Leonard Miller – Forward (Pick #33 – 2023 NBA Draft):
Game 2 Stats: 31 mins | 20 pts | 50.0 3P% | 5 rebs | 2 ast | 3 stl
The Timberwolves just might have found something in their 33rd pick this year. 6-foot-10 Leonard Miller was everywhere on both ends of the court, again. Miller looked like a player just scratching the surface. What stood out to me about Miller’s game is his awareness on the court.
He simply does things that don’t show up on the box score, and flat-out hustles on every play. On one particular play in transition, Miller sprinted down the court after a defensive rebound, drawing the defense to the rim which left his teammate wide open for a three-point attempt. It was a play that was purely created by the hustle of Miller.
Miller’s ability to pass is beyond anything I had anticipated. He is simply aware of defensive coverages and rarely missed a cutting teammate. It doesn’t end there though, Miller flashed the ability to post up on larger defenders and use his quickness, handle, and footwork to go right around opponents.
Miller makes Timberwolves better
He can finish through contact, and forces respect from the defense with a beautiful shooting touch highlighted by a fadeaway midrange shot out of the post in the first quarter.
Miller has legitimate potential. My only concern is his leg kick in his shooting motion. I do not currently buy his range translating as a rookie, though his shooting touch suggests that the potential is absolutely there. While this is simply summer league, Miller has displayed a professionalism and limitless skillset that suggests Timberwolves fans may not have to wait long to see #33 on the Target Center hardwood.
Grade – A-
Wendell Moore Jr. – Guard (Pick #26 – 2022 NBA Draft):
DNP – Knee soreness