Minnesota Timberwolves New Year’s Resolutions

Dec 7, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrates with forward Kevin Garnett (21) against the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrates with forward Kevin Garnett (21) against the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 7, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrates during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrates during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Resolution: Shoot more threes!

This has long been the big gripe from fans, as the Wolves have failed to transition into a three-point shooting team. Unfortunately, the league as a whole is becoming more three-point reliable, and the Wolves, to this point have been left in the dust.

Now, it could be said that the Wolves don’t have the three-point shooters to make this transition. This is true to a degree, but we’ve seen glimpses from players this season, and they’re ability to shoot.

Shabazz Muhammad has proven to be a reliable stand-still three-point shooter over the past week and a half. We all know that Nemanja Bjelica can make threes, he just needs the playing time to do it.

None the less, the Wolves are dead last in the league in three pointers attempted per game, as they attempt roughly 15 a game. Compare that to Houston, they shoot 30 threes a game! The Wolves are also 26th in the league in three point field goal percentage.

All it really takes to understand this issue is looking at Minnesota’s three-point shot chart for this season.

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Now compare that to an elite three-point shooting team like Golden State.

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Not only are the percentages staggering, but the attempts from each spot are grossly lopsided. It comes down the fact that the Wolves need to start relying on the three a little more.

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For now, they’ll have to make due with the shooters (or lack thereof) they have, but in the long run they’ll need more three-point firepower. Otherwise, they will never be a truly competitive basketball team.

Hopefully, the Wolves are able to stay true to their resolutions as they proceed towards the future.