You don’t have to be a star, Naz Reid, to be in Wolves show

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There have been some discussions about the Minnesota Timberwolves and negotiations to extend backup center, Naz Reid. It’s been tough sledding so far.  On a completely healthy Timberwolves roster, Naz Reid is third on a depth chart that features NBA All-Star center Rudy Gobert as the starter, and NBA All-Star power forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns as the primary backup.

So how much does an NBA team pay for the third string? In this case, the price continues to inflate.

Right now, both Gobert and Towns are on the bench as they are nursing injuries. That has placed Naz Reid into the prominent starting center role for the Timberwolves for the past several games.

Reid may be the third guy on the Minnesota Timberwolves depth chart, but recently he has proven to be one of the best guys on the basketball court. And that is saying something because the Timberwolves Roster still boasts plenty of star power despite the injuries.

Naz Reid seizing his moment in the spotlight

In the past two games, Naz Reid had averaged 19 pts / 6 rebs / 1.5 asts / 2.0 stls. But against the Dallas Mavericks, a team that the Minnesota Timberwolves were the clear home underdog against, Reid has exploded into the spotlight.  By the time this one was over, he had amassed:
27 pts / 13 rebs / 1 ast / 2 stls / 1 blk.

The Timberwolves stood up and defeated the Dallas Mavericks in a game where they were not expected to even put up much of a fight. But this is a very motivated team and the fact that they are without four of their key contributors, and two of their All-Star frontcourt starters, has not slowed down this team whatsoever.

In fact, the Timberwolves are enjoying a three-game winning streak, their second winning streak of three or more games this season.  And with this contest in the books, the Minnesota Timberwolves have returned to a game over .500.

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