The Minnesota Timberwolves underwent a number of significant roster upheavals throughout the 2022-23 NBA season, and with each and every turn of the page, there was any number of disgruntled NBA fans and analysts who chided in over how the Minnesota Timberwolves were going to regret those moves. But do they?
While it’s still far too early to ‘know,’ that answer, we can start to track how the aggregate effect of the Timberwolves roster decisions have worked out for the team. The fact is that fans tend to view player performances in terms of the regular season. But in the NBA, the personnel offices tend to weigh post-season production much more heavily.
The reason is pretty straightforward. Up to 20 NBA teams in a 30-team league have the opportunity to compete for the NBA Championship. The 82 games in a regular NBA season ultimately serve to rank the NBA teams in the NBA Playoff Tournament. But to fans, those 82 games hold their attention and focus.
Don’t be so hasty to judge the Timberwolves’ trades
The problem with any exchange between NBA teams is the motivation for both teams to actively engage in a trade. While we love to give and see instant grades about the wins and losses of a trade made by NBA teams, no NBA team pulls the trigger on a trade to lose outright.
And yet, the Minnesota Timberwolves engaged in a blockbuster trade to open the 2022-23 NBA season and the immediate grades from that trade have come in anywhere from a ‘let’s wait and see,’ to a bottom of ‘Worst trade in NBA history.’
But how can a trade be viewed in such finality while the pieces are still in motion? It’s that instant analysis that, in the end, offers no analysis whatsoever.
In the end, it seems that we are all in such a rush to judge, and never look back from that initial reaction. But if we want to learn, we have to be willing to keep an open mind. How did the Minnesota Timberwolves do in terms of trade impacts?