With the 2023 year drawing to a close and the 2024 year now here, we are in the heart of the basketball season both in the NBA and the G League.
When it comes to the G League, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ affiliate — the Iowa Wolves — have begun the second portion of their season following the conclusion of the G League Winter Showcase over the holiday.
In the stretch leading up to the Winter Showcase in late December, Iowa finished with a record of 6-10 over the first 16 games, averaging 109.8 points per game while giving up 110.8 points to opponents on average.
To round out the 2023 year, the Wolves played two games to begin the stretch of the season after the Winter Showcase, continuing that portion of the schedule into the new year. Iowa fell to College Park on Dec. 29 and dropped a rematch against College Park on New Year's Eve.
As the 2024 calendar year begins, let’s take a look back at the season thus far for Iowa and the players who have taken the floor for the Wolves this season.
*Players below are listed in alphabetical order after the players who also play with NBA club*
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Miller has been a player many Wolves fans have been waiting to see after he was drafted 33rd overall in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Over the first portion of the G League season, Miller appeared in 11 games with Iowa while averaging 17.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks over 29.0 minutes per contest. He also shot 53.1% from the field and 33.9% from three over that span.
Miller has played in both games since the G League Winter Showcase, averaging 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists in 23.5 minutes over two contests.
Another two-way player, Nix has shifted between the NBA and G League levels so far this year while playing in a half-dozen games for Iowa.
In six games leading up to the G League Winter Showcase, Nix averaged 19.7 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 0.8 blocks over 35.0 minutes per contest. He has shot marks of 36.3% from the field and 20.9% from three over that stretch.
Nix hasn’t appeared for the Wolves since he last did so on Dec. 22.
Minott has seen a share of time at both the NBA and G League levels this season, taking the court with Iowa for just four games over the first portion of the season.
With the Wolves, Minott averaged 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals over 29.0 minutes per contest, shooting 46.2% from the field over that four-game stretch.
Minott has appeared in 12 games for the Timberwolves at the NBA level so far this year, averaging 2.6 minutes off the bench while tallying 1.7 points per contest thus far.
Garza has flipped back and forth between the NBA and the G League this season as a two-way player, excelling at both levels while putting up impressive numbers when he takes the floor for Iowa.
Ahead of the G League Winter Showcase, Garza averaged 36.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 blocks over 36.1 minutes in three G League contests, putting up very strong numbers like we also saw from him a year ago at the G League level.
Garza hasn’t appeared in a game with Iowa since he last did on Dec. 15.
Wendell Moore Jr.
Moore has provided Iowa with all-around performances throughout the G League season thus far, appearing in dight games over the first portion of the season and playing in both of the Wolves’ games since the Winter Showcase.
Over the eight-game stretch to start the year, Moore posted 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 32.8% from the field and 29.4% from three.
In the two games since, Moore has averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assist, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks over 38.4 minutes for Iowa.
Brian Bowen II
Bowen appeared in 12 of Iowa’s first 16 games to start the year, playing a limited role while not contributing much on the offensive end but providing the team with a solid rebounding presence.
Over 12 contests, Bowen averaged 4.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 17.1 minutes per contest. He shot marks of 38.5% from the field and 20.8% from three over that span.
Bowen hasn’t appeared in a game with the Wolves since Dec. 14.
Carton has been one of the best producers for Iowa this season, appearing in 14 of the 16 games for the team leading up to the G League Winter Showcase and playing in both contests since.
In 14 games to start the year, Carton averaged 16.2 points, 4.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks over 31.9 minutes per contest while shooting 47.5% from the field and 34% from deep.
In the two games since the Winter Showcase, Carton has averaged 11.5 points and 7.0 assists over 36.6 minutes per contest with Iowa.
Giddens spent the first few games of the 2023-24 G League season with the Birmingham Squadron before taking the court with Iowa for the first time on Dec. 10.
Leading up to the G League Winter Showcase, Giddens played in three games with the Wolves, averaging 0.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks over just 4.4 minutes per game.
Since the Winter Showcase, Giddens has again played a limited role in Iowa, playing in five minutes off the bench in one game to round out the 2023 calendar year.
Moore spent the first portion of the G League season by playing eight games for Iowa, though he hasn’t appeared in a game with the Wolves since last doing so on Nov. 26.
In his eight games with Iowa, Moore averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.5 rebounds over 19.9 minutes per contest. He tallied shooting marks of 38.2% from the field over that stretch.
Cooke has provided Iowa with a steady presence and level of production so far this season, appearing in all 16 games ahead of the G League Winter Showcase and appearing in both games since.
Over the first 16 games of the year, Cooke averaged 14.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 blocks and 0.8 steals over 28.7 minutes per game, shooting 43.1% from the field and 33.3% from three over that span.
In the two games since the Winter Showcase, Cooke has averaged 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals over 30.8 minutes with Iowa.
Yat first appeared on the court for Iowa in mid-November, going on to play in eight games ahead of the G League Winter Showcase while playing in both games since.
Over the eight-game span to begin the year, Yat averaged 1.6 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks over just 7.8 minutes in a limited role off the bench.
Kat has played in one game with Iowa since the Winter Showcase, totaling nine points and one steal over 7.8 minutes to round out the calendar year.
Stephenson signed with Iowa on Dec. 11, since playing in just a few games at the G League level but making a strong impact in his time with the Wolves thus far.
Ahead of the Winter Showcase, Stephenson appeared in three games for Iowa while averaging 11.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals over 24.2 minutes per game. She also shot 44.1% from the field over that trio of games.
Stephenson has appeared in one game since, tallying 11 points, three rebounds and one assist over 26 minutes on New Year’s Eve.
Eastern was one of three Wolves players who appeared in all 16 games to start the year ahead of the Winter Showcase, also appearing in both games since.
Over the first stretch of the year, Eastern averaged 6.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks over 24.8 minutes per contest while shooting 44.4% from the field and 90.9% from the free throw line.
In the two games after the Winter Showcase to conclude the 2023 calendar year, Eastern posted 9.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks over 29.6 minutes per contest.
Wheeler served as a nice bench player for Iowa in the first portion of the G League season until he moved on to sign with the Mexico City Capitanes where he currently plays.
In 11 games with the Wolves to begin the year, Wheeler tallied 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.7 assists over 19.4 minutes. Since joining Mexico City, he has averaged 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal over three contests.
Hollins joined the Wolves in early December after playing in 24 games with the Raptors 905 and the Texas Legends last season, taking the court in two games for Iowa ahead of the G League Winter Showcase.
In those pair of contests, Hollins averaged 4.5 points, 7.5 assists, 1.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks over 24.1 minutes per game while shooting 40% from the field.
Hollins has yet to appear in either of the two games for Iowa following the Winter Showcase.
Keels has had a nice start to the season with Iowa while appearing in all 16 games ahead of the Winter Showcase and taking the court in both games since.
Over the first portion of the regular season, Keels posted 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals over a team-leading 33.9 minutes per game. He recorded shooting marks of 45% from the field and 31.4 % from three over that span.
In the two games since the Winter Showcase, Keels has averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds over 33.2 minutes per contest.
Martin was a player that got a look along with Carton and Keels on the Timberwolves training camp roster, only to find himself back at the G League level where he appeared in six games in the first stretch of the season and both games with Iowa since the Winter Showcase.
Over those first six appearances, Martin averaged 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 24.8 minutes per game while shooting 40.7% from the field and 40.6% from three.
In the two games since the Winter Showcase, Martin has posted 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals over 28.8 minutes per game.
Krejci opened up the G League season with Iowa until he left the team due to being signed by the Atlanta Hawks on a two-way contract on Dec. 22.
With Iowa, Krejci appeared in one game, a battle against Greensboro on Dec. 20, where he posted five points, six assists, two rebounds, two blocks and one steal over 20 minutes.
Krejci has yet to appear in a game with the Hawks, currently playing for Atlanta’s G League affiliate, College Park.