9) Minnesota Timberwolves: Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF, UCLA
Basic Stats: 17.9 PPG, 5.2 REB, .08 AST, .07 STL
What is there to be said which hasn’t already been said about Shabazz Muhammad?
At this point, I feel like we’re beating a dead horse. We all know about Muhammad’s issues on and off the court. His ability to score the ball is often overshadowed with selfishness and lack of commitment defensively. But we all knew that already.
Muhammad’s stock is been all over the draft boards, making it virtually impossible to foresee where the former Bruin will land in about 9 days. One thing is for certain; Minnesota desperately needs a scorer and ill be very surprised if Muhammad lasts past the ninth overall pick.
Minnesota is reportedly very high on Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, but the DMV native has catapulted on mock drafts, and won’t likely be on the board once it’s time for the T-Wolves to select their prospect. There are a ton of options for the Timberwolves at this point in the draft. With Nikola Pekovic entering free-agency, the Wolves could potentially save some money by drafting a big man in the late lottery. Could Cody Zeller or a possible surprise pick such as Rudy Gobert become Minnesota’s choice? As Ward Watkins previously mentioned, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will rise on draft day, making him a likely option for the T-Wolves on June 27th. The list of prospects can go on and on, making the amount of possibilities for the Timberwolves pretty evident.
With new look management, the Timberwolves will undoubtedly try to please Kevin Love, their franchise player, with a lot of their roster moves before the start of the season. Shabazz Muhammad is a pure scorer, which is something the Wolves obviously need. Teams at the top of the draft usually stay away from concerning players, but as we go down in selection, they’re often willing to take a chance more on a more frequent basis.
The Timberwolves won’t lose much if they decide to take Muhammad ninth overall. Minnesota is a solid defensive team, which could help mask Muhammad’s defensive deficiency. Muhammad will probably embrace the role of a spot up shooter, or someone looking to score off the ball and paring him up with Ricky Rubio- one of the league’s best passers, could only help him flourish in the scoring department.
I don’t think Shabazz Muhammad is a can’t miss prospect, but he has the potential to become a good player, especially in a system which caters to his abilities.