|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Northwest Division||97.8 (4th)||106.5 (5th)|
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Tayshaun Prince will not play in Wednesday's preseason game due to a dental procedure.
It doesn't appear as if the procedure was anything serious, so Prince should be healthy when the regular season rolls around. The 35-year-old is expected to see some playing at small forward, albeit in a reserve role behind Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad .
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin is expected to begin the season coming off the bench, Justin Termine of Sirius XM reports.
Interim coach Sam Mitchell told a radio show Tuesday that Zach LaVine will open the year as the starting two-guard, which means Martin is set to come off the bench, given Andrew Wiggins ' status as the starting small forward.
The 32-year-old Martin started 36 of the 39 games in which he played last season, but he was bothered by a number of injuries, including a fractured wrist. He's highly unlikely to approach the 33.4 minutes per game he averaged last season, but Martin is still expected to hold down a significant role as the backup shooting guard behind LaVine.
It's too early to speculate exactly what kind of minutes load he'll see, but considering his proficiency as a 3-point shooter (38.5 percent career; 39.3 percent last season) he should still hold decent fantasy value.
Zach LaVine will begin the season as the Minnesota Timberwolves ' starting two-guard, Justin Termine of NBA Today on Sirius XM Radio reports.
Interin Wolves coach Sam Mitchell appeared on Sirius Radio on Tuesday, telling the NBA Today that LaVine will begin the season in the starting lineup. This backs up reports from last week suggesting that LaVine was the favorite to get the starting nod. The second-year guard may be the best pure athlete in the NBA, but he's coming off of a season in which he posted an 11.3 PER, well below the league average of 15.0. The 20-year-old averaged 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 24.7 minutes per game while shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three. He was the beneficiary of injuries to Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin , which provided the opportunity to log 40 starts. With Martin set to play a presumably integral role off the bench, it's unclear whether LaVine will see a significant jump in per-game minutes. That said, LaVine is capable of playing both guard spots, so he'll likely see time at point guard backing up Rubio in certain situations. Last season, 94 percent of LaVine's minutes came at the point guard spot, per Basketball-Reference.
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will not play Wednesday against Oklahoma Sooners City, the AP reports.
Rubio was held out of Monday's scrimmage with a strained quad, and the Timberwolves will keep him sidelined Wednesday as the preseason schedule gets underway. The strain is not considered overly serious, and Rubio as observed doing work on the side at Tuesday's practice.
Guard Ricky Rubio was held out of the Minnesota Timberwolves ' scrimmage Monday due to a strained quad, the Associated Press reports.
It sounds like Rubio's absence from the scrimmage was simply a precautionary measure and that no setbacks to his ankle have occurred. Rubio underwent arthroscopic surgery on his severely sprained left ankle April 13 and has been cleared for 5-on-5 work, but he has said he's still working his way back to full strength.
|2014-15 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Andrew Wiggins , SF||16.9|
|RPG||Gorgui Dieng , C||8.3|
|APG||Zach LaVine , PG||3.6|
|FG%||Andrew Wiggins , SF||43.7|
|FT%||Kevin Martin , SG||88.1|
|BLOCKS||Gorgui Dieng , C||126|
|STEALS||Andrew Wiggins , SF||86|
|MPG||Andrew Wiggins , SF||36.2|
|Full Team Statistics|
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