With three weeks till the new NBA season tips off, the Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the many teams that have the roster to make a big playoff run this year. With stars like PF Karl-Anthony Towns, SG Anthony Edwards, and newly acquired C Rudy Gobert, this team has the necessary talent to make something happen this year.
One player that is a key piece to the Timberwolves’ title run this upcoming season is starting point guard D’Angelo Russell.
Russell, the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and 2019 NBA All-Star, was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves by the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and two draft picks. Since arriving in Minnesota, Russell has become the staple at point guard, being a threat from behind the three-point arc, driving to the basket, and working with his team to find a way to win in big-game situations.
Russell could be the key
How is he the key piece to this Minnesota Timberwolves? He averaged 18.1 points per game, 7.1 assists per game, and 3.3 rebounds per game last season with the Timberwolves. He would help the Timberwolves on the offensive end of the court by attacking the basket when he finds the open lane, shooting from behind the three-point arc when finding the open opportunity, and finding the open man to get the easy basket or attacking the glass.
When Russell is on the court with Towns and Edwards, they create an impossible-to-stop offensive trio that will make opponents pause and ponder about what they are going to do next. With the addition of Gobert to the team, Russell will have another guy down low in the paint to look for when on the offensive end. His chemistry with the Timberwolves roster is one that can make him a leader in the locker room and on the court.
D’Angelo Russell is a major piece to this Timberwolves roster. He has the ability to be one of the league’s all-time greats if he can bring a title to Minnesota. Is this the year Russell and the Timberwolves make a run for the NBA title? We will have to wait until the new season tips off to see.