Josh Minott described himself as angry when he was chosen with the No. 45 overall selection in the NBA draft. It wasn't because of where he was headed (with the Minnesota Timberwolves) but instead because he thought he should've gone much higher in the draft. He said he was "coming for everybody" and in his NBA Summer League debut, he backed the talk up in an 85-78 win for the Wolves over the Denver Nuggets.
The former Memphis product constantly glowed in the spotlight on Friday night in Las Vegas, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota.
Minott averaged just 6.6 points per game for Memphis last season on 52% shooting from the floor. While it's a small sample size of just one NBA Summer League game, Minott shot an efficient 8-for-15 in Friday's win and hit two 3-pointers as well.
Wendell Moore, the No. 26 overall pick for the Wolves, poured in 10 points of 4-for-9 shooting.
Minnesota outscored Denver in the first three quarters but the Nuggets stormed back in the fourth quarter as the Wolves' offense disappeared for large stretches in the final 10 minutes. A clutch 3-point bucket from second-year guard Matt Lewis helped seal the deal for the Wolves to hold off the Nuggets.
Minnesota will next be in action Sunday at 8 p.m. against the Memphis Grizzlies.