Shabazz Muhammad notches double-double in another solid D-League start
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Shabazz Muhammad is having no problem adjusting to the NBA D-League.
Sent to the D-League Sunday for a stint with the Iowa Energy, the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward has impressed in his first two games.
After cruising to a game-high 24 points in his debut on Tuesday, Muhammad followed up with a 22 point, 11-rebound double-double in the Energy's 143-132 victory (defense optional) Thursday afternoon at the Reno D-League Showcase.
Muhammad, the Wolves' top pick in the 2014 draft, put up his solid stat line in 23 minutes, four fewer than he saw in his first game. The bulk of Muhammad's impact was felt in the first half, holding a team-leading 16 points and seven rebounds after two quarters. He ended up shooting 6-of-11 from the floor, frequently getting himself to the free throw line, where he converted on 10 of his 11 attempts.
Like he was in his first game with Iowa, Muhammad was active on the offensive glass with four rebounds.
When Muhammad will be seen again on the Wolves' bench remains up in the air, but his run in the D-League is expected to be short.
The Energy head to Fort Wayne, Ind. for a game on Saturday before returning Sunday to Des Moines, where Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders is expected to be in attendance to watch Muhammad in a game against Rio Grande Valley.