3 reasons why Timberwolves rookie Jaylen Clark is worth the wait

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Reason III: He has a #DAWG mindset

If you want to build a winning team, add players who have a winning attitude. It sounds so easy to do, and yet the impact of having that #DAWG mindset on the roster is more than just lip service. So what exactly is a #DAWG mindset? It’s an anacronym made up of the first letters of words that define a winner in competitive sports:

  • D – Discipline: Strict training that strengthens moral character
  • A – Attitude: Personal views that are reflected in action
  • W – Work Ethic: Belief that hard work leads to virtuous rewards
  • G – Grit: Unyielding courage in the face of adversity, danger, or hardship

It’s a set of principles that requires a strong belief in delayed gratification. Values that hard work and training today lead to better things tomorrow. When you can find that type of player, one who has the ability to change the outcome of the game by sheer force of will, you do whatever it takes to add that player to the roster.

Jaylen Clark is no victim

Jaylen Clark will never complain about the Timberwolves holding him back. That is huge because it cuts to the very soul of Clark, and what makes him such a special addition to the Timberwolves team.

If you add players who work hard, you create a winning culture that spreads and infects everyone. After all, the very nature of competitiveness is to constantly be in the position of improving, whether to be a better version of oneself or simply to be the best on the team or even the best in the sport.

Clark is not the type of player who will lick his wounds. He won’t be a player who, if things do not work out with the Timberwolves, will blame the Wolves for holding him back.