For the sake of Karl-Anthony Towns, I hope the Minnesota Timberwolves can get their act together. Towns has gone through all the drama associated with the Timberwolves since he was drafted there six years ago, and the list is long.
When it comes to actual basketball, Minnesota has a few things to be excited about. Towns is one of the best big men in the league and he now has had a full offseason to connect with Rookie of the Year Finalist Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell.
Russell will have a bigger role this season now that he’s healthy and Ricky Rubio is in Cleveland. Russell averaged 19 points and 5.8 assists last season in 42 games. Edwards also averaged 19 points per game (19.1 to be exact) on 41.7% from the field.
Minnesota hasn’t had high hopes at the beginning of a season since Jimmy Butler was traded there from Chicago in 2017. This season is no different. The Timberwolves seem like they are in a constant rebuild, with new players coming in and out all the time.
Even the front office is experiencing turmoil. The Timberwolves fired general manager Gersson Rosas after it was revealed that he was having an affair with an employee, among other things.
Will this be the year they clean up their act and make a run at the postseason?
Minnesota Timberwolves Win Total Prediction | 34.5 (Over -115/Under -108)
The Timberwolves have a new coach this season in Chris Finch. He’ll try to get them back to where they were under Tom Thibodeau. Winning 35 games in a full season is a .426 win percentage, which the Wolves haven’t reached since 2018.
I want to have a little bit of faith that Minnesota will but some of the pieces together, but I just can’t put this much faith into them. Last year, the San Antonio Spurs were the No. 10 seed with a .458 win percentage. Minnesota should be fun to watch, but the fun won’t translate to wins this year.
I’ll take the under on this.
Minnesota Timberwolves Playoff Odds
Even in the days of the play-in tournament, the Timberwolves don’t have a shot at making the playoffs. Defensively, they are one of the worst teams in the league. They can’t guard a soul. Offensively, the main thing Minnesota has going for it is its offensive speed. The Timberwolves were tied with the Pacers for fourth in the league in pace (101.6).
Getting into a track meet every night and not being able to stop the other team is never a smart, sustainable gameplan. Minnesota is going to be back in the lottery hoping the ping pong balls bounce their way when the season finishes.