Will Minnesota Timberwolves Draft Shabazz Muhammad If He Is Best Player Available?

By Michael Terrill
Will Minnesota Timberwolves Draft Shabazz Muhammad If He Is Best Player Available
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The Minnesota Timberwolves desperately need a shooting guard, which is what the organization is looking at selecting with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. In fact, there is a good chance the Timberwolves will pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope if he is available. With that being said, Minnesota also believes that it might be more important to draft the best player left on the board, regardless of the position he plays.

“If you think somebody has a chance to be a really, really good player in this league for a long time, even if it’s not one of your needs,” president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told Fox Sports North, “then you have to go that way and then you have to re-form your roster a little bit.”

The Timberwolves are very intrigued by small forward Shabazz Muhammad’s talent, and they believe he could very well be one of the more underrated players in the entire draft class. Most mock drafts have him going in the mid-first round, but Minnesota thinks he could do better than that.

“He’s a natural scorer,” Saunders said, according to Fox Sports North. “He’s gonna find a way. He’s gonna score. You can put him in the gym with whoever’s playing, he’s gonna find a way to get 14, 15 points somehow. That’s just what he does. It might not be the prettiest way he does it, but he’s gonna find a way. And … that’s a given talent.”

There are some doubts with Muhammad, mostly because of his numerous acts of selfishness. However, the Timberwolves believe that could all change once he reaches the professional level.

“I have a great attitude,” said Muhammad, according to Fox Sports North. “I love playing with guys, and that’s one thing that (prospective NBA coaches) have been saying is that they don’t see a bad attitude. But that’s one thing I’ve been really trying to fix.

“I’m a guy that wants to play and wants to win, and that’s it.”

The fact that Muhammad is a legitimate scorer and outside threat gives Minnesota every reason to believe his attitude can change. The last thing the organization needs is to have a hunch that he will be great and then not act on it.

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