Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

Thaddeus Young scored 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

Young hit 3-of-4 free throws tonight and moved his average to 45.5 percent over the last six games, highlighting the struggles he has had from the stripe. With percentages that are in the dumps he certainly has buy low appeal, particularly when you factor in his mother's death and the return of Ricky Rubio as mitigating factors.
Dec 27 - 4:29 AM

Shabazz Muhammad scored 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds and one block over 34 minutes in Friday's loss.

The threes and block save this from being a complete disaster, and because he doesn't do much besides score at times owners need to be ready for the occasional dud. A six-game sample shows him at a mid-round value for owners, so he should be in most lineups unless he starts to fall off.
Dec 27 - 4:26 AM

Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-8 FTs) with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Friday's loss.

Wiggins' upside is tantalizing because he can jump out of the gym and get by on mere athleticism, while he also refines his game on a nightly basis. Unfortunately he's a mess in standard leagues with value well outside the top-200 because of poor percentages that come at a high volume. Because of his pedigree, it's possible that he turns the field goal shooting around and adds to his overall game in a snap, so he's worth a stash but owners need to be realistic about the current concerns.
Dec 27 - 4:24 AM

Chase Budinger hit just 2-of-8 shots in 21 minutes off the bench on Friday, finishing with four points, three rebounds and two assists.

Budinger did not hit a three or have a steal or block, which just won't do in a low-volume role in standard formats. The Shabazz Muhammad emergence didn't do him any favors, though Muhammad was pretty bad tonight, and in any event he's simply not a must-own guy. When he gets hot, though, he has a late-round ceiling and therefore should be watched from a distance.
Dec 27 - 4:16 AM

Mo Williams hit just 1-of-9 shots for two points but handed out 13 assists to go with five rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday.

If it's not one thing it's another these days for Williams, who can't stay healthy or put together consistent outings. Ricky Rubio played 0-on-5 and should be back in the next few weeks, so there is a small window for Williams to be productive in but he should be viewed as a desperation option at best.
Dec 27 - 4:14 AM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) did some 5-on-0 work at shootaround Friday.

He's getting closer and it would appear contact is just around the corner. Rubio has been out since Nov. 7 with his severe ankle sprain and the Wolves have been forced to play Zach LaVine a little more than they planned. If you're looking to stash Rubio in a shallow league, now is probably the time.
Dec 26 - 7:38 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Nuggets.

Rubio isn't likely to return until January, and while he's sidelined Zach LaVine and Mo Williams will continue to split minutes at the point guard position.
Dec 26 - 10:28 AM

Thaddeus Young scored 13 points on Tuesday, with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks, but he shot just 6-of-18 from the field in 32 minutes.

Young's fantasy value has plummeted in Minnesota. On a year-to-year basis he's lagging in points (-3.8), 3-pointers (-0.8), FT percentage (-16 percent), rebounds (-1.6), and pretty much everything else. He can't get much worse than he's been through the Wolves' first 27 games, and has enough upside that his owners should strive to remain patient as he finds his sweet spot with a new team.
Dec 23 - 11:00 PM

Wolves guard Troy Daniels didn't leave the bench until the final five minutes of Tuesday's loss in Cleveland.

Daniels hopes to be unleashed as a perimeter scorer in Minnesota, but for now Flip Saunders is content to bench him in favor of guys like Zach LaVine, Mo Williams and Chase Budinger. Daniels should eventually emerge with a reserve role, but he'll be too limited for use outside of the deepest leagues.
Dec 23 - 10:59 PM

Gorgui Dieng's impressive run as a starter continued on Tuesday with 20 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs, to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks.

Dieng has solidified himself as a key part of the Wolves' future and owners must view him as a stable season-long asset, regardless of Nikola Pekovic's eventual return from wrist and ankle injuries. He's returning top-60 fantasy value in a mere 27.7 minutes per game this season, giving him tantalizing upside if his role ever increases.
Dec 23 - 10:59 PM

Andrew Wiggins erupted vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday, making 9-of-16 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs to finish with 27 points, two rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.

He hit three 3-pointers and chipped in one steal and one block, looking infinitely more confident than he had while averaging 6.3 points over Minnesota's previous three games. Flip Saunders recently challenged Wiggins to be more aggressive and consistent, so this was a nice step in that direction. Although he's been a liability in 14-team leagues so far, the rookie's upside should become more apparent as the season progresses.
Dec 23 - 10:58 PM

Zach LaVine started at PG ahead of Mo Williams again on Tuesday, finishing with six points, six assists, four steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

LaVine has an atrocious Player Efficiency Rating of 8.5, with an assist rate (21.1 percent) nearly as high as his turnover rate (19.8 percent). He's had a few nice games but is nowhere near being a reliable fantasy asset, and whatever value he might still have will be crushed by the return of Ricky Rubio (ankle) in January.
Dec 23 - 10:57 PM

Mo Williams (personal) played 22 minutes off Minnesota's bench on Tuesday, finishing with six points, seven dimes, one steal and one block.

The veteran PG is still bothered by a recent back injury, though at the moment he doesn't seem likely to sit out vs. the Nuggets on Friday. Whether or not he reclaims the starting PG job, Mo is worth a long look until Ricky Rubio (ankle) returns to action.
Dec 23 - 10:57 PM

Mo Williams was not at practice due to a personal matter and will rejoin the team in Cleveland on Tuesday.

It doesn't sound like he's going to miss the game. Williams bounced back in a big way on Sunday with 24 points in 32 minutes, so apparently the Wolves didn't learn their lesson last time. He is a risky, short-term player to own in standard leagues.
Dec 22 - 4:31 PM

Troy Daniels said he is hoping to " get the green light" from the Wolves to shoot.

"I’m a shooter, so I have to do what I do, what got me here. Shoot the ball," Daniels said. "There will be a lot more threes. I can tell you that." The Wolves are dead last in triples, so they could use a guy like Daniels. Of course, he didn't score in his debut on Sunday, so he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. Coach Flip Saunders also mentioned Daniels won't get much playing time early on.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 3:23 PM


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