NBA Team Preview: The Minnesota Timberwolves
Over the past 5 seasons in the National Basketball Association, the Minnesota Timberwolves have very rarely found success, and the success found was meaningless. In the 2020-2021 season, the Timberwolves went 23-49 and failed to make the playoffs. The year before, they went 19-49 and failed to make the playoffs again. Then the year before, they went 36-46 and, by no surprise, failed to make the playoffs.
This year the Timberwolves look to swing things around. Maybe a strong playoff run is not a very reachable goal, but they look to develop chemistry for their roster for future years and playoff runs to come.
New Minnesota Timberwolves’ Acquisitions
From the previous season to this one, the Timberwolves roster has been almost the same. In February of 2020, the Timberwolves acquired D’Angelo Russell from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for both the first and second-round picks of the 2021 NBA Draft. Therefore, the Timberwolves were unable to acquire any talent from this year’s draft class through the draft.
However, one very important acquisition they did make is the addition of Patrick Beverley. Though he may be exiting the prime years of his career, Patrick Beverley is one of the greatest defenders in NBA history. The energy he brings through his fierceness and hustle can turn the tide of any game. This is primarily why the Timberwolves made this addition. Last season, the Wolves would go stale by the third quarter and the energy would be very low. Beverley should add a veteran presence to turn this around.
Important Player Subtractions
As mentioned above, the Wolves starting lineup and the overall roster have changed very little. However, in their trade with Memphis for Patrick Beverley, they did lose guard Jarrett Culver and center Juan Hernangomez. Both players played valuable minutes for the Timberwolves last season and they will be key pieces lost. But, a healthy Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards should be able to fill the gaps these players left.
Anthony Edwards, the first pick of the 2020 NBA draft, had an amazing rookie season last year. He averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while playing tremendous defense over the course of the previous season. We should keep an eye out for Edwards in his sophomore season as he looks to wreak more havoc on the NBA this season.
Another key player is D’Angelo Russell. Acquired in 2020, Russell played significant minutes for the Timberwolves over the past season. He was the primary play-maker as he averaged 19 points, 5.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds. His shot-creating and shot-making ability should make him a very important player for the Timberwolves this season.
And finally, the last key player is Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns, though battling injury and personal family issues, has played great for the Wolves. Last season alone, Towns averaged 24.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. He is one of the best centers in the league and looks to continue playing at a very high level for the Timberwolves.
Timberwolves Predictions and Odds
This seems almost like the year for Timberwolves. They retained their key players and gained Patrick Beverley on top of it. They have an amazing sophomore Anthony Edwards. This season I predict the Timberwolves will go 46-36.
+25000 to win the NBA Championship +12500 to win the Western Conference +4000 to win the Northwest Division
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.