Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 positive takeaways from the 2019-20 season

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2. Star Talent

When the season started, the Timberwolves were craving to find a second star to play alongside Towns. A decent start to the 2019-20 season teased the possibility of Andrew Wiggins being that player, but his play leveled off and he was sent out at the trade deadline.

Wiggins wasn’t the answer and the clock is ticking on making Towns happy before he could potentially demand a trade like some of the other stars in this league. Sure, it’s possible that Culver could turn into that player, but that may take too much time.

However, acquiring Russell and pairing him with Towns is a great get for the Timberwolves. Not only are they best friends, but they complement each other nicely offensively. Their ability to play in the pick-and-roll and space the floor is going to be dangerous offensively. There are some questions about their defensive pairing, but there shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Malik Beasley was the other key deadline acquisition by Minnesota, and h’es made a big impact on the team already. In 14 games with the Wolves, he’s averaging 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. On top of that, he’s shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from 3.

He will become a restricted free agent this offseason and Minnesota should be matching any offer he receives, as long as it’s not too overpriced. Between Towns, Russell and Beasley, Minnesota is accumulating star talent heading into next season.

And don’t forget: by the time the 2020 NBA Draft concludes, the Wolves may have the No. 1 and No. 16 picks on their roster, too…