He was one of the last players signed this offseason for the Wolves, but as we near the regular season, Shabazz Muhammad has been one of the most impressive.
In his first preseason games, Muhammad has averaged 13.7 points and four rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. Heâ€™s seen time at shooting guard and both forward spots.
â€œHe came back in great shape,â€� Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after Thursdayâ€™s practice. â€œThe versatility is a big plus. The fact that he can play the 2, 3 or 4 . . . I like the way heâ€™s playing. Heâ€™s practiced great every day. He hasnâ€™t had an off practice yet.â€�
Muhammad is indeed in great shape. He entered the season at 218 pounds after playing last season in the 230s. And the weight Muhammad lost seems to be fat, not muscle, enabling him to still bang with the bigs down low.
â€œItâ€™s felt great,â€� Muhammad said of his weight loss. â€œIâ€™ve been able to run up and down the court pretty fast. Especially trying to play multiple positions, coach has been talking to me a lot of playing the 4. I think thatâ€™s an advantage for me. The good thing with being lean is Iâ€™m still strong and Iâ€™ve still got that body type where I can still guard bigger guys so I think itâ€™s a good advantage for me.â€�
Last season, Muhammad averaged 9.9 points per game while shooting 33.8 percent from the 3-point line. Along with Gorgui Dieng and Jamal Crawford, Muhammad should lead a pretty lethal group off the bench.
Marcus Georges-Hunt Hoping For A Roster Spot
Guard Marcus Georges-Hunt is one of the young players, along with Amile Jefferson and Melo Trimble hoping to earn a roster spot on this Wolves squad.
Georges-Hunt, 23, spent five games with the Magic last season on a 10-day contract to end the season. This time heâ€™s looking to start the season on a team, preferably the team heâ€™s been with in camp and preseason.
â€œI feel like itâ€™s a great young team,â€� Georges-Hunt said. I know they want to win now. I want to win, too. So, I feel like just give it all I got and leave everything on the floor and everything will take care of itself.â€�
The Wolves will practice earlier tomorrow, before having a bit of a team scrimmage later in the day.