NBA Team Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

Although the Minnesota Timberwolves finished the 2014-2015 season with their 2nd lowest win total in franchise history (16 wins), they still possess arguably the brightest of futures the league has to offer. With a core of Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio and other budding studs, the young Timberwolves are going to spend the season playing through their mistakes. While they are expected to come up short of playoff action for the 12th consecutive season, this time will go as far as their young superstars will take them. Hence, there is plenty of reason to tune into games on a nightly basis.

With a core of Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio and others, the Timberwolves are going to spend the season playing through their mistakes

With a core of Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio and others, the Timberwolves are going to spend the season playing through their mistakes

The Timberwolves boast a roster with a unique blend of youngsters and veterans. With well-known names such as Kevin Garnett, Andre Miller and Tayshaun Prince guiding the future faces of the franchise in the right direction, the Wolves will be hoping for an accelerated period of growth. The Wolves have 17 games on their plate through November and the two obvious guys to keep an eye out for will be Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Wiggins started his rookie campaign off by averaging just 12.3 points in November and steadily improved to the point where he averaged 23.3 points in April. During the same stretch, the Canadian wing also saw increases in his free throw attempts (3.8 to 10.4), rebounds (3.8 to 6.0) and assists (1.0 to 4.0). If Wiggins can build on this steady growth this month, we can be looking at a two-way superstar by Christmas time.

A defining match-up will fall three weeks into the season on November 18th when the Wolves take a visit to Florida to take on the Orlando Magic. This competition will represents the best of the NBA’s youth movement and foreshadows a potential match-up for years to come. Like Minnesota, Orlando has a strong and promising core led by Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris and Nik Vucevic. There will be intriguing match-ups at virtually all positions, so if you’re a basketball junkie, this game, along with the only other rematch on December 1st, are dates to mark down on your calendar.
Courtesy of iSportsweb.com

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