NBA Preview 2016-17: Minnesota Timberwolves

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 29-53 (2016), 16-66 (2015), 40-42 (2014), 31-51 (2013), 26-40 (2012), 17-65 (2011), 15-67 (2010), 24-58 (2009), 22-60 (2008), 32-50 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2004 Western Conference Finals vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Last Playoff Series Win: 2004 Conference Semifinals vs. Sacramento Kings

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: 0


Head Coach:

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Tom Thibodeau

Overall Record: 255-139

Record With Team: 0-0

Playoff Record: 23-28


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Ricky Rubio (10.1 PPG, 8.6 APG, 4.3 RPG, 17.64 PER)

SG: Zach LaVine (14.0 PPG, 3.1 APG, 2.8 RPG, 14.34 PER)

SF: Andrew Wiggins (20.7 PPG, 2.0 APG, 3.6 RPG, 16.61 PER)

PF: Karl-Anthony Towns (18.3 PPG. 10.5 RPG. 1.7 BPG, 22.59 PER)

C: Gorgui Dieng (10.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 17.17 PER)

Bench:

Kris Dunn (PG), Shabazz Muhammad (SF), Nemanja Bjelica (PF), Cole Aldrich (C), Tyus Jones (PG), Rasual Butler (SG), Nikola Pekovic (C), Jordan Hill (C), Adriean Payne (PF), Brandon Rush (SF)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Andrew Wiggins (20.7)

Rebounds Per Game: Karl-Anthony Towns (10.5)

Steals Per Game: Ricky Rubio (2.1)

Assists Per Game: Ricky Rubio (8.7)

Blocks Per Game: Karl-Anthony Towns (1.7)

Turnovers Per Game: Ricky Rubio (2.5)


The Prediction:

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The time has arrived Minnesota Timberwolves fans. After a decade of misery in the NBA, it’s your time again. After a decade of having nothing to cheer for in the Association, the fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves finally have something to get excited about again. Of course, that’s usually what tends to happen when you’ve been lucky enough to land the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft on more than one occasion and let’s face it….that’s the main reason the T’Wolves should be flirting with the post-season for the first time since 2004. Landing last year’s ROY Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick in the draft and trading Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins are going to be two moves that Minnesota fans will look back on and cherish for years.

This is just the beginning for Timberwolves fans though. Don’t let what happens this year detract what this team is going to be come in the next few years. Everyone knows that in the NBA, you become a championship contending team when you have a “BIG 3” of superstars on your roster. Well, Minnesota already looks to have two potential NBA superstars on their roster in Wiggins and Towns and if someone else steps up (Zach LaVine? Kris Dunn?), the Western Conference might be in for a rude awakening. Personally though, I think the ‘Wolves are good enough to make the post-season this year, I’m just not sure they are good enough to compete with the Western Conference’s power teams when they get there. But it’s all about baby steps people and this team is full of babies.

But that’s not a bad thing to have. The Timberwolves have arguably the most exciting young team in the NBA with a coach who will not allow tomfoolery and will have these young guys prepared and ready to play. While Minnesota is still a few pieces away from being a championship contending team, (getting rid of Rubio and getting a new starting PG would be a huge step in the right direction) I think they are going to definitely come up and surprise some people this season. Kevin Garnett isn’t walking through the door anytime soon Minnesota. It’s time to show the world that you can do some damage and that you’ve moved on from the KG-era…..because it sure hasn’t looked like it the past ten years.

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