Since the start of last season, fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves have had a lot to cheer about. Anthony Edwards has continued to elevate his level of play, and the Wolves have showed that they have the makings of a championship contender when fully healthy.
A lot of players on Minnesota’s roster have been outperforming expectations. But up until recently, one seemed to be falling behind the pack: Jordan McLaughlin. After his above average performance in the 2022 playoffs against the Grizzlies, fans rightfully believed he could see an expanded role with the team.
But in dealing with some injury trouble, McLaughlin had a massively disappointing campaign in 2022-23. He put up a career-low 3.7 points per game and shot just 30% from three-point range. His performance was so dismal that many fans thought he may not be on the Wolves’ roster much longer.
McLaughlin’s roster spot was in jeopardy after last season
Now, it was understandable to have some level of doubt about Jordan McLaughlin’s game last season. At times, he did not look like an NBA player. But in the big picture, a lot of fans may have forgotten about the big heart J-Mac plays with.
The old adage ‘heart over height’ certainly applies to the 5-foot-11 McLaughlin. He took every bit of the challenges he faced last year on the chin and kept moving. As a result, he will be on the team when the 2023-24 season officially tips off.
More than that, he appears to have already taken several steps toward returning to form. His play in preseason has been significantly cleaned up. Against the Knicks, McLaughlin scored eight points and knocked down 2-for-4 from behind the three point arc, while picking up two assists and two steals as well.
He did it all in just nine minutes of action. If McLaughlin can consistently re-create these kinds of performances going forward, he will finally be a meaningful part of the Timberwolves’ rotation once again.