Before making his NBA debut, Hamidou Diallo was traded twice during the 2018 offseason. He was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets and subsequently traded to the Charlotte Hornets before finally sticking with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played 51 NBA games as a rookie and another six in the G League. In those six G-League starts, Diallo dominated. He averaged 19.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 29.5 minutes per game. The University of Kentucky product averaged 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game at the NBA level. He recorded double-digit points five times, including in back-to-back games in December. His best production came in November and December. Over the course of those months, he racked up four double-digit scoring games, averaged 5.3 points and shot 51 percent from the field. Diallo did not appear in any of the Thunder's five postseason contests.
June 21, 2018Drafted by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2nd round (45th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
July 6, 2018Traded by the Brooklyn Nets with Timofey Mozgov, cash and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Charlotte Hornets for Dwight Howard. Signed his rookie contract shortly thereafter.