Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
I was looking through our #NBARank posts and realized I hadn't written anything on Lou Amundson, mainly because I had finished our #NBARank posts before he was signed.
Ultimately Louis Amundson was chosen over Anthony Tolliver and Hassan Whiteside as the Minnesota Timberwolves' deep reserve big man. Tolliver is ranked #289 and Whiteside: #453. Adelman's reasoning for signing Lou instead of Whiteside, was that they didn't want an inexperienced big man to be their third-string center. As for AT vs. Lou. I assume the TWolves wanted their third big man be someone who can effectively guard some of the big 7-foot centers in this league. That's something Louis holds the advantage in. Which is why he's a Timberwolf this season and Tolliver will be a Hawk.
Amundson has played for a number of different squads during his NBA career. He was traded prior to last season from the Golden State Warriors to the Indiana Pacers for Indiana's Brandon Rush. After Indiana drafted Miles Plumlee and traded for Ian Mahinmi, it was clear, Lou's time in Indy was over.
He held out (much like Tolliver) looking for more than the veteran's minimum. Both players ended up settling for just that. Lou will make roughly $1.1million this season as a Wolf.
He shares a lot of traits with Tolliver. The hustle and the energy they both bring to the game are similar. Tolliver is certainly a better long-range shooter (though he wasn't last season thanks to a wrist injury), whereas if Lou gets buckets they'll be in the paint and likely after he chases down an offensive board for an easy putback. Both guys are athletic, however, like I said before, Amundson is a superior low-post defender (not great...but better).
It's uncertain how much time Amundson will see this season. There are a lot of factors in that. 1.) How much can Greg Stiemsma play? He was limited last season and this summer thanks to plantar fasciitis. 2.) Will Derrick Williams' main role be as a backup small forward or power forward? Ultimately it'll come down to either Lou or Dante Cunningham as the team's third-string frontcourt player. I'd put my money on Dante, however if the injury bug bites hard, once again this season, we could see plenty of both.
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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