Vanderbilt scored five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 FT) to go with eight rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Timberwolves' 96-88 win over the Spurs. Vanderbilt has recently been part of a three-man committee at center with Ed Davis and Naz Reid, but even with Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) resting for the second half of the back-to-back, head coach Ryan Saunders chose to deploy Vanderbilt at power forward for most of the night. The 21-year-old came through with another solid outing, and with Jake Layman (coach's decision) sitting out the contest, Vanderbilt looks like he may have established himself as Juancho Hernangomez's top backup, at least temporarily. Assuming Towns returns to action in the Wolves' next game Wednesday versus the Grizzlies, Davis or Reid would seem more likely to lose out on a rotation spot than Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt registered 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-7 FT), five rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks across 23 minutes in Tuesday's loss at Denver. Vanderbilt has yet to start a game this season, but he thrived off the bench in this one, posting season-best marks in minutes, points, assists and blocks while tying his season high in steals. The increased playing time might be the most encouraging factor here, as the improved production might lead to Vanderbilt playing even more going forward -- even if he remains in a bench role.
Vanderbilt scored nine points (4-5 FG, 1-2 FT) with six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block across 16 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers. Vanderbilt didn't play in Minnesota's first two contests, but he's played 15 and 16 minutes in each of the last two games when they became blowout losses. He'll likely stay glued to the bench in more competitive games, but Minnesota is desperate for production at power forward. It's not crazy to think he could get a chance at more playing time early in the season.
Vanderbilt did not play due to a coach's decision in Wednesday's win over Detroit. The 41st overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft will provide depth and may not get many minutes off the bench. He saw action in two games for Minnesota last season after coming over in a trade from Denver, while also spending time with the team's G League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves. In seven games for Iowa, Vanderbilt averaged 28.7 minutes per game and held averages of 15.9 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks.
Vanderbilt did not score, missing his only shot attempt, and had five rebounds in 14 minutes in Wednesday's preseason win at Dallas. Vanderbilt had played six and three minutes in the prior two preseason games, so he had a larger look Wednesday. He's likely No. 5 or No. 6 at power forward to begin the season and may not get off the bench many games.
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