Timberwolves that must play well to avoid missing playoffs

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Kyle Anderson, Minnesota Timberwolves
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2. Kyle Anderson

Another defensive-minded player that will be crucial to the Timberwolves’ late-season run is Kyle Anderson. Undoubtedly one of the smartest players on Minnesota’s roster, Anderson has been a key addition this season and his value has only grown as the year has gone on.

Slo-Mo’s unique offensive game and quick wits have led to him being one of the foundational pieces of this team. He sees the floor and understands the flow of the game better than most. A highly versatile defender, he has shown his ability to be inserted into many different lineups without becoming a liability.

Anderson has filled in quite effectively for Karl-Anthony Towns in the latter half of this season. While Towns is the type of talent that will bring fans out of their seats and fill up the box score, Anderson can stuff the stat sheet in a different way. His play may not always make the highlight reels, but his thorough understanding of the game leads to him making the right play nearly every time.

In a lot of ways, he has been exactly the kind of veteran this team has needed. When things get erratic, Anderson will bring his calculated approach and wise shot selection when it is needed most. His maturity will be needed as the Timberwolves face playoff-level intensity in every game remaining.