Did Luka Garza just become unstoppable for 2023-24 NBA season?

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have a significant investment in players who can compete at the NBA center position. In fact, the field is getting more crowded all the time. There are All-Star NBA center Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns. There is the recently resigned and talented Naz Reid. Of course, there is also rookie Leonard Miller, whose 6-foot-10 height and skillful ball-handling skills make him an intriguing option.

And then there is the return of center Luka Garza on his second Two-Way contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. But, with so many other talented NBA centers on the Timberwolves roster, what chance does a young man with a passion and penchant for basketball have when figuring out playing time?

To guarantee that he sees time on the court, Garza will need some unique angle, some ‘hook,’ that is available to the team from him alone. But in a sport that has seen it all, is there anything left that is not already copied by dozens of other players?

Can Luka Garza bring this unstoppable shot back to the NBA?

Hook, hmm . . .  Wasn’t there that SkyHook that was made famous by former Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Jabar?

It would be awesome to see the SkyHook back in the arsenal of some NBA big. And that is exactly what Timberwolves center Luka Garza is working to do. The SkyHook is unstoppable.

The challenge with the SkyHook has always been the fact that it needs to be shot from a player who can easily palm the ball, can shoot with either hand, and can play comfortably in and around the paint. It is not an easy shot to get comfortable with. But once added to an NBA player’s arsenal, it is one of the most unstoppable shots in the NBA.

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Did Luka Garza just become unstoppable for the 2023-24 NBA season? Well, he’s certainly upped his game, and a viable SkyHook would be reason enough to get him into the game. The more we learn about what’s in store for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, the more eager I become for that opening tip-off.