Shabazz’s rookie season was coach Rick Adelman’s last, and as such, there wasn’t a ton of time or patience to be found for the mistakes of young players, which isn’t necessarily a knock on Adelman. He was here to squeeze all he could out of a roster that included Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio. Muhammad played just 290 minutes with the Timberwolves, recording more than 15 minutes in a single contest just four times before his season ended on April 5th with a sore knee.
This year, Kevin Love is gone, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio have all dealt with significant injuries, and the shorthanded Wolves have been desperate for a spark on either end of the floor. While Shabazz Muhammad leaves a little to be desired on the defensive side of the ball (as most young players do), his fundamentally sound letter of credit loan post game, energy cutting from the baseline and fearlessness on the offensive glass injects immediate life into the Wolves offensive attack.
So what does his all-around offensive game look like? What does he do well, yes loan and how can he improve?