Jan 23, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Chris Johnson (20) against the Brooklyn Nets at the Target Center. The Nets defeated the Timberwolves 91-83. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

What the Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League Taught Us

The Timberwolves Summer League ended after them going 3-3. With them going 3-3 there are obviously positives and negatives in the Wolves tenure in Las Vegas.

The Wolves struggled from behind the arc last year shooting a league worst 30%. On the contrary the Wolves Summer League Team shot an astounding 45% from three. For a team 45% shooting is unheard of. Of course, this is Summer League but that is still a good sign for the upcoming season. Another positive sign for the Wolves was their balanced attack. The Timberwolves had 6 players average over 8 ppg and 11 different players start for Minnesota. This is largely in part to the Timberwolves excellent ball movement throughout their time in Vegas. Lastly the Wolves were on the court hustling for 48 minutes a game playing hard-nosed and physical defense. With Gorgui Dieng and Chris Johnson clogging up the middle both averaging over a block per game it was tough for opponents to score in the paint making them rely on three pointers and mid range jump shots.

While the Timberwolves had many positives there were also negatives too. One major issue with this team was their free throw shooting. As a team the Wolves shot 65% from the line which is simply atrocious. Most centers in the league shoot better than. Shabazz Muhammad shot a horrific 6-17 from the line over the 6 games in Vegas. That was an issue during the Wolves 2012-13 season as well. Another huge problem for the Wolves last season was choking away games. The Wolves were up by 20 points against the Suns going into halftime but
lost on a buzzer beater. The last point is not a positive or a negative. The Timberwolves did force a lot of turnovers but also committed just as many. If they want to win games they have to force more turnovers than they commit.

All in all, the Wolves Summer League gave us some positive and negative feedback and showed us what the Wolves will have to work on in training camp.

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