Nobody works harder than Minnesota Timberwolves C Luka Garza

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NBA Fans may have changed over the years, but one thing is still common among all NBA fans throughout the history of the game. And it’s particularly true for Minnesota Timberwolves fans. Perhaps it is the blue-collar mindset of a region that is still a curious hybrid of advanced industries, clean energy, and agriculture that still places value on perspiration as well as inspiration.

Or it could simply be that in the history of the NBA (est. June 1946), the Minnesota Timberwolves are a bit new to the game (est. 1989).

Whatever the cause, the appreciation of Timberwolves fans of substance and grinding it out over rhetoric and trash-talking is real. And no player on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster is more exemplary of that work ethic than backup center Luka Garza. I mean, when isn’t this young man in the gym working out, perfecting his craft?

Right now, nobody works harder than Minnesota Timberwolves backup center Luka Garza. Better yet, he intends to keep it that way.

Much like the trajectory of backup center Naz Reid, the beginning of Luka Garza’s NBA career has been a tale of starting slowly but rapidly developing into a formidable force that will ultimately land him a standard contract to play on an NBA team, perhaps as soon as this season.

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Garza trains like an NBA Champion

This 24-year-old center and power forward stands 6-foot-11 and weighs 235 pounds. And unlike many bigs, he has the eye of a marksman, scoring on 35.9 percent of his perimeter shots during the 2022-23 NBA season.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Garza’s abilities lies in the fact that he averaged 6.5 points per game on just 8.7 minutes per game. On a standard comparison of 36 minutes, he is projected to be in the realm of 26.8 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game. Those are incredible projections for a young and seldom-used player and even outshine the 36-minute projections of Naz Reid.

The Timberwolves roster may be loaded for the 2023-24 NBA season. But things really heat up when you look at the incredible status of the next wave of young players on the current Timberwolves roster. Unless the team loses its way, the Timberwolves are setting up for a long and successful run.

But you cannot convince Luka Garza of better times around the corner.  He is training today like a young man whose team is facing insurmountable odds. And perhaps that is for the best. After all, nothing is guaranteed in the NBA. I’d sooner have him prepared for any worst-case scenario than to have him approach his workouts in a casual manner.

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Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. And from what we see so far, Timberwolves center Luka Garza is prepared to play the best performance of his NBA career this season