Timberwolves believe that they can win this year, but can they?

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The Minnesota Timberwolves’ overarching strategy this off-season is pretty simple – bring ’em back and let’s see how it goes this year.  That is not so much a strategy as it is a resolve to stick to last year’s plan and see it through. But the question is, what is the end game?  After all, we know that, due to injuries and a lack of continuity, the Timberwolves roster never really seemed to put it all together.

So despite the major shakeups and the long drawn-out plans, the Timberwolves 2022 season concluded with a grade of incomplete. But what the Timberwolves’ front office did manage to accomplish is a starting lineup that seemed to play much more effectively together. Now the team needs to give them the time to form solid chemistry.

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And that appears to be just what Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly intends to do, give his starting-five more time to compete together:

That pivots the ‘Let’s see,’ to a wait-and-see effort from the fans, but is it warranted? Should fans fall in line in support of this year’s iteration of the Timberwolves roster? Or does this new group of players carry the same burden of plenty-of-unrealized potential that had plagued the Timberwolves in the recent past?

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Well, there is a new sheriff in town now. No, I’m not talking about Wolves President Connelly, but rather their young star shooting guard Anthony Edwards. He has become a template for the Timberwolves roster, and it has allowed the team to key on gritty, hard-working players in both the 2023 NBA Draft and the 2023 NBA Free Agency market.

So what will the Timberwolves face as major hurdles this season?