How many Top-20 scorers can Timberwolves boast in 2023-24?

Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

While the common theme with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ new players this off-season has focused on their defensive prowess, the Timberwolves will still need to put points on the scoreboard. And with the complete turnover that continues to impact the Timberwolves roster, perhaps it’s time to settle in and assess where the points will come from this season.

Before we tackle that speculation and projection, perhaps the best place to start for the Timberwolves offensive output is to take a quick review of the best scorers in the NBA today.  As you can see, the Top-Fives NBA scoring leaders ended the season well over 30+ points a game:

Do the Timberwolves have any players capable of reaching that scoring plateau? Well, based on the Hoop Muse list above, the Timberwolves’ two top scorers are SG Anthony Edwards (24.6 points per game) and PF Karl-Anthony Towns (20.8 points per game).

Can two Wolves break the 30+ PPG scoring barrier?

Now, would you believe me if I told you that both Edwards and Towsn are capable of averaging more than 30+ points in a season? Here’s why I believe that both could conceivably score more than 30+ points per game this year.

Edwards is the more logical of the two to reconcile to that level of scoring. After all, he proved that he could sustain 30+ points per game in Round 1 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets. With his ability to put up that level of offense against the NBA Champions, there should be no reason why he cannot continue to score at that same level this season.

The trickier aspect of the equation is the upside of Karl-Anthony Towns this season. Historically, he has gotten close to that 30+ mark over his career. So how can he hope to do so this season? Well, we know that with the addition of center Rudy Gobert, Towns will have more opportunities to focus on scoring. That should give him the wiggle room to bolster his already formidable offensive output.

If all the dominoes fall the right way, he could salvo the basket with 30+ points of his own. While that is not a certainty, the possibility is simply one more reason for optimism this season.

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