The Minnesota Timberwolves are clearly not much for standing on the sidelines and waiting for all the dust to settle. Just hours into the opening of the 2023 NBA Free Agency market, the Timberwolves have resigned wing Nickeil Alexander-Walker, agreed to extend backup PG Jordan McLaughlin, and even found a way to replace recently waived forward Taurean Prince with another defense-centric forward in Troy Brown Jr.
But the Minnesota Timberwolves were just getting their palette primed for the main course. There were more names to be assessed, and more players to talk to and negotiate with over new contract terms. While nobody linked former Philadelphia 76ers combination guard Shake Milton to the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was the second non-Timberwolves player added to the Timberwolves roster.
If you don’t know who Shake Milton is, I can help add to your knowledge base. . .
Philadelphia 76ers drafted Shake Milton in 2018
The Philadelphia 76ers drafted combination guard Shake Milton with the 54th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. If you want a true impact player, your search is over. Shake Milton is an ideal and versatile backcourt addition for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is a young NBA player, with his best production yet to come. And yet, he flashes some serious scoring ability already:
Milton is a motivated defender who can turn on the offense as well. Despite his average PPG of 9.2 points, he has the potential to improve that to 12.0+ PPG in the right usage on the Timberwolves roster. His best season, 2021-22, showcased just how effective he can be. After the 76ers traded for SG James Harden, Shake Milton’s role and production regressed somewhat.
Even as he grew to a point on the 76ers roster and then plateaued. While that may not excite everyone, I can tell you that he is a tough-minded player who can make a difference for the Timberwolves.
Now the question is, will any players currently on the Timberwolves roster benefit from his arrival and play? I think so. In fact, I can think of several Wolves whose season should get a nice boost. Let’s discuss who they are . . .