The T-Wolves are up next in our season preview and much like Minnesota’s upcoming seasons, it should be fun! KAT and Russell are getting the chance to play a full season together for the first time alongside the newest number one selection Anthony Edwards. Things should be very interesting for Coach Saunders and company this season.
Minnesota won big at the Draft Lottery as they were rewarded the number one overall pick for the 2020 NBA Draft. They got to work immediately, trying to figure out what they were going to do with the pick. There were rumors Minnesota was looking to trade down, but they ultimately kept the pick and selected Anthony Edwards. The Georgia native is an impressive athlete with the upside to be a legitimate three-level scorer in the NBA. After Edwards was selected, the team also was able to get Leandro Bolmaro and Jaden McDaniels in the first round via trades. Bolmaro is interesting because of his ball handling abilities as a wing. McDaniels was one of the top recruits in high school a couple of years ago and shows flashes of major upside thanks to his scoring for someone nearly seven feet tall. This kind fo young talent could propel Minnesota forward soon if everything works out right.
Outside of the youngsters, only two other additions occurred during the off-season. Ricky Rubio, being one, found his way back to the Wolves thanks to OKC. Rubio started his NBA career in Minnesota and many seemed to like the pairing. His intelligence as a facilitator should do plenty for Russell and Towns. The other new member of the team is Juancho Hernangomez. Juancho is a former member of the Denver Nuggets and has shown in the past to be a capable scorer similar to what Nikola Mirotic did for a few years. Both players add depth and veteran savvy the team didn’t have before, which may go a long way.
The most interesting component to Minnesota’s season will be how the young players on the roster continue to develop. Towns need to improve defensively and I think D’Angelo Russell needs to become a more efficient player if he wishes to be a star. Outside of those two, Josh Okogie has to take a step forward as a shooter. His defense is very impressive, but his offense is very lackluster. He’s looked like Andre Roberson to this point and needs to be more Danny Green. Another player who will be under the microscope will be Jarrett Culver. He had a poor rookie campaign and will need to improve in a big way this season if the team is going to have success. He’s more of an ancillary piece and needs talent around him to be at his best; this team has talent without a doubt.
I have a hard time believing this is a playoff team. There is some talent on this roster, but the West is going to be extremely difficult this year. Unless multiple young pieces take major leaps, I don’t see the postseason being in the Timberwolves’ future. They have plenty of young talent, so that’s something to hold onto at least.