Minnesota Timberwolves: Mickael Gelabale Must be Used More

By Ryan Heckman
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this year, Minnesota Timberwolves newly signed forward Mickael Gelabale had been performing well in limited minutes off the bench. Due to some injuries for the Wolves this year, they were forced to sign an extra body in January. They decided to give Gelabale a shot after having not played in the NBA the last three seasons.

For a while, Gelabale performed far beyond expectations for Minnesota and had been averaging career highs in most categories. Because of an injury to starting forward Andrei Kirilenko, more minutes were added to Gelabale’s plate. Gelabale handled it like a veteran and shot the ball well, giving the Wolves a great boost offensively off the bench.

Since Kirilenko has returned, Gelabale’s playing time has been nonexistent. In the past nine games, he has appeared in just four of them playing seven minutes or less in each contest.

As a fan, it’s kind of tough to see Gelabale get so little time, if any. He had performed very well for Minnesota and showed no reason why head coach Rick Adelman couldn’t use him in the lineup even at the two guard.

Let’s face it, J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour haven’t been spectacular this year switching in and out of the two guard role. Most nights I find myself screaming at the television begging the question, “Why would you do that?!”

The two guards have had their moments of success, of course. However, if Gelabale has been so successful, why not try him out at the shooting guard? Even if he still comes off the bench, he can help this team.

At this point in the season when there’s really nothing left to play for other than pride, why wouldn’t you try something like that and see what happens? I think he deserves a shot and hasn’t done anything to diminish his value to the Timberwolves. If the Wolves don’t want to use him, sooner or later another team will.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NBA contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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