President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas has a vision for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
After making big changes to the Wolves’ roster at the 2019-20 trade deadline, Rosas has surrounded All-Stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell with a core of promising young talent.
Each Thursday, we’ll be tracking the progress of these young players while also keeping up with the G League Iowa Wolves to see who will rise to the challenge of bringing a consistent, winning team to Minnesota.
This is the 16th edition of the 2020-21 Young Wolves Tracker.
SPOTLIGHT ON …
Forward Juancho Hernangomez
In a season with what seemed like non-stop injuries and COVID-19 interruptions, the Wolves have hit their stride in late April with three straight victories. It’s the team’s first three-game winning streak since the opening trio of games of the 2019-20 campaign.
Hernangomez, the long-struggling power forward, has played a big part in Minnesota’s last two wins.
During the Wolves’ 105-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday, Hernangomez poured in an efficient 14 points in 18 minutes on the floor, making 4 of 5 shots (2 of 3 from deep) and 4 of 5 free-throw attempts. He was one of three Minnesota bench players to score double figures, joining D’Angelo Russell (27 points) and Naz Reid (13).
The following night against Houston, Hernangomez caught fire once more. The 25-year-old drained 8 of 12 attempts from the field while also contributing seven rebounds and two blocks – just his second game with multiple stuffs in a Wolves uniform. On a night when the Timberwolves shot 26.3% from 3-point range (10 of 38), Hernangomez knocked down 3 of 6 attempts.
Over his first 40 games of the season, Hernangomez logged 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per contest. But in his last four outings, the Spaniard has registered 14.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 60.6% from the field and 44.4% from deep.
Rosas didn’t trade for Hernangomez for his defensive abilities. The Timberwolves president of basketball operations took a chance on Hernangomez for his talent scoring the basketball.
If Hernangomez can keep this efficient play going, the 2021-22 season for the Wolves looks even more promising.
-- In the month of April, rookie Anthony Edwards has played 15 games and is averaging 21.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. He’s shooting 33.6% from 3-point range this month, which would be his highest single-month clip from downtown.
-- On Monday night, Russell drained seven 3-pointers in Minnesota’s victory over Utah, his second game with 7+ 3s in a Wolves uniform.
-- Rookie Jaden McDaniels grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds against the Jazz on Monday. The 20-year-old has racked up seven offensive boards in his last six games.