Minnesota Timberwolves season grades: Jordan McLaughlin

Jordan McLaughlin of the Minnesota Timberwolves remains unsigned. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Jordan McLaughlin of the Minnesota Timberwolves remains unsigned. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Timberwolves had various young players that got extended run time due to the volume of injuries/COVID-related issues that the team had. Jordan McLaughlin was one of the players that benefited the most.

Jordan McLaughlin just completed his second full season on a two-way contract, appearing in 51 games, averaging almost 20 minutes per game in those appearances. He provided a steady, two-way impact and almost certainly deserves to have a full-time NBA contract next season.

Minnesota Timberwolves season grades: Jordan McLaughlin

Jordan McLaughlin’s statistics, as a second-year player, took a slight hit as he got less run-time and was utilized less than in his rookie season due to the acquisitions of both Ricky Rubio and D’Angelo Russell.

That said, he still averaged 5.0 points and 3.8 assists to only 1.0 turnovers per game. His splits are still good compared to most young guards, averaging 41/36/77 on low volume.

McLaughlin, as stated, was perhaps the best backcourt defender for the Timberwolves this season – even at a shorter 5-foot-11, giving effort on both ends constantly.

It was somewhat surprising when no team signed Jordan McLaughlin to a contract last offseason – and he ended up setline in Minnesota for another season on a two-way deal.

Entering his third season, it would, once again, be interesting if he wasn’t signed (by ANY franchise). McLaughlin can come in as a spot starter or provide steady minutes as a backup. He was consistent throughout the season, and did not have any real stretch of games that he was particularly poor.

As a free agent this year, it is unlikely he will be back in Minnesota – especially with the team’s current salary cap restrictions. That said, there are a couple landing spots that would make a lot of sense, for instance, the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards have a need for any and all bench depth, as their backcourt currently is lead by Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal. McLaughlin could supplement the minutes when either of those players aren’t on the floor – getting 20-some minutes a game.

Jordan McLaughlin season grade: B

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McLaughlin is a promising player – who, at age 25 – should still be young enough to find a long-term home in the NBA. He never disappointed in his minutes, even when more was asked of him.