Welcome to the 2017-18 version of the Timberpups Tracker. This yr, we’re taking a special tact. With Minnesota having taken over a G League franchise in Iowa, and renaming it the Wolves, every Thursday we’ll both monitor the progress of the gamers who may be of assist to the Timberwolves sooner or later or a present member of the Minnesota roster. We’ll additionally give updates on the opposite younger gamers from the earlier week.
That is the eighth version of the 2017-18 Timberpups Tracker.
SPOTLIGHT ON …
Ahead Amile Jefferson
If again in the summertime you needed to guess a participant Minnesota may signal to a two-method contract, Jefferson would in all probability have been far down the record. If he was even listed.
The 6-foot-eight ahead put up respectable stats at Duke, however nothing eye-popping. In 2016-17 as a fifth-yr senior he averaged 10.9 factors, eight.three rebounds and 1.9 blocks. Jefferson did shoot sixty two.zero % from the sector with the Blue Devils over one hundred fifty video games, however was only a fifty seven.5 % free-throw shooter.
Within the Timberwolves’ camp this previous offseason, Jefferson performed in 5 summer time league video games and didn’t precisely stand out, averaging 2.2 factors and three.6 rebounds with a 28.6 subject-aim proportion. However, he was on Minnesota’s coaching camp roster however acquired into only one preseason recreation, enjoying lower than 5 minutes, lacking his solely shot, grabbing one rebound and turning the ball over twice.
Jefferson was signed to the roster of the Iowa Wolves and fairly merely has taken benefit of the state of affairs. Averaging 34.2 minutes per recreation, Jefferson is averaging 18.2 factors and thirteen.2 rebounds per recreation whereas capturing sixty four.9 % from the sector. He leads the G League in complete rebounds — by two over the subsequent-highest competitor — and defensive rebounds and is eighth in offensive rebounds (three.5).
Utilizing superior stats, Jefferson additionally leads the G League in PIE (Participant Impression Estimate) at 18.eight and ranks third in rebounding proportion (20.7).
Jefferson has been remarkably constant on the boards. He has double-digit rebounds in 19 of 23 video games and his excessive is “solely” 21 (completed twice).
For those who’re considering, nicely, that’s simply the G League, the league’s website supplies NBA projections for gamers based mostly on their stats and Jefferson, if he have been to play on the Timberwolves, would common round 10.5 rebounds per recreation. We’re positive he’d wish to get the prospect to seek out out. As unbelievable as that appeared a couple of months in the past, it simply may be within the playing cards.
— Karl-Anthony Cities had double-doubles in all three Wolves video games final week and has turned that trick in 10 consecutive video games getting into Thursday. Cities leads the NBA with 38 double-doubles; New Orleans’ DeMarcus Cousins, who has performed in two fewer video games, is second with 34.
— Anthony Wiggins hasn’t had a adverse field rating +/- in thirteen straight video games, which is the longest such streak on the Timberwolves.
— Final week at Iowa, Justin Patton had 12 factors and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes in a single recreation and 10 factors, seven assists, 5 rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes within the different. He shot 9 of 15 from the sector within the two contests.
— Ahead Anthony Brown, additionally on a two-means contract, had 22 and sixteen factors in Iowa’s two video games final week.
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