The Minnesota Timberwolves have one of the most exciting collections of young players on an NBA roster. Every Thursday, FOX Sports North tracks the progress of those on the Timberwolves who are in their first or second season in the league.
This is the 10th edition of the 2015-16 Timberpups Tracker, covering Jan. 15-20.
PER — Player Efficiency Rating: A measure of per-minute production standardized such that the league average is 15.
TS% — True Shooting Percentage: A measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals, and free throws.
USG% — Usage Percentage: An estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while he was on the floor.
ORtg — Offensive Rating: An estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
DRtg — Defensive Rating: An estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
VORP — Value over Replacement Player: A box score estimate of the points per 100 TEAM possessions that a player contributed above a replacement-level (-2.0) player, translated to an average team and prorated to an 82-game season.
Notable: Wiggins was the Wolves’ top offensive threat again this week, pouring in 20.9 points per game after logging 25 points against Oklahoma City on Sunday. His 3-point shooting was way, way down this week, as he was 0-6 through three games before hitting one of his two attempted triples in a loss to Dallas on Wednesday.
Notable: LaVine’s resurgence hit a snag this week, as he followed up solid outings against Phoenix and Oklahoma City with a pair of disappointing showings against New Orleans and Dallas. LaVine picked up just eight total points in two games during the back half of The Wolves’ four-game swing, despite shooting at a reasonable clip.
Notable: Payne’s playing time was down, as he sat for losses to the Thunder and the Mavericks, and was on the court for just 10 minutes through four games. Payne was productive off the bench against New Orleans, picking up six points through just under seven minutes.
Notable: Bjelica struggled from the field through four games, going just 6-for-18 despite an uptick in playing time. He’s been the Timberwolves’ second-best assist man in recent days however, picking up four against Dallas and another three against the Suns.