Shabazz Muhammad is having the best season of his career.
But the Timberwolves wing will be out for a while.
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The 5-31 Timberwolves aren’t going anywhere in the Western Conference, anyway. With or without Muhammad, they can challenge the Knicks and 76ers for the No. 1 seed in the lottery.
Muhammad’s absence should mean an even larger offensive role for Andrew Wiggins. Chase Budinger, who replaced Muhammad in the starting lineup in Minnesota’s last game, doesn’t use nearly as many possessions when on the court as Muhammad.
This is an exciting time for Wiggins. The No. 1 pick has averaged 21 points while shooting 49 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-pointers in his last 10 games. He’s really coming into his own after a rough start to the season.
This could be a setback for Muhammad’s development, but it also could be an opportunity for Andrew Wiggins to accelerate his.