3 reasons why Wolves’ depth is promising
The Minnesota Timberwolves have no reason to apologize for their performance in the 2022-23 NBA season, nor should the front office have any regrets over that blockbuster trade that added All-Pro center Rudy Gobert. Yes, the Timberwolves regressed a bit from the 2021-22 season. But the Timberwolves were badly banged up and yet competed in the NBA playoffs for a second consecutive season.
We recently had the opportunity to view an interview with Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch by NBA Analyst J.J. Redick, and the discussion was very insightful regarding what the team needs to do this season. So what do the Timberwolves need to improve?
The Timberwolves may or may not have adequately addressed perimeter defense in theory for last season, but it was glaringly obvious that the Timberwolves’ perimeter defense was little defense whatsoever. The team has been chipping away at upgrading their defense since that opening tipoff from a year ago and may have that puzzle solved this year. If center Rudy Gobert can reclaim his defensive prowess, the Timberwolves will be very tough to score against this season.
While the Timberwolves thought that their roster last season had sufficient perimeter shooting last season, when the season began, the team quickly realized that was not the case. Veterans who were added after the Gobert trade simply failed to deliver even their career averages. This year, I believe that the Timberwolves will not only shoot more accurate three-pointers but will take more three-point shots.
It’s tough to accept the fact that the Timberwolves struggled at the boards last season. But considering that injuries benched Karl-Anthony Towns and Taurean Prince and to a lesser extent Rudy Gobert and Kyle Anderson. With so many banged-up bigs, the Timberwolves often found themselves depending on younger players in their rotations. This season, the Timberwolves had an eye on rebounding throughout their roster, from top to bottom.
All in all, the Timberwolves front office clearly has a plan in place. Now it’s simply a matter of players staying healthy and playing up to their potential. What is the likely final record of the Minnesota Timberwolves this season? You can check that out by clicking on this link here.
It’s going to be a fun season.