NBA Rumors: Timberwolves 2nd Summer League signing is a big deal

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When it comes to assembling the 2023 Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League team roster, there is not a great deal of time to ponder who and how each player might fit.   The team has reportedly already signed one player up for the team: George Washington University point guard Brendan Adams.  So this team has one player in the backcourt.  Now what about the frontcourt?

That seems to have been addressed, initially, by our bit of Timberwolves Summer League roster news. We now have an NBA Rumor of a reported second signing by the Timberwolves, this time it is Cairns Taipans center Sam Waardenburg:

So what can we tell you about him? Well, for starters, we know that Sam Waardenburg is a 6-foot-10 225-pound center who played for the University of Miami for four seasons. But, why not just show you some video highlights to start:

He has the ability to sink a shot from almost anywhere on the basketball court, a quality that the Timberwolves love to find and develop in their big men.  With the ability to stretch the floor, Waardenburg brings some versatility to the roster in an ability to play in the paint or to slide out to the perimeter as a stretch-4.

He has the ability to play well enough at all critical skill sets to have a real shot at an NBA contract. He will simply need to develop quickly at one quality quickly enough to catch the Timberwolves coaching staff’s attention. So who do we have so far?

2023 Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League roster (as of June 24, 2023, at 9:00 am)

  • Name                            Position     Stats (per game)
  1. Brendan Adams          PG               25.0 M | 8.45 P | 31.3 3P% | 2.74 R | 1.67 A | 0.53 S | 0.11 B
  2. Sam Waardenburg     C                  25.5 M | 6.03 P | 36.9 3P% | 4.25 R | 1.35 A | 0.65 S | 0.85 B

Just like Brendan Adams, we have provided you with Sam Waardenburg’s collegiate average stat line. But Waardenburg was a far better basketball player in his final season with Miami. He shot 41.8 percent from the perimeter, distributed the ball for 2.14 assists, and even got big to record 1.34 blocks.

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The Timberwolves are off to a solid start for their summer league roster. Who’s next? Stay tuned . . .