If you have been paying attention, you know that the Minnesota Timberwolves have a G-League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves, a team that has become instrumental in getting younger players playing time, experience, and coaching expertise. While we have plenty to unpack and digest over the state of the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA operations, isn’t it about time to pause a moment and turn our attention, as well as a bit of applause, to the Wolves?
Let’s face it, the Minnesota Timberwolves 2022-23 NBA season would have fallen far short of expectations, and short of the NBA Playoffs, if not for the versatility of the Iowa Wolves to open up their roster and rotation. That allowed the Timberwolves to transfer players like Two-Way center Luka Garza, shooting guard Wendell Moore Jr., power forward Josh Minnott, and Two-Way forward Matt Ryan to get significantly more playing time.
Iowa Wolves compete Trifecta
But it was the Wolves’ professionalism and innovative processes that brought them to the spotlight of the G League. The Iowa Wolves were honored with a pair of accolades as the team received the 2022-23 President’s Choice Award and Iowa Wolves President Ryan Grant was named Team Executive of the Year for the 2022-23 G League year.
The pair of honors by the team completed the Trifecta for the Iowa Wolves, as center Luka Garza was named MVP of the NBA G-League ‘Next Up’ game.
Thanks to coordinating with numerous community events, the Iowa Wolves set a franchise record for attendance last season. And the fact that so many key Minnesota Timberwolves competed for the Iowa Wolves helped out as well.
Even as the Minnesota Timberwolves try to reach ever higher with each new season, don’t ignore the contribution of the Iowa Wolves to get there. If not for the Iowa Wolves, the Minnesota Timberwolves progress might be going in the wrong direction.