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Updated: January 7th, 2014 5:13pm
Video: Shabazz Muhammad throws down in D-League debut

Video: Shabazz Muhammad throws down in D-League debut

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Timberwolves sent rookie Shabazz Muhammad to the NBA D-League to get consistent minutes and the luxury of in-game experience he hasn't had watching from the bench.

Muhammad is only one game into his stint with the Iowa Energy, but the Wolves' top draft pick (14th overall in 2013) looks like he's geared to make the most of his stay.

Muhammad left a mark in his D-League debut on Tuesday, rolling to a game-high 24 points (9-of-13) in the Energy's 133-121 victory over Bakersfield in the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev.

It's no secret Muhammad has a level of flash to his game when he gets an opening. The sparse crowd in Reno got to see a little glimpse of it. Chicago Bulls 2012 first round pick Marquis Teague flicked up a second quarter pass up to Muhammad, who elevated for a thunderous two-handed dunk.

The Wolves want Muhammad to get plenty of playing time, and he got it Tuesday. Muhammad logged 25 minutes -- more than half his season total with Minnesota (42).

Showing solid energy on both ends of the court, Muhammad added a team-leading seven rebounds (four offensive boards) and two assists to his final stat line. Twelve of Muhammad's points came in the third quarter to help Iowa carry a nine-point lead into the final frame.

Muhammad and the Energy are back at it in Reno on Thursday against Springfield (5:30 p.m.)

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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