Timberwolves hire ‘Big Nasty’ Corliss Williamson to muster the bench

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Even as the cusp of the opening of the NBA Free Agent market approaches on the clock to merely minutes away, the Minnesota Timberwolves are reinforcing the coaching staff.  That’s right, reloading this team is more than just adding new faces to the roster. The Timberwolves are bolstering their coaching staff too. And that is good news, particularly in the fact that their new addition is ‘Big Nasty,’ Corliss Williamson.

I love the fact that the Timberwolves organization is not just standing pat, but continues to graft new talent on the Timberwolves roster and the Timberwolves coaching staff. New faces bring new ideas to the forefront and force questions about old habits that may have lost their usefulness and purpose

And so, the Minnesota Timberwolves are setting out the welcome mat for their newest coach:

So what do we know about him?

Coach Williamson could be just what the Timberwolves bench needs

He is one more NBA coach who brings a robust amount of experience to the Minnesota Timberwolves, having had chapters coaching the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, and the Orlando Magic. During his playing days, ‘Big Nasty,’ was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in the 2001-02 NBA season, and he was an offensive juggernaut, putting up a ton of points whenever he came off the bench.

The Minnesota Timberwolves struggled with their bench at times during the 2022-23 NBA season. Of course, that’s not entirely surprising, as the team was often forced to start two or three backups in the starting rotation due to injury.  But per Statmuse.com, the Timberwolves could only muster a 14th-ranked scoring bench in the 2022-23 NBA season.

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If the Timberwolves plan to compete and advance in the 2024 NBA Playoffs, they will need a better performance from the bench. It appears that the Wolves are adopting multiple strategies to enhance their bench. Not only with signing significantly talented free agents but now with the hiring of Big Nasty to the coaching staff.

Now, all we need to do is wait for the season to start.