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Just a year ago, we were talking about Trevor Mbakwe as a potential lottery target. After suffering a torn ACL and preseason DUI, we're now questioning what round he goes in.
Minnesota has given him a limited 17-minute role off the bench, after averaging 29 minutes a game over the previous two seasons. As a reserve, he's averaging 8.4 points and 6.7 rebounds, and is no longer the focus and go-to option for the offense.
Turning 24 years old in January, Mbakwe is old for a prospect, but the fact that he looks old on the floor is what's troublesome from an eye-test point of view.
He doesn't have that explosive athleticism he once had before the injury, which won't win him any fans in the top portion of the draft.
Mbakwe is one of the better true post-scorers in the country, but with physical and character question marks, along with a decline in production and usage, the arrow is certainly pointing down.