The San Antonio Spurs have cycled a few G League players through their two-way contract slots this season. Seth Millner, Sir’Jabari Rice, Charles Bediako, Dominick Barlow and David Duke Jr. have all been on a two-way deal at points throughout the season. After Bediako was waived from his two-way contract, the Spurs had a slot open.
On Monday, San Antonio announced that they’ve signed big man Mamadi Diakite to a two-way contract. Diakite is a 6-9, 225 pound forward who most recently played for the Westchester Knicks. This year he’s averaged 8.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1 block per game. Diakite is a stretch-big who shoots 5.3 threes per game at a 25% clip. The 26-year-old big man has played in 49 NBA games with Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Cleveland. He was a part of the Bucks 2021 NBA Championship team. In his NBA career, Diakite averages 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 10 minutes a game.
Diakite went undrafted after spending 5 years at the University of Virginia. He was a key contributor on the 2021 NCAA Championship team. As a senior he made the all-ACC Second Team and 2019-2020 ACC All-Defensive team, when he averaged 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and hit 36% of his three pointers.
With Zach Collins out for 2-4 weeks, and Victor Wembanyama on a minutes restriction, the Spurs needed some front court help. Diakite will join Barlow and Sandro Mamukelashvili as big men who can sure up the Spurs rotation while they deal with injuries.
Diakite will be eligible to play in Tuesday’s contest against the Grizzlies, and will wear number 29 for the Spurs.