2023 NBA Draft: Timberwolves focus on a trio of rookies

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Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Draft Timberwolves Roster D'Moi Hodge
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Tiger by the tale

If you want to add a talented young guard to the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, then Missouri Tigers combination guard D’Moi Hodge could be a solid choice. He stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 180 pounds, so he arrives with a nice height but perhaps needs time in the gym to muscle up a bit more for the physicality of the NBA.

If you like the Timberwolves’ core rotation and believe that perimeter shooting is the one area that is sorely lacking, then Hodge is a fine solution. Like so many young men who hope to have a long-lasting NBA career, D’Moi Hodge has emphasized scoring and shooting accuracy throughout his NCAA basketball career.

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If you like perimeter shooting, D’Moi Hodges‘ 40 percent shooting from the perimeter will catch the attention of even his harshest critics. While he arrives as a shooting guard, he has the right attributes to flex into a combination point guard and or shooting guard at the NBA level.

As a shooting guard, he has the ability to play and create without the basketball. And when the ball is in his hands, he can dribble and drive to the basket as well as sink those long-range artillery shots.

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Perhaps the most intriguing element of D’Moi Hodge to the Timberwolves, or any young shooting guard for that matter, is to see how they adapt their game to emulate and complement that of Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards. After all, Edwards will be the pace car for the entire chapter of their NBA career with the Timberwolves. Do they tackle a larger point guard role? Do they master the trey?  All fun elements that can make a huge difference down the road.