Bombs Away: 2013-14 Minnesota Timberwolves Preview

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  1. majesty95

    majesty95 Show class, have pride, and display character.

    Jun 5, 2012

    Last Season: 31-51
    Average Age: 25
    Team Salary: $67.18M
    Cap Room: -$8.5M

    Key Additions: Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Shabazz Muhammad, and Ronny Turiaf.
    Key Losses: Andrei Kirilenko, Luke Ridnour, Brandon Roy

    Three Best Players


    Best Offensive Player: Kevin Love

    Love played only 18 games a year ago and his absence from the lineup was a key reason that the Wolves did not make a significant push for a playoff run. With Love healthy, the Wolves has a dangerous perimeter shooter who is difficult to defend because of his size. His ability to rebound also helps erase some of the missed shots from his teammates. If this team can avoid injuries this season, the Wolves have a very good shot at making the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

    Best Defensive Player: Corey Brewer

    While Minnesota finished in the middle of the pack defensively a year ago (15th), they allowed opponent to shoot 37% from outside the arc. Without Love, they did not have many legitimate outside threats themselves and frequently found themselves digging themselves in holes because of their perimeter defense. Brewer should help that as he is a terrific defender on the edge and a good off-ball defender as well. Improvement in that category along with Love's return should help the team significantly.


    The additions of Brewer and Shabazz Muhammad to go along with Derrick Williams gives the Wolves a decent amount of depth this year. Brewer and Chase Budinger can rotate in at small forward while Williams can spell or play alongside Love. Muhammad gives the team an additional scoring threat from the perimeter which will open up a lot of options for the offense. Minnesota was among the Top 15 teams in terms of bench scoring a year ago and have the potential to improve upon that this year.


    The Wolves ranked second-to-last (Clippers) in turnovers per game a year ago. Their point guards (Ricky Rubio and JJ Barea) accounted for nearly 1/3 of those. The team needs to be better at protecting the ball, especially from their back court. They haven't done much to upgrade in that are during the offseason so they have to hope Rubio and a few of the others can show improvement on their own.

    The Season Will Be A Success If..

    The team makes the playoffs. A 10-year absence from the playoffs is inexcusable for any team in any league where half of their teams qualify each year. The Wolves have a great nucleus with Love, Kevin Martin and Rubio. They have improved depth and should be better defensively. If they can stay healthy, a big if, that drought should finally end.

    The Season Will Be A Disaster If...

    Love misses significant time again. Not many teams can afford to lose their best player for any significant amount of time. Minnesota is no different. Love's ability to draw larger defenders out of the paint, shoot from outside and grab rebounds is unprecedented in this league. His talents are undeniable he provides the foundation for which this house is built. If you remove him then you just gave a bog pile of rubble.
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  2. Spayer419

    Spayer419 Walk On

    Jun 23, 2012
    Great writeup. Rubio and Love definitely give you a great pick and roll game, but it will be interesting to see how you fare with Kevin Martin's shot because IIRC it's pretty funky. Think you'll keep Derrick Williams in town?
  3. majesty95

    majesty95 Show class, have pride, and display character.

    Jun 5, 2012
    Ya I like Williams so probably. Guess we'll see though because he's really a man without a position. Martin's shot is very funky. I learned that the hard way when I ran an exhibition with them. Hopefully I figure it out lol

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