The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the club has recalled rookie guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
Muhammad appeared in four games for the Energy, leading Iowa to a 3-1 record while averaging 24.5 points, on 57.1 percent shooting, and 9.8 rebounds per game. He recorded two double-doubles during the stint, including scoring 26 points and hauling in a game-high 12 rebounds vs. Fort Wayne on Jan. 11.
Muhammad met with the media after he returned to practice for the Timberwolves.
“It felt great—it felt a little like college and high school, so that was a good thing,” Muhammad said about gaining the minutes he’s been so accustomed to during his career. “But like I said, it gave me a lot of confidence coming into practice today. And like I said, I believe I can really help this team out when I get the opportunity. But like I said, I’m going to do what I can and wait my turn.”
Muhammad was named to the 2014 NBA D-League.com All-Showcase Team after averaging 23.0 points, on 62.5 percent shooting, and 9.0 rebounds in two games during the D-League Showcase. He made his D-League debut on Jan. 7, tallying 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting and seven rebounds.
Muhammad, originally selected with the 14th overall pick, was acquired by the Wolves in a draft-day trade with the Utah Jazz. He averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season at UCLA, leading the Bruins to the Pac-12 regular season championship.