WolvesSLBreakdown

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The Minnesota Timberwolves finished 2-3 at this year’s NBA Las Vegas Summer League. The team featured three 2022 draft picks but also plenty of players trying to get into the league.

So, who made an impression this summer for the Wolves? Let's delve in a little deeper into Minnesota’s summer-league results.

Most valuable player: Kevon Harris

Minnesota has an opening for a two-way contract (see below). The Wolves might want to think about giving it to the 6-foot-6 former Stephen F. Austin guard. They certainly gave Harris a long look. Playing a team-high 27.1 minutes per game, Harris led the Wolves summer team in points (15.8), 3-pointers (11) and 3-point percentage (45.8%). He also knocked down 57.7% of shots.

Most surprising player: Josh Minott

There might have been some questions about why Minott left Memphis after just one season in which he averaged just 14.6 minutes, 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Taken with the No. 45 overall pick in this year’s draft, Minott provided some early answers. The 6-8 forward averaged 12.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals and made 5 of 12 3-point attempts (41.7%). Minott’s 96.3 defensive rating was tops on the Wolves. Let’s just say he answered any questions as the Wolves, instead of giving him a two-way contract as expected, is getting a rookie contract.

Best flash of potential: Wendell Moore Jr.

Minott easily could be the choice here as well, but in an effort to mix things up we’ll go with the No. 26 overall pick. Moore showed ability on both ends of the court, averaging 12.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals over 26.9 minutes, while limiting his fouls (3.0 per game, a relatively decent amount for the summer league). He also proved to be someone you want on the court down the stretch in a close game, nailing 16 of 17 free-throw attempts (94.1%).

Underdog worth watching: Terrell Brown Jr.

The 6-foot-3 guard played in just three of Minnesota’s five games but flashed some offensive potential in his limited time. Brown averaged 10.0 points in 16.6 minutes, making 45.5% of his shots including 3 of 7 from behind the arc (42.9%). Moore led the Wolves in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) with a 21.7 and was second in Offensive Rating with a 114.7.

Dark horse candidate: Marial Shayok

A late addition to the Wolves summer roster after players were needed following the Rudy Gobert trade, Shayok, who played last season in Turkey, did a little bit of everything (except shoot well, which helps qualify him as a dark horse). Shayok played in four games, starting three, and averaged 7.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals over 21.4 minutes (shooting 34.6% from the field). He led the Wolves in assist percentage (33.1%) but was also fifth in total rebound percentage (9.6%). In addition, Shayok was third on the team in PER (19.0), fourth in defensive rating (97.9) and fifth in offensive rating (99.5).

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