The Timberwolves haven’t had a winning season since 2004, which is absolutely horrible. They’ve had a historically bad stretch, but I believe that that stretch may finally come to an end very, very soon. Behind Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony-Towns, and Ricky Rubio, the Minnesota Timberwolves are the team of the future.
Here’s 3 reasons why:
3. Visible Signs of Improvement
The Wolves didn’t have a very easy path this season, but they have managed to improve every single game. In fact the Timberwolves had the 5th toughest schedule in the league, and they still managed to win over 30 games. With big wins against the Jazz, Clippers, and Golden State. Speaking of improvement, how about Ricky Rubio? He’s averaging 16 and 11 since the All-Star break, which he’s capped off with a career high 33 points last night verse the Lakers. Rubio’s improved shooting will definitely help going forward.
2. Tom Thibodeau
The Timberwolves have had a horrible time finding a good coach, going through 8 coaches after Flip Saunders left for Detroit in 2005. Finally with Tom Thibodeau, they may be able to settle down for a while. He was brought in to fix the Timberwolves most glaring weakness: team defense, and although the Wolves have a long way to go (they rank 24th in defense), I believe that he is the man for the job.
1. Andrew Wiggins & Karl Anthony-Towns
The Wolves have built their roster around Towns, and Wiggins, and for good reason. They are two of the most promising young stars in the NBA, and a duo that any team in the league would pay big money to have. Wiggins is averaging 23 ppg this season, and Towns is averaging 24 & 12. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider the fact that they’re both under 23 years old.
The two Rookie of the Year award winners will be ready to lead the Wolves deep into the playoffs soon enough, possibly even by next year.