NBA Draft pick #14 - Utah Jazz

Utah takes Shabazz Muhammad with at No. 14, reportedly ships him to Minnesota

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

The Utah Jazz have selected Shabazz Muhammad with the 14th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft and will reportedly send him to Minnesota

Mar 22, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Rodney Williams (33) attmepts to block a shot by UCLA Bruins guard Shabazz Muhammad (15) in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Frank Erwin Center. Minnesota beat UCLA 83-63. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY SportsMinnesota was a sexy pick to make a run at the 8th seed last year before some bad injury luck and they'll likely be a sexy pick again this year.  So this may have be their last chance to grab a lottery talent for a few years.  And the fact that this draft supposedly has some NBA ready talent, even if it isn't elite talent, is exactly what Minnesota needs.

Love, Pekovic and Rubio make up a solid core and improving the complementary pieces will go a long way toward giving Rubio the weapons he needs to be fully effective as a pass-first point guard.  Muhammad is a player that will focus almost entirely on scoring, which should fit nicely with Rubio.

The 2012-13 Wolves went 34-48, finished 15th in points per game allowed, and scored the 20th most points per game.  The lack of offensive production was unusual for a Rick Adelman team, but that will likely improve with the selection of Muhammah, who is tough, strong and can shoot from the outside.

Love's return will help raise the league's worst 3P% team, and Muhammad should help too.

GM David Kahn, who is notorious for his record at the NBA Draft, was let go last month.  This is the T-Wolves first opportunity to help Wolves fans forget about taking Johnny Flynn over Steph Curry and various other draft-day shenanigans in recent years.

Muhammad does have some baggage attached to him, but his offensive skills will hopefully silence any of his critics.
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