The Timberwolves trailed the Los Angeles Clippers by seven points with 7 minutes, 34 seconds remaining in their play-in game last season when center Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out. That meant, with the season on the line, it was time for Naz Reid to step up.
Reid contributed a big putback bucket to pull Minnesota to within one point with 5 minutes, 30 seconds to play. You know the rest from there: The Wolves closed strong to down Los Angeles and punch their ticket to the NBA playoffs.
And Reid, in his third season, proved himself to be someone you could trust on the floor, even in the biggest of moments.
“A lot of confidence. Just the thought process for me going out there and telling myself that I can play, and then actually being able to play with those guys in those big moments, it helps me a lot,” Reid said. “It just feels like I’m going out there to play basketball, and I feel like I can do it a lot this year.”
It only makes sense to expect progression from the big. The recently-turned 23-year-old has made major strides each season, improving physically and expanding his skillset seemingly every season. He has proven himself to be a quality backup center in this league. Reid said he had a great summer which he dedicated to working on his overall game.
Now the question is: Will he get the opportunity…