July 6, 2018, 6:34 pm
The major moves of the Wolves’ offseason are more-or-less done with Anthony Tolliver signed, Derrick Rose back on board and Bjelica off to Philly. With a handful of roster spots to fill and little money available, the Wolves will target players on minimum contracts. Perhaps one of those can make an impression when the Wolves kick off the Las Vegas Summer League.
Of course the major draw for Wolves fans will be the debuts of their two draft picks, Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop. Minnesota fans may be familiar with Bates-Diop, the Big-10 Player of the Year at Ohio State (who had 17 points and 12 rebounds in their lone meeting with the Gophers last year), but Okogie went under the radar at Georgia Tech and fans are eager to see him in action.
As the roster currently stands, the two rookies have a golden opportunity to earn some playing time in Thibodeau’s rotation. The main bench pieces, Tyus Jones, Gorgui Dieng, Tolliver and Rose, are all strictly perimeter or interior players. Okogie and KBD are the only wings the team has in reserve. Thibs’ is notorious for a mistrust in rookies and a tight rotation, so nothing is certain, but perhaps one of the two can earn his trust and crack the rotation.
That mission starts here in Summer League.
Here’s the full roster:
Terrell was just signed to a two-way contract by the Wolves. He had a huge impact last season for Rhode Island, one that led to a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, averaging 16.8 points, 2.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.2 3-pointers. He improved his numbers across the board, while seeing an uptick in volume as well. His 41.4 3-point percentage was a career high. He’s more of a scorer than distributor.
Jefferson signed a two-way contract for the Wolves last season, though he didn’t end up appearing in any games. He averaged 17.8 points and 12.8 rebounds for the Iowa Wolves, shooting 62.3 percent from the field. He’s strictly an interior player offensively, taking 89 percent of his field goals within 10 feet (including 74 percent at the rim). Jefferson broke the single-season double-double record last season.
White earned a two-way contract last season as well but with the Atlanta Hawks. He was able to get some time on the court, appearing in 15 games for the Hawks. He averaged 4.6 points and 1.2 3-pointers in limited minutes. White is an intriguing talent as a potential 3-&-D guy, with emphasis on the ‘3’. He averaged 3.3 3-pointers in his final collegiate season on 40.3 percent shooting, then went on to the G-League and made 2.6 3-pointers per game on 40.5 percent shooting. At 6′-7″ and 210 lbs., he has ideal size for the wing.
Not seen is Justin Patton, who’s recovering from foot surgery and will miss his second consecutive summer.
These games mean very little in the grand scheme and it’s not time to overreact. As a rule of thumb, a good performance means very little, but a poor performance is perhaps a reason to be somewhat concerned, but nothing too drastic. Second year players should also be a step ahead of the rookies, so guys like White and Jefferson may look the best on the floor.
Where to Watch:
10:00 pm CT on NBA TV
October 19, 2019, 1:38 amGlenn Robinson IIISG, Golden State Warriors
Glenn Robinson scored 13 points (3-for-6 shooting), six rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals across 25 minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Robinson will have a steady role as the starting small forward this season, but don't consider him more than anything as a weekly streamer for when the Warriors have a heavy week.
October 19, 2019, 1:33 amStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry continued his torrid pace in the preseason with 32 points (9-for-20 shooting), six 3-pointers, six assists, one rebound and one block in Friday's 124-103 win over the Lakers.
This preseason, Curry averaged more points than minutes played – a statistic that bodes quite well for those that took him in the top-5 of fantasy drafts. Curry is primed for more usage than he's had in years and as long as he's healthy, he can produce like the top overall fantasy player this season.
October 19, 2019, 1:28 amD'Angelo RussellPG, Golden State Warriors
D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points (9-for-19 shooting) including six 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Russell let it fly on Friday and this is exactly the type of performance we hope to see regularly during the regular season. Contributing in points, assists, threes and free-throw percentage – consider Russell in the top-50 of fantasy drafts.
October 19, 2019, 1:21 amDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green logged 31 minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers, adding nine points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and one three.
Green can always be counted on for solid production in rebounds, assists and defense. His ceiling is determined by his ability to score efficiently and with Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson injured, expect Green to get more opportunities than last season.
October 19, 2019, 1:18 amKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played 33 minutes in a starting role in Friday's 103-124 loss to the Warriors, accumulating 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting, five 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and a block.
Caldwell-Pope being featured so heavily on a night where the Lakers rested most of their regulars indicates he is not very high on the pecking order when it comes to the Lakers rotation. Consider him a threes and steals streamer on weeks where the Lakers have a heavy schedule.
October 19, 2019, 1:14 amZach NorvellPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Zach Norvell came off the bench in Friday's loss to the Warriors and put up 29 points (8-for-17 shooting), five 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one block in a team-high 39 minutes.
It was another signature performance in the preseason for the undrafted rookie free agent. Norvell is proving himself worthy of keeping around for the Lakers, but don't expect him to factor into fantasy this season.
October 19, 2019, 1:11 amDevontae CacokPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Devonta Cacok notched a double-double in a losing effort against the Warriors on Friday with 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one block.
Cacok got a rare start in this one along with Troy Daniels (five points, two rebounds, two steals and a three) and Jared Dudley (four points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one three). Don't expect any of these guys to have any value in standard leagues beyond the occasional stream.
October 19, 2019, 12:19 amChris SilvaC, Miami Heat
Ira Winderman reported on Twitter Friday night that Chris Silva will receive one of the two available two-way contract from the Heat.
An undrafted free agent and a former SEC co-defensive player of the year is off to a good start to his NBA career. With the Heat's track record of player development, keep him on your deep league watch lists.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 12:06 amDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
Damyean Dotson made his return to action on Friday from offseason shoulder surgery and logged 10 minutes, contributing three points, one assist, one 3-pointer and one steal.
Dotson has a lot more competition for minutes in 2019-20 compared to his bright performance as a pick-up streamer in 2018-19. He's also under the thumb of the evil coach David Fizdale roster-shuffling chaos machine. so it's best to leave him undrafted in most leagues, applying a wait-and-see approach for now.
October 19, 2019, 12:05 amAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Trudell reported on Twitter that Alex Caruso suffered a bone contusionon on his pelvis during Friday's game and will not return.
According to Trudell, the X-rays were negative but Caruso will undergo further testing when the team returns to Los Angeles.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter