The Minnesota Timberwolves raised some eyebrows the night of the 2013 NBA Draft when they traded away the ninth overall pick in the draft for the 14th and 21st picks in the draft. They turned even more heads when they used the first of the two picks that they received to select much-maligned forward Shabazz Muhammad.
Before playing his lone year in college for UCLA, many people thought that Muhammad could wind up being the number one overall pick in this draft. After questions about his character arose along with his underwhelming, inconsistent and lesser-than-advertised play as a freshman, he started dropping down draft boards pretty quickly.
One of the biggest things that came out that raised questions about Muhammad’s character was the fact that he lied about his age. Reports came out in late March that Shabazz, who had claimed to be a 19-year-old, was actually born in 1992, making him 20 years old heading into the draft.
Now even more questions about his character are coming along, questions that should have the Wolves quite worried. On Thursday of this past week, reports from USA Today that were later confirmed by multiple sources said that Muhammad was sent home from the NBA’s rookie transition program for bringing a female guest back to his room when no guests were permitted without first getting permission.
Muhammad bringing a girl back to his room isn’t a big deal. He’s a grown man who can do whatever he wants in that area of his life. However, the concern here is how he blatantly disregarded the rules. Like I said, he’s a grown man and not a kid. He has to responsibly make decisions within the boundaries that are set for him, with no exceptions.
Muhammad could develop into a solid player in this league. He’s a good enough athlete and a lot of discernible NBA-level skills. However, if he can’t get his head straight, he may never get the chance to fully develop. After this incident, Muhammad will likely get another chance, but after that, he’s probably going to walking a pretty tight rope.