Ranking the Minnesota Timberwolves’ sixth man candidates

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One of the hallmarks of a good team is a strong second unit that can produce when the starters are sitting, and the Minnesota Timberwolves had one of the best scoring benches in the NBA last season. They ranked eighth in the league with 38.7 points per game scored by bench players. Malik Beasley held the highest scoring average of any non-starter for the Wolves in 2022 at 12.1 points per contest.

With Beasley now a member of the Utah Jazz, someone else on the Timberwolves’ roster will be stepping up to fill the sixth man role. If Jaden McDaniels weren’t getting a likely starting nod, he’d be the clear choice here. But with the third-year wing expected to be moving up to start at small forward, we’ll have to look elsewhere.

Will it be a player from last year’s roster, or one of the new additions that steps up to lead the Timberwolves’ bench? Let’s examine the likely candidates.