The NBA Development League started this week, and Wolves rookie point-guard Tyus Jones has yet to suit up for Minnesota. But Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell didn’t sound like he was anxious to have Jones get minutes any time soon in the D-League.
Mitchell said after Friday’s practice that four games into the season is too early to start making personnel decisions “to send a guy here, send a guy there.’’ The Wolves, 2-2, play at Chicago Saturday night.
“Tyus has done a good job,’’ Mitchell said. “His practices have been great, his workouts, and I thought he played well in the preseason. The season is long, and everybody gets a chance to play. At some point, Tyus will get a chance to play.’’
Jones is the Wolves’ fourth point-guard at present behind Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine and Andre Miller.
Mitchell also said Friday that four games was too early to start juggling starting lineups and rotations. So don’t look for any changes in the starting lineup that struggled to score points in Thursday’s loss to Miami.
“Four games [into the season] and we’re 2-2,’’ Mitchell said. “What are we going to change? We’ve played pretty good defense….we’ve been struggling offensively. But that’s been all four games. We’re just not a great shooting basketball team right now. We just have to keep working at it, and getting better.’’
Andrew Wiggins got his first glimpse of his bobblehead, which will be the promotional give-away before next Thursday’s game against defending NBA champ Golden State at Target Center. Wiggins’ review was mostly positive, especially the fact that his likeness is up-to-date.
“[It has] the new hair I’ve got,’’ he said of this year’s longer hair style. “It resembles me a little bit. I like it.’’
Wiggins was bothered by back spasms in the first couple games, but says he now feels fine.