Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie marvels at Jarrett Culver’s all-around ability
The Minnesota Timberwolves have quite an interesting positional battle going on in the two-guard spot with the new season fast approaching. Sophomore shooting guard Josh Okogie and sixth overall pick Jarrett Culver will be in an all-out head-to-head battle to secure the starting shooting guard gig for the 2019-20 season.
Nevertheless, Okogie himself had nothing but great things to say about his new teammate, admitting how he has been a fan of Culver even during the rookie’s time at Texash Tech last year.
Cool little story in here from Josh Okogie on how he, randomly, watched many of Jarrett Culver's games last season.
(Also: When referencing Culver's versatility, Okogie drops a little nugget about how the Wolves are going to be switching everything defensively.) pic.twitter.com/hD13249spO
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) July 8, 2019
Okogie is primed for a breakout sophomore campaign in the upcoming season, following a relatively noteworthy rookie year. In 74 appearances for the Wolves last season, the former 20th overall pick logged 7.7 points, 0.8 three-pointers, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 23.7 minutes per contest.
While not exactly eye-popping numbers, Minnesota’s front office still hold Okogie in high regard, and consider him to be part of the team’s future moving forward.
The same can definitely be said about Culver, whom the Wolves deemed worthy of such a high lottery pick in the recently-concluded draft. If the 20-year-old’s season with Texas Tech (18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists) is any indication of things to come, then surely, Minnesota have quite a stud in Culver.
The Timberwolves are going to be an interesting team to watch next season, as they look to bounce back from a rather forgettable year last term, which was marred by all the drama surrounding Jimmy Butler’s exit, and compounded by their failure to secure a playoff spot in a ruthless Western Conference.