3. Leonard Miller
One of the newest additions to the Timberwolves’ roster, Leonard Miller is a first-round level talent that Minnesota was able to snag in the second round of the 2023 draft after their trade with San Antonio. While it may seem like more of a long shot for him to get meaningful minutes as a rookie, he should have a better shot than either of Minnesota’s 2022 draftees.
While it will be hard for any young player to come in and replace the hard-nosed defense and shooting prowess that Taurean Prince provided, Leonard Miller could provide surprisingly good minutes in spurts. His experience playing as a professional with the G League Ignite last season will be a huge boost as he adjusts to life in the association.
Getting the experience of playing against pros as a teenager last year will make Miller ready for the pressure of NBA games quicker than most. In addition, his defensive skillset is similar to that of Josh Minott’s, as he has quick feet and can effectively guard multiple positions.
All this will make him a sneaky candidate to get on the floor for the Timberwolves quicker than many would expect. Do not be surprised to see Leonard Miller as a full-time rotation player by season’s end in Minnesota.