Maybe you didn’t realize you haven’t heard any news about Shabazz Muhammad in a bit. That may be because he has been spending a little time in the D-League.
Shabazz Muhammad was back at Wolves practice on Monday, one day removed from his fourth and final game with the Iowa Energy during his D-League assignment. And he was working. Working so hard, in fact, that Wolves public relations manager Aaron Seehusen had to stop Muhammad in the middle of his interview, give him a towel and have him wipe the sweat off his face.
If there’s one message you’ve got to take away from Muhammad’s stint in the D-League and subsequent return, it’s that he’s working hard and making the most of his opportunities.
He was sent to the Energy to accrue playing time, work on his conditioning and gain confidence that he can play well at the professional level. He did that and more, averaging 24.8 points on 57.1 percent shooting along with 9.8 boards per game—all while helping Iowa to a 3-1 record during his stint.
“It felt great—it felt a little like college and high school, so that was a good thing,” Muhammad said about the gaining the minutes he’s been so accustomed to during his career. “But like I said, it gave me a lot of confidence coming into practice today. And like I said, I believe I can really help this team out when I get the opportunity. But like I said, I’m going to do what I can and wait my turn.”
Muhammad hasn’t gotten those minutes during his first two months at the NBA level, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t kept improving his game. He’s maintained praise from coach Rick Adelman for how he’s worked in practice and put up shots afterwards, and one thing he’s done since joining the Wolves this offseason is showcased a more balanced arsenal of skills.
Mark Remme reporting at the Wolves team page.