Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Andrew Wiggins is motivated by Kobe Bryant's recent praise of him.

Kobe said looking at Wiggins was like looking at himself at 19, and Wiggins heard him loud and clear. "When I heard it I was motivated, instantly," he said. "Motivation to my ears. Forces me to grind harder. Approach the game differently. That’s a legend. I witnessed a legendary moment. A legend told me I was a reflection to him, that’s just big words for me." Wiggins was recently criticized for his up-and-down effort level by Flip Saunders, but he was also praised for his willingness to take on defending the other team's best player as a rookie. Wiggins' next step will be consistency between games before finding his killer instinct.
Dec 22 - 1:09 PM

The Timberwolves have been impressed with Shabazz Muhammad's development.

As have fantasy owners. Muhammad has really come on of late, and he's now scored 20-plus points in four straight games. Muhammad has also received at least 15 shots in each of those while playing at least 27.5 minutes, so the opportunity is there for the second-year forward to make his presence felt. He should be owned in all formats.
Dec 22 - 9:35 AM

Mo Williams torched the Pacers for 24 points and 10 assists in Sunday's road loss, making 10-of-16 shots with two 3-pointers, two rebounds and three turnovers.

He did his damage in 32 minutes off the bench and should have a clear path to fantasy value until Ricky Rubio returns from his severely sprained ankle. With Rubio unable to practice and no clear return date in sight, owners should roll with Williams into the New Year.
Dec 21 - 10:35 PM

Troy Daniels was scoreless in his very brief debut for the Timberwolves on Monday.

Daniels made a splash with the Rockets in last year's playoffs but he's had a hard time earning minutes this season, so a trade to Minnesota can only be a good thing. The Wolves' backcourt is banged up enough that Daniels is worth a look in very deep leagues, especially if you're hunting 3-pointers, but he's best-suited to the waiver wire in all other circumstances.
Dec 21 - 10:32 PM

Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points on 8-of-18 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in Sunday's disappointing home loss, marking his ninth consecutive game with double-digit points.

Muhammad's rapid development was a big reason the Wolves traded Corey Brewer, and he's poised for big minutes the rest of the season. He added six rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers in 37 minutes on Sunday.
Dec 21 - 10:32 PM

Zach LaVine's downward trajectory continued on Sunday with nine points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 16 minutes vs. the Pacers.

He started the game but quickly ceded the court to Mo Williams, who finished with a team-high 24 points off the bench. A healthy Williams is enough reason to avoid LaVine, whose outlook should get even bleaker with Ricky Rubio (ankle) targeting a January return.
Dec 21 - 10:31 PM

Anthony Bennett went scoreless with four rebounds in 13 minutes during Sunday's four-point loss to the Pacers.

He's struggling with a painful blister beneath a callus on his foot, and the Wolves might opt to bench him for a while until he recovers. For now he remains an active part of Minnesota's rotation, but his lack of recent production makes him a non-entity in fantasy leagues.
Dec 21 - 10:30 PM


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