Shabazz Muhammad relatively quiet in Timberwolves, Summer League debut
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Minnesota Timberwolves top draft pick Shabazz Muhammad's pro debut was not much to behold.
Muhammad, a former UCLA product brought in with the No. 14 overall pick, sank a hook shot on the baseline and converted a 3-pointer in the first quarter, but scored only once more the rest of the way, as the Wolves opened their NBA Summer League run Saturday in Las Vegas with an 83-81 loss to the NBA D-League Select team.
Apart from going 3-for-7 from the floor, Muhammad collected one rebound, turned the ball over three times and committed four fouls - the second-most on the team.
Fellow Wolves first round pick Gorgui Dieng had an equally quiet premiere game. The looming 6-foot-11 center impressed when he chased Elijah Millsap down the lane for a skillful block, but he finished with a mediocre four points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Robbie Hummel did his best to prove that he is healthy and equipped to reestablish his reputation. Drafted by the Wolves in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft, Hummel has had his career derailed by knee injuries. But on Saturday he played injury-free, scoring a co-team high 12 points to go with six assists and three steals.
Center Chris Johnson, the only member of the Wolves' 2012-13 squad on the Summer League roster, had a noteworthy team-high 10 rebounds and 11 points.
Second round pick Lorenzo Brown had a solid initial outing for the Wolves off the bench at point guard. He had nine points, two assists and a pair of rebounds.
The Wolves have Sunday off before resuming play Monday with a match-up with the Phoenix Suns (5:30 p.m. CT).