Timberwolves start, bench, cut: Mike Conley, Shake Milton, Jordan McLaughlin

Shake Milton, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Jordan McLaughlin, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan McLaughlin, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /

Cut: Jordan McLaughlin

As beloved as Jordan McLaughlin is by a large portion of the Timberwolves fanbase, he is simply part of a dying breed. Players under 6-foot in the NBA are becoming increasingly rare, and McLaughlin will likely find himself buried on the point guard depth chart this season.

After a 2022-23 season where he missed nearly half the year due to injury, J-Mac was unable to do himself many favors to move up in Finch’s rotation. When he did get on the floor, he was clearly hampered by his injuries and did not play with as much consistency as he was used to.

McLaughlin shot just 42% from the field and 30% from three, both below his career averages. In the playoffs, he barely got on the floor and played just seven minutes per game. This came after he played over 16 minutes per game in the first round against Memphis in 2022.

With the addition of Shake Milton, McLaughlin will undoubtedly have an even more difficult time finding significant minutes in 2024. But even so, J-Mac is a winning player. He knows he does not need to be heavily featured in the offense to make contributions to a playoff contending team.