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To reach this level, Muhammad – a 6-foot-6 shooting guard – has developed a unique style. He calls himself a “power guard.” Muhammad’s game starts on the left block, where he loves to post up. The lefty frequently turns over his right shoulder, mastering a single move rather than exploring a variety of them. He augments his post scoring with putbacks. Muhammad offensively rebounds better than any guard in the game today, and few perimeter players his size have ever hit the offensive glass like he does. Muhammad has also made enough 3-pointers, 10-of-25 (40 percent) to keep defenses honest when he roams beyond the arc. “He’s a professional scorer,” Saunders said. “When he’s 60 years old, he’ll be at the playground scoring. That’s just what he does.” NBCSports.com

Muhammad underwent intense offseason training, dropping 30 pounds below his weight when he went to the D-League. He says he’s now at 215 pounds, and the difference is noticeable. Muhammad has already dunked 32 times this season, up from seven all of last year, including a couple highlight slams: NBCSports.com

December 13, 2014 Updates

Target Center's video player tracking technology, STATS' SportVU, collects footage on the how much players run and tries to measure the energy level they exert. Muhammad often has an energy value that's at the top of the charts, but recently it's dipped in the second half. "We've seen lately where it dropped a little bit, and that's because his ankle seems to tighten up at halftime a little bit and gets a little tighter when we get into the second half," coach Flip Saunders said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Saunders called on second-year players Dieng to gain weight this offseason and Muhammad to lose some. Muhammad, who was listed at 6-6, 225 pounds last season, is believed to have lost about seven or eight pounds, and Saunders said the Wolves would like him to lose about 15 before the start of the season. Dieng, who was listed at 6-11, 245 pounds, has gained "a lot" of weight and "good" strength, Saunders said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

June 20, 2014 Updates

Saunders said he expects Dieng, Shved and Muhammad to play at Vegas Summer League next month. He also wants Chase Budinger to come to Minneapolis for three days of practice before and possibly even play a couple games in Vegas so Saunders and his staff can see how Budinger's knee rehab is going. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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