Predicting the Timberwolves Future

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Jun 26, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves number one overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns (left) and Tyus Jones (right) address the media at Mayo Clinic Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Karl-Anthony Towns & Tyus Jones & the Timberwolves Future

I am combining Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones because they are rookies, and rookies are difficult to predict. Towns is going to be a starter, probably on opening night, and Tyus might end up as a starter in a couple of years.

Towns looked phenomenal in the Las Vegas Summer League. He showed a smooth stroke, created open looks for teammates, and also showed positive signs defensively. Tyus struggled in his first few summer league games, but he found his rhythm as he received more reps.

Result: Towns will be a superstar. Tyus will not be a star. Tyus will be the Derek Fisher of the Wolves. Tyus will start for the 2017-18 season because of the Rubio trade and will have a knack for hitting big shots.

Minnesota Timberwolves: 2018-19 NBA Champions

It could happen.

Final Thoughts

The team could look noticeably different in a couple of years. I predict Rubio, Shabazz, and Gorgui to be gone before the start of the 2017-18 season. It’s important to remember that the single most important thing is re-signing your best talents. When you sign your best talents to max deals or close to it, it becomes more difficult to sign your best role players because the role players asking price becomes to high.

Keep your elite players, and find new quality role players. That’s how the big boys do it.

The Wolves’ starting lineup in 2017-18 will be:

Point Guard: Tyus Jones

Shooting Guard: Zach LaVine

Small Forward: Andrew Wiggins

Power Forward: ??

Center: Karl-Anthony Towns

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