The Minnesota Timberwolves has been a team that needs to refine the focus of this team. This is a team that attempted to pivot to a front-court-centric team by pairing NBA All-Star center Rudy Gobert with NBA All-Star center/power forward Karl-Anthony Towns. So how did that all turn out for the Timberwolves?
Well, the final starting five played a sum total of just seven games together. While that is hardly a large enough sample size to know anything about the Timberwolves roster to compete together, it does open the door for questions and or concerns. After all, if the Minnesota Timberwolves front office believed that they could impact the game by doubling down on their High Wall defense, then the results so far have been crushingly disappointing.
Young guns step up
The 2022-23 NBA season was not so much a wasted season as it was a season of tremendous growth and quite valuable lessons for the team. After all, as a result of last year’s modest success, the Timberwolves now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the future of the franchise rests in the hands of young All-Star shooting guard Anthony Edwards.
Perhaps even more importantly, the Minnesota Timberwolves learned that SF Jaden McDaniels is truly a future NBA star in the making. The team learned that young backup center Naz Reid has tremendous upside. the team even has flashes of future potential from SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG/SF Wendell Moore Jr., PF Josh Minott, and Two-Way C Luka Garza.
While the season ended at a record of 42-40, the experience earned by so many young players on the Timberwolves roster was a nice offset. And the Timberwolves can start the 2023-24 NBA season as a much stronger and more competitive team as a result. Still, the team has a bit of a challenge.