2 new Timberwolves stars may be shining in north this year

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Even as the Minnesota Timberwolves were unable, or unwilling, to include any rookies in their 2022-23 NBA season rotation on opening night, this is a team that has invested quite heavily into young players. So the mirage about this team struggling going forward due to a lack of replenishing the ranks with new rookie talent may be overdone a bit.

You needn’t fear that this team is getting too long in the tooth too soon. In fact, in terms of excitement, raw NBA Talent, and a breakout season, the Timberwolves may have one of the most fertile rosters for young stars to emerge and shine this season.

The key to any NBA team’s future success, but particularly to that of a small market NBA team like the Minnesota Timberwolves, is a constant and rising cadence of enthusiasm and optimism.

We all know that the team is not just competing for relevance today, but for many years to come. The Minnesota Timberwolves front office, led by Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly, has taken great care to balance this Timberwolves roster with enough veteran presence to win now but ensure an ample supply of energetic youth to continue to improve the team’s fortunes into the future.

Not just balancing the team with the ability to score, but a dramatic ramping up of velcro-like defense as well. It’s not lost on President Connelly that scoring points fill the seats for an NBA team. But, shutting down opposing teams from scoring points fills the NBA Trophy case.

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And so, the Minnesota Timberwolves are aiming for both this season, but giving a much greater effort than ever before to adding some hardware to the trophy case. And to do that, they are entrusting two young NBA stars to rise to the occasion.