The Minnesota Timberwolves have to figure out what to do with rookie guard Alexey Shved.
How long do you stick with a player who can’t make a basket?
Everybody has their share of slumps. But with Shved, it’s getting to be downright ridiculous.
Shved was 3-of-10 Friday night in an NBA loss to the New York Knicks and failed to make half of his shots for the 13th straight game. He’s had less than 40 percent in 10 straight games, and in that time, has made just 31 of 102 shots (30.0 percent).
Guess what the Timberwolves’ recent record has been? Try three straight losses and 1-9 in the last 10 games. Not to blame it all on Shved since others get their fair share, but his shooting woes certainly aren’t helping.
Minnesota had Shved on the floor for 26 minutes and that’s probably too much.
He has been averaging 28 minutes a game all season with 10.7 points per outing. His shooting had been better early in the season but this recent slump is something coach Rick Adelman and staff should be addressing.
The key for Shved is to put up a lot of shots because he’s not going to shoot at a perfect clip, obviously no guard is. When he scored 18 points on Jan. 9 at the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was 6-of-16, not a great percentage but he still scored 18. He’s at 37.4 percent from the floor and 31 percent from the 3-point line. If both numbers go up, so could the amount of Timberwolves victories. But right now, Minnesota is in some serious trouble.