The Minnesota Timberwolves could be this upcoming seasons most interesting team! The Timberwolves showed a lot of promise last season in certain moments, but they were the worst fourth quarter team in the NBA. As a result, they blew a lot of winnable games and a large part was because of the lack of team defense.
To address the problem, they traded away Kris Dunn who had an overall underwhelming rookie season and Zach Lavine who is coming off an ACL tear and acquired Jimmy Butler who is a top 10 player in the NBA, and is also an elite defender.
To continue to improve on the defensive end, they traded away Ricky Rubio who’s only desirable attribute on defense is his ability to generate a few steals every now and again. This left a hole in the Timberwolves point guard position, but the hole did not last long! After talking about acquiring Derrick Rose and Kyle Lowry, the Timberwolves decided that Jeff Teague was the best point guard for them. Teague may be coming off a mostly dissapointing season in Indiana, but he is an excellent two way guard who has playoff experience and leadership that the Timberwolves need.
The Timberwolves needed to also become a deeper team, so they went an acquired two experienced bench players in Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford. Taj Gibson was a former player for Tom Thibodeau when Thibs coached the Bulls, so the reunion made sense in that aspect as well. Jamal Crawford will be a great veteran guard for the Timberwolves off the bench, and he will be a great mentor to Andrew Wiggins and especially Shabazz Muhammad who has the potential to be one of the most improved players in the NBA next season.
In addition, the Timberwolves will still have Karl Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng who are both double double machines. KAT is already one of the best players in the league, and could be a potential MVP some day in the very near future. The Minnesota Timberwolves became a contender in a hurry, and have the potential to get back to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since the 2004 playoffs! The future is bright for the young Timbewolves!