July 7, 2018, 1:53 am
The Wolves fell just short in their Summer League opener 70-69, but the results matter less than the individual performances. No one player stood out in an extraordinary way, but there were some intriguing moments from many of the players, especially first-rounder Josh Okogie. Instead of a general recap, we’ll highlight certain key players.
The Wolves’ No. 20 overall pick got off to a slow start in this one and offensively didn’t have a great showing, but he was tenacious on the defensive end. He shot just 2-of-10 from the field with 10 points, but chipped in seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks.
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He’s extremely raw on offense and tonight forced the issue a bit with five turnovers (many careless) and an inconsistent jumper. He did get to the line eight times and wasn’t shy about pulling up. Most of his looks were clean, which is good, he wasn’t just launching recklessly. In time those will go in.
It’s easy to see why Thibodeau fell in love with this kid. At only 6′-4″ he’s a bit small, but he really showed off his 7′ wingspan and excellent jumping ability. He was also diving on the floor for loose balls and looking ahead in transition. Thibs tried to get his team to play faster last year and Okogie is definitely a guy who fits that defense-to-offense style. There are holes in his game and he doesn’t have much combo-guard ability yet, but the tools are there to be a lock-down defensive guard.
With Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones ahead of him on the depth chart he may not see much time, but if Okogie keeps this up all summer he may force the issue.
The Wolves No. 48 overall pick was fairly one-dimensional in this one, which wasn’t quite as advertised going into the draft (but was quietly among some of the concerns teams had with him). He’s ideally a versatile wing that moves the ball, switches on defense and can create his own offense all over the floor.
In this contest, though, he seemed a step behind the action. He wasn’t shy about shooting (3-of-11), but most came beyond the arc (1-of-7). He was also a bit unsure with the ball in his hands (zero assists, four turnovers). One play stuck out in particular where he took the ball from mid court and had a bigger, slower defender on him. He dribbled to the elbow with a clear lane in front of him but hesitated a moment, perhaps looking to pass. The slight delay cost him as the defender regained ground and the paint filled up. He ended up dribbling off his shoe anyway for a turnover.
It’s unfair to base his entire game off of one play, perhaps there were jitters or he was trying to play the Draymond Green role a bit too actively.
He grabbed seven rebounds, had one steal and one block, and hit both of his free throws.
After the Wolves signed Anthony Tolliver and more-or-less capped out their offseason (maybe one or tow more moves at the minimum salary), Bates-Diop was probably the more likely guy to see bigger minutes out of the two Wolves’ rookies. With the guard rotation set and the two bigs locked-in, Bates-Diop, on paper, fits in better as a reserve wing next to the incumbent veterans than Okogie does. He’s also a bit older and more polished offensively. There’s a long summer ahead, though.
The Wolves freshly signed two-way player was mostly quiet in his first taste of NBA action. He scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting with no assists (but also no turnovers) as the lead guard. He was mostly out-shined by third-year player Isaiah Cousins.
Terrell did chip in three rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer, but he was eaten alive by Monte Morris and Malik Beasely, two NBA ‘veterans’ (by Summer League standards). He has little to no shot at cracking Thibs’ rotation next season, but his scoring ability is legitimate and he should light up Iowa.
One of the Wolves’ two-way contract recipients last season, Jefferson had a little bit of hype going into this Summer League after averaging a double-double in the G-League last year (setting a league record in total double-doubles). He doesn’t have the best size, but makes up for it with an uncanny ability to be in the perfect spot for rebounds.
He wasn’t too impressive in this one, though, in likely his first outing in front of many Wolves’ fans. He ended up with a double-double (surprise) scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, but that was mostly thanks to a late surge in the fourth.
He was mostly lost of defense blowing rotations, missing help assignments and getting beat off the dribble. He chipped in a steal and a block.
His offense is limited to the paint, where he shot 6-of-10. He missed all of his free throws and has no jumper to speak of. These were all categorized last season as well.
Jefferson was not signed to another two-way, nor was he extended a qualifying offer.
Personally, I had some hype that White would have a huge showing this summer and shoot his way into a contract on the Wolves. He has a long hill to climb now.
White was pretty much invisible, recording just a single rebound in eight minutes of action. He was 0-of-4 from the field just lacked any sort of drive. No two ways around it, he was awful. The good news is there are more games ahead for him to bounce back.
White was a two-way player for the Hawks last season and shot the lights out in both Atlanta and their G-League. At 6′-7″ he has nice size as well.
The third-year player out of Oklahoma had a solid offensive game for himself, scoring a team-high 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He added three assists, one rebound and one steal to his line.
Summer League is a job fair for many of the players on the floor. Many guys are looking to latch onto a training camp roster and finagle that into an NBA cup of coffee. For Cousins it’s no exception, he’s out here competing for a roster spot with any team, whoever is watching and as a result sometimes players get a little bit of tunnel vision. It worked for Cousins himself tonight as he was about the only player hitting shots, but sometimes at the expense of an extra pass.
The Wolves may be looking for a veteran third-guard to fill the Aaron Brooks role, and Cousins is could be an option. More likely, though, Thibs would prefer a bit more experience there.
The next Wolves game is on Sunday afternoon where they’ll take on the Toronto Raptors.
October 15, 2019, 7:15 pmTroy DanielsSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Troy Daniels (sprained left knee) did not practice on Tuesday and remains out ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Warriors.
Daniels can get hot in a hurry from deep and has the chance to be a deep-league 3-point specialist if he can get back on the court.
October 15, 2019, 7:12 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) is improving, but it will take some time for him to get back as he still has some progressions to go through before he can return.
The team is going to play it very safe with their young forward. Kuzma's timeline is still a bit murky, but it's getting harder to believe he'll be ready for the opener.
October 15, 2019, 6:57 pmBrandon KnightPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Brandon Knight (rest) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Celtics.
Knight joins a long list of Cavs out tonight. The Cavs will likely disperse his minutes among a bevy of guards.
Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 6:55 pmDante ExumPG, Utah Jazz
Dante Exum (patellar tendon rehab) is being listed as out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Blazers.
Injuries have dampened the once-promising rookie's career. He is not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Jazz on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 6:51 pmMarkieff MorrisPF, Detroit Pistons
Markeiff Morris (illness) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Sixers.
Morris will join teammates Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin on the bench tonight, opening up a full allotment of minutes in the frontcourt. Christian Wood, Joe Johnson and Thon Maker should see heavy runs tonight.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 6:43 pmAric HolmanPF, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs waived Aric Holman and Dakota Mathias on Tuesday.
There is no fantasy relevance here.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 6:35 pmJake LaymanSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jake Layman is getting the start at SF on Tuesday against the Pacers.
Layman remains entirely in the mix for the starting job as we head towards the opener. Jarrett Culver has shown the most this preseason among the SF options, but the team may prefer him in a sixth-man type role. This is a situation worth monitoring.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 6:31 pmAndrew WigginsSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins is getting the start at shooting guard over Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver in Tuesday's preseason game against the Pacers.
This is a very interesting development for the fantasy values of each. Culver is still worth a look in deep leagues as he can play the 1-3, but Okogie would take the biggest hit of the trio should this be the occurrence on opening night.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 6:27 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love will play against the Celtics on Tuesday.
Love is in a good DFS spot tonight as he could be staring at a big day tonight with so many frontcourt teammates sitting out, but it is worth noting that the team plans to watch his minutes carefully.
Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter
October 15, 2019, 6:23 pmDarius GarlandPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland (ankle) will play on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.
The team will pay attention to their prized 5th pick's minutes in this one with the regular season right around the corner. Garland is an intriguing late-round flier on a talent-strapped Cavs team.
Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter