Coming into this season, Mickael Gelabale had not played in the NBA for four years. He had his share of stints on international teams, but after tearing his ACL in his sophomore year as a pro, he has not made a roster since. After being signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves in mid January, he has taken full advantage of this new chapter in his career.
Last night against the Denver Nuggets, Gelabale scored a career-high 19 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a steal. He also managed to knock down both attempts from long distance. The most impressive stat? He shot 80 percent from the field overall and 100 percent from the charity stripe. Coach Rick Adelman gave Gelabale his most minutes (31) since playing 36 minutes Feb. 10 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Tonight in a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Gelabale scored 13 points on 60 percent shooting and tossed in three rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal while playing 28 minutes. In both games, Gelabale turned the ball over a grand total of zero times. In fact, this season he has turned the ball over 0.7 times in just over 21 minutes per game. Not only is this an incredibly low turnover ratio, it also happens to be the lowest out of any of the small forwards on the Wolves roster this season. Combine his ability to protect the ball with his astounding shooting percentage of 53 percent on the season, and the Wolves may have found one of their key “glue” players to hold onto.
There’s no telling what will happen over the summer, but hanging onto Gelabale may be a viable option for David Kahn. He has shown his coaches and teammates that he is excited to be back in the pros. If there are any significant moves made this summer (which is bound to happen when referring to a team managed by a guy with the last name Kahn) I would hope, for the sake of Wolves fans, that one of them is re-signing this guy to help push toward a playoff run in 2014.