Pelicans news: Cheick Diallo wants to be the Summer League MVP
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Cheick Diallo wants to be the Summer League MVP

Cheick Diallo

Cheick Diallo is entering his third year with the New Orleans Pelicans, and that includes playing in the Summer League. This will be the third year in a row he has played in the Summer League and although some players might get frustrated having to play in the league for another year, Diallo is making the most of the opportunity.

“I’m trying to win every game,” Diallo said after New Orleans’ Tuesday practice via NBA.com. “I’m trying to go to the finals and win MVP.”

Diallo carved out a nice little role last year for himself with the Pelicans. He appeared in 37 of the Pelicans last 42 games and even played in seven games during the playoffs. He is still young and a raw talent, so this offseason training is another chance to grow his game.

“I love Cheick,” Pelicans summer head coach Kevin Hanson said, when told of the player’s MVP objective. “He sets goals for himself, and that’s what it’s all about. We’re here to improve. You can’t reach those goals unless you set them, right? The kid wants to be great and you have to appreciate that work ethic. He’s the hardest-working guy on our team. He’s going to get there.”

Hanson had a big part in making Anthony Davis into the player he is, and now his next project is with Diallo. Now Diallo will probably never turn out to be Davis, that is a tall task, but there is still a chance for him to be very good in this league for a long time.