The Timberwolves released their Las Vegas Summer League roster on Monday, full of some familiar names and sprinkled with several newbies. Take a look at the roster itself:
As you may remember, a number of these players were on last year’s roster as well – Lorenzo Brown, Brady Heslip, Othyus Jeffers – as they look to catch on with the Timberwolves or another team around the league. That isn’t going to be the focus though for many Pups fans, who will naturally have their eyes on this year’s draft picks, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones. Look for both players to carve out a good amount of PT under Head Coach Ryan Saunders in Las Vegas.
Somewhat conspicuous by their absence, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng, and Shabazz Muhammad will all be in Las Vegas with the team but aren’t expected to play in Summer League, per Timberwolves.com. While it isn’t normally the case for players in their third year or beyond in the NBA to play in Summer League, it was an interesting call-out on the press release that further pushes the #EyesOnTheRise.
The Wolves will play a minimum of five games in the Las Vegas tournament, with the first three already scheduled:
- July 10 vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Thomas & Mack Center, 8:30pm CT
- July 11 vs. Chicago Bulls, Thomas & Mack Center, 5:30pm CT
- July 13 vs. Utah Jazz, Thomas & Mack Center, 9:30pm CT
Similar to last year’s Summer League preview, let’s take a deeper look at a couple players on the roster …
All Eyes On:
Karl-Anthony Towns – naturally. For the first time in team history, the Wolves were able to draft the best player at the top of the draft. Towns has the potential to be a cornerstone for this franchise for the next decade and it all starts later this week in Las Vegas!
Adreian Payne – I still don’t see why expectations are so high for Payne given last season’s results. Can he be a solid contributor? I think so. Is he a 30+ minute player that is going to average a double-double? I don’t think so but there are clearly many fans that have something similar to this in their heads when discussing Payne’s future with the Wolves.
What do you think Wolves’ fans? What are you looking forward to seeing the most when the Pups hit the court in Las Vegas?
Good luck and good health to the Timberwolves over the next few weeks in Summer League play!