, including a season-high 24 during a start against the Rockets on May 8. During the 124-116 win, Niang went 9-for-12 from the field and 6-for-8 from three while adding two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes. The 6-foot-7 forward grabbed five-plus rebounds 11 times, including a season-high 10 against the Thunder on April 13. He also distributed multiple assists 16 times, including a season-high five against the Heat on Feb. 13. Defensively, the fifth-year wing registered at least one steal in 21 games and at least one block in eight games. Per 36 minutes, Niang averaged 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

2019

Niang saw the biggest role of his career in 2019-20. He saw action in a career-high 66 games and played a career-high 14.0 minutes per game. That resulted in Niang posting high marks essentially across the board, averaging 5.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 threes and 0.7 assists. He also shot 43.8 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three and 83.3 percent from beyond the arc. During a win over the Pelicans on Nov. 23, Niang blocked a season-high two shots. On Jan. 4 in a win over the Magic, Niang scored a season-high 15 points. He would go on to reach that mark two more times throughout the season -- both in January victories. On Jan. 22 during a victory over the Warriors, the forward dished a season-high three assists, reaching that mark again five days later in a game against the Rockets. During the NBA bubble against the Lakers on Aug. 3, Niang swiped a season-high three steals. Four days later, he grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in a game against the Spurs, also contributing seven points, two assists and two steals. Appearing in all seven playoff games against the Nuggets, Niang averaged 8.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from three and 100 percent from the charity stripe. His best playoff performance was during a 37-point Game 3 win, where Niang recorded 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt) and two rebounds.

2018

The 2018-19 season was Georges Niang's third year in the Association. The 6-foot-9 forward appeared in 59 games for the Jazz. It was a significant boost for Niang after playing in only 32 NBA contests during his first two seasons. In 2018-19, Niang also appeared in three games for the G League Salt Lake City Stars. Niang played in Utah's first 14 games, averaging eight minutes of run per tilt. On Oct. 28, he scored a career-high 13 points during a win over Dallas. During December, Niang would see a boost in playing time via three games with the SLC Stars. In the G League, he'd deliver 21.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over 31 minutes per contest. In January, Niang provided steady bench support for the Jazz, appearing in 16 straight games from Jan. 7 to Feb. 9. After a brief string of DNP's, Niang would then appear in 17 of Utah's last 18 games. That run would include a new career high of 16 points during an Apr. 7 loss to the Lakers. He'd end the regular season with yet another career high of 24 points in a loss to the Clippers. Niang played in all five of Utah's playoff games, generating 4.4 points and 2.8 boards over 11 minutes per game. Niang's Jazz were eliminated by Houston in the first of the playoffs.

2017

Niang continued to learn the NBA game in his sophomore season with the Jazz organization. He appeared in nine games and scored four points in a March 13 matchup against the Pistons. Niang spent the bulk of the season in the G-League, where he played 41 games and averaged almost 20 points per contest. Niang was first allocated by the Utah organization to the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's G-League affiliate. He scored early and often with the Warriors, averaging 18 points and almost 7 rebounds per game in 26 contests. He was then shipped over to the Salt Lake City Stars, Utah's new affiliate. In fifteen games with the Stars, Niang averaged 22 points and 6.8 rebounds.

2016

Niang was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the 2nd round (50th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut against Brooklyn on Oct. 28, grabbing a rebound in just under two minutes of play. The next night against Chicago, he scored four points while grabbing two boards in 16 minutes. Against Brooklyn on Nov. 25, Niang scored a season-high five points and recorded his first career steal. Niang also spent time in the D-League. He appeared in six games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 19.0 points and 7.2 rebounds while surrounded by NBA-caliber talent such as Rakeem Christmas and Marquis Teague. His best D-League game occurred Apr. 1, when Niang posted 32 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal during a win over Canton. At the NBA level, Niang appeared in 23 games for the Pacers and averaged 4.0 minutes per contest. The Pacers made the postseason that year, but Niang did not get to make a playoff appearance.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
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Niang returned for his fourth NBA season overall and third season with Utah in 2019-20 and had a career year. Across his first two seasons with the Jazz, he topped out at 8.7 minutes but saw that playing time increase significantly to 14.0 minutes in 2019-20. He also achieved career highs in points (5.9), rebounds (1.9), threes (1.4) and assists (0.7). While Utah dealt with the absence of Mike Conley to start the season and the loss of Bojan Bogdanovic to end it, Niang played consistent minutes throughout, giving a good indication that he'll likely remain a regular part of the team's rotation in 2020-21. Niang should see similar playing time this season, which will likely lead to similar production. He's not a guy to draft in 12-team leagues this season, but he can be a viable fantasy contributor in deeper leagues if he maintains his 2019-20 pace.
Following a storied career at Iowa State, Niang was nabbed by the Pacers in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft. While not an athletic specimen, the 6-foot-9 Niang impressed the Pacers in summer league contests and training camp with his playmaking skills, but he generally struggled to translate that ability into meaningful production as a rookie. Niang went on to appear in just 23 contests at the NBA level, averaging just 4.0 minutes per game while shuttling frequently between the Pacers and the G League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. With Niang failing to make the strides the Pacers had hoped for in his development as a power forward, he was waived in July to free up roster space. Golden State inked Niang to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal in August, but the 24-year-old again appears destined for extensive time in the G League in his second professional season, this time with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
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Erupts for career-high 24 points
FUtah Jazz
May 9, 2021
Niang registered 24 points (9-12 FG, 6-8 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and two steals across 24 minutes in Saturday's 124-116 win over the Rockets.
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Drops five triples in blowout win
FUtah Jazz
April 29, 2021
Niang totaled 19 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists and three rebounds in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 154-105 victory over the Kings.
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Starting Wednesday
FUtah Jazz
April 28, 2021
Niang will start in Wednesday's game against the Kings, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Makes four threes in loss
FUtah Jazz
April 26, 2021
Niang collected 14 points (4-11 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one steal in a 105-104 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday.
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Back to bench
FUtah Jazz
April 16, 2021
Niang will come off the bench Friday against the Pacers.
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