Timberwolves depth chart
We have done some Timberwolves depth charts in the past. But this time, the goal is to highlight where the changes on the Timberwolves roster could lead to upgrades or downgrades over last season. The exercise is not intended to throw shade or accolades to former or current players.
Rather, the Timberwolves are seeking to assemble a team that covers all aspects necessary to win an NBA Championship. It was clear from the get-go that the 2022-23 Timberwolves depth chart fell far short of that mark. So, by comparison, are the Timberwolves any closer, on paper, this season?
One of the challenges that the Timberwolves face is trying to align the timing of their point guard with the rapidly rising star of Timberwolves young shooting guard, Anthony Edwards. But that is not the only challenge. Let’s take a look:
- 4 Point guards: Mike Conley Jr. | Shake Milton | Jordan McLaughlin | Two-Way contract Daishen Nix
- PG Summary: The Minnesota Timberwolves are a far cry stronger this season at point guard. Unlike the start of the 2022-23 NBA season with defensive liabilities, the Timberwolves get a facilitator, defender, and mentor in veteran point guard Mike Conley Jr. But the real upgrade lies in backup PG Shake Milton, whose 6-foot-5 stature allows the Timberwolves to get very tall in a rotational lineup very quickly. Milton is so good, that last season’s backup PG Jordan McLaughlin is not the third man on the depth chart. And keep an eye on developmental PG Daishen Nix.
- 4 Shooting guards: Anthony Edwards | Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Wendell Moore Jr | (Two-Way) Jaylen Clark (injured, returning on/about January 2024)
- SG Summary: The Timberwolves added a young Nickeil Alexander-Walker at the 2023 NBA Trade Deadline, and he has given the Timberwolves much stronger defensive options from their 2022-23 roster. Wendell Moore Jr. enters his second NBA season, which could give a boost to his production as well. But the tale of the tape this season will be all about just how much Anthony Edwards has improved this season over last season. Many NBA analysts look for him to take a huge step forward, and I think that they are correct.
While the Timberwolves backcourt may find interchangeable roles for guards, the overall picture for the Timberwolves has improved considerably over last season.