Wendell Moore Jr. – Guard (Pick #26 – 2022 NBA Draft):
Wendell Moore Jr. enters the summer league with perhaps the most to prove. While he showed chops as a defender last year, he looked hesitant and timid on the offensive end of the floor.
Following the signature of Wolves guard Nickiel Alexander-Walker, Moore Jr. appears to be roadblocked to playing time. If he can show decisiveness, and the plus 3 ball he displayed in college (shot % from deep at Duke), he can establish himself as a player to watch going into training camp.
Game 1 Observations: 15pts | 6a | 4rb | +11
Moore Jr. did not get off to the best start. While he was outstanding defensively on and off the ball, the defense has never been a question in Moore’s game. He displayed some of the same hesitancy offensively, and his inability to create separation against fringe NBA talent is a concern.
As the game went on, Wendell settled into his role and displayed high basketball IQ and his shot began to fall. Moore Jr. may not have the highest potential, but he’s an outstanding defender and had a great shot in college. If he can get that shot to translate to the NBA combined with his defense, he’ll have a spot in the league for years to come.