5 Key improvements for the Timberwolves' starters in the second half of the season

A deep dive into how each starter can take their game to the next level

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Jaden McDaniels

Franz Wagner, Jaden McDaniels
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Rebounding

Jaden McDaniels has never been known for his rebounding prowess. However, with his length and generally high motor, he should be putting himself in a better position to secure the boards. His rebounding numbers are down this year across the board.

Season

Offensive Rebounds Per Game

Defensive Rebounds Per Game

Total Rebounds Per Game

20-21

0.8

2.9

3.7

21-22

1.1

3.1

4.2

22-23

1.2

2.7

3.9

23-24

0.8

1.9

2.7

On a per-36-minute basis, the fourth-year forward is averaging a measly 3.3 rebounds per game. In fewer minutes in years prior, McDaniels averaged more rebounds per game.

Of 118 players taller than 6-foot-7 to average at least 20 minutes per contest, McDaniels ranks 111th. His lack of rebounding is concerning, especially for a player of his size and athleticism.

The Timberwolves are 26th in Offensive Rebounds per game at 9.3. While much of this is a tactical choice by Chris Finch to limit opponents' transition opportunities, McDaniels still has the potential to be more opportunistic on the glass. Increasing offensive rebounds is one way to bolster an offense that for much of the year has been inconsistent at best.