The Iowa Wolves have officially announced their 2021 roster for the G League bubble, which is expected to start sometime in early February.
it's official....— Iowa Wolves (@iawolves) January 25, 2021
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As you know by now, the NBA G League announced that 18 total teams will be participating in the modified 2021 season, including 17 NBA G League teams and then the G League Ignite. The season is officially expected to tip off in early February, with the bubble itself being held once again at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Back to the Wolves roster — there are a couple familiar names that will be headed down to Orlando, including Allonzo Trier (who the Iowa Wolves selected in the G League draft recently), Jordan Murphy, Canyon Barry (Rick Barry’s son), and Andrew Wiggins’ alter ego Lindell Wiggington.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it seems rather unlikely that some of the Timberwolves younger players — most notably Jaden McDaniels — will travel to the bubble, primarily due to the difficulty in jumping back-and-forth between the G League and the NBA (under current COVID protocols). While I do think McDaniels would go absolutely nuts down in Orlando (and getting coached by the Iowa coaching staff wouldn’t hurt either), his recent play in the big leagues suggest that he
could should be a fixture of the rotation going forward (yes, even when Juancho Hernangomez returns).
Jaden McDaniels was incredible in the first meaningful minutes of his career. Is he the answer at the four or will this be his best game of the season? Either way the #Timberwolves have someone to be excited about https://t.co/3zQ6DKnvAe— Tyler Metcalf (@tmetcalf11) January 22, 2021
As our own Tyler Metcalf wrote about last week, while the sample size on the former Huskie remains extremely small, the early returns on the 28th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft have been extremely promising, and should result in an increased role going forward (at least in my opinion).
But for now, the Iowa Wolves will move forward with a temporary home and a roster full of young, talented prospects. Much like Naz Reid or Jaylen Nowell before them, a strong showing in the G League this spring could land one of these fairly unknown players on the Timberwolves roster if everything pans out.