VOTW – Shabazz Muhammad

As you are well aware by now, the Pups took Shabazz Muhammad with the 14th pick in Thursday night’s draft.  I went scouring YouTube to find a short video of highlights from his season at UCLA.  However, I didn’t necessarily find one that I liked.  The reason?  I watched several 1-2 minute long reels and they didn’t have a single assist or defensive highlight in them and that is what I am looking for from Shabazz in order to win me over.  He’s going to have to do those things to win Coach Adelman over and earn his PT.

So I decided to go with Draft Express’ scouting report for our latest VOTW.  While this is quite lengthy, I thought this told the complete story.  Opening up with Muhammad’s measurements from the combine and his stats from his one year at UCLA, you can see that the package is pretty much there.  He has very good size and had good averages in the scoring and rebounding departments.

Draft Express then goes through Muhammad’s strengths and weaknesses.  The 6’11 wingspan will certainly be an asset and leads me to believe that he can play both the SG and SF positions in the NBA.  At the very least, he can play spot minutes at SF depending on match-ups.  Shabazz’s ability to get to the FT line will be needed in Minnesota, as that has continued to be a problem from their guard play over the past few seasons.

Shabazz’s weaknesses are listed as: creating offense, finishing ability, defensive impact, and red flags.  He’ll need to work on his right hand, and as mentioned earlier, will have to share the ball and play defense within Adelman’s system to even see the floor.  I’m not going to pretend to be a judge of his character, but this article from Jon Krawczynski made me feel a lot better about this being an issue.

While there is certainly areas of improvement, this may just work out for the Wolves and you might be able to look back at this year’s draft and say that the team got a steal at #14.  Only time will tell.