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Minnesota Timberwolves Are On The Rise, Playoff Birth Coming Soon?

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The Resurgences Of The Minnesota Timberwolves

Who would have thought that the city of Minnesota would witness the rebirth of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Vikings at the same time? The Timberwolves have always been able to draft or sign talent, but the franchise has struggled to develop the talent even further.

The Rebuild:

Over the last three years, the T-Wolves have been slowly building their roster. In 2014 Minnesota, acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeus Young, by trading Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  (Much respect to the foundation that the Late Flip Saunders built and established)

In 2015, the T-Wolves drafted Karl-Anthony Towns with the Number one pick. After finishing the 2015-16 season the Wolves finished 29-53. During the summer of 2016, the franchise hired Head Coach Tom Thibodeau.

The Thibodeau Effect:

The addition of Thibodeau was significant for Minnesota because of the defensive pedigree that the former Chicago Bulls coach brings. The young core in Minnesota has had no problems generating points, but they need a defensive minded leader.  To no one surprise, the Timberwolves finished 31-51 last season.

However, it’s evident that Thibodeau is changing the culture in Minnesota. This summer’s free agency has been cray cray as Kayne would say. NBA analyst and critics have made it clear that the Wolves need to add a few veteran pieces and more scorers in order for this organization to be relevant again.

Off-Season Gainz:

On June 22nd, 2017, the Chicago Bulls and Timberwolves completed a deal that would send three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft to Minnesota in return for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the number 7 overall pick.

Later Ricky Rubio would finally be put out of his misery and traded to the Utah Jazz. (Now he can play basketball in peace and probably develop even more).

This move instantly generated buzz around the league and caused the world to agree on one thing…………… playoffs in Minnesota. If you are a T-Wolves fan you probably said, “This was an excellent move and I will be content if this is all we do during the off-season,”

Eight days after trading for Butler, Wolves management came to terms with Jeff Teague. Signing Teague provides the roster with a combo guard who can serve as a floor general and secondary scorer. (Unlike Rubio and Chris Dunn, no shade!)

A few days later Taj Gibson announced that he plans on signing with his former coach. It’s clear that Thibodeau is trying to recruit some of his former players. (Do not be surprised if Derrick Rose ends up with the Timberwolves).

On July 8th Jamaal Crawford announced that he plans on signing with Minnesota as well. This is a positive sight for the Minneapolis franchise.

If Thibodeau can get his roster to embrace the culture they possibly could be a force in the west within the next two years. Make no mistake they will make the playoffs this year assuming everyone is healthy.

Mid-Term Grades:

With the addition of multiple veterans, the young core will learn what it takes to be an effective NBA player, that plays both sides of the ball. This off-season the TimberWolves have earned a B+. In order for this franchise to take the next step they need to:

  • Add more shooters
  • Develop Team Chemistry
  • Make the Playoffs
  • Gain Experience
  • Play both sides of the ball
  • No ISO Ball

This year’s starting line-up will consist of:

G-Jeff Teague

G-Jimmy Butler

F-Andrew Wiggins

F-Karl-Anthony Towns

C-Gorgui Dieng

At the end of the 2017-2018, NBA season the Wolves will finish in 6th place.  #BOOKIT

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