Timberwolves depth chart (continued)
The Minnesota Timberwolves certainly feel the pressure this season. After all, this is a team that has invested heavily in the roster, and most specifically, the front court. While there is always a bit of patience needed for personnel moves to take root and bear fruit, that patience will wear thin rather quickly if the Timberwolves do not take a step forward this season.
But before you feel a panic attack coming on, that step forward will happen naturally and organically, simply by getting more than 29 games out of All-Star power forward Karl-Anthony Towns. And yet, the Timberwolves front office made some sneaky good moves to upgrade the frontcourt as well. Let’s take a look.
The Timberwolves frontcourt has a number of n
- 3 Small forwards: Jaden McDaniels | Troy Brown Jr. | Leonard Miller
- SF Summary: Will this be the year that the NBA formally acknowledges Timberwolves small forward Jaden McDaniels as one of the top defenders in the NBA? Despite overwhelming evidence to support the claim, the NBA honors seem to overlook McDaniels out of spite. Still, he has another year of stymying defense ahead of him. Perhaps this will be his lucky season? He is joined by a pair of very defensive teammates in veteran Troy Brown Jr. and rookie Leonard Miller. Both players give the Timberwolves incredible versatility this season.
- 3 Power Forwards: Karl-Anthony Towns | Kyle Anderson | Josh Minott
- PF Summary: If the Minnesota Timberwolves simply get 60+ games out of Karl-Anthony Towns this season, and nothing else changes, the Timberwolves should win 50 games. KAT is a tremendous contributor, and his absence last season in 53 games is perhaps the biggest factor as to why the team struggled so much. Both Kyle Anderson and Josh Minott return, and the Timberwolves should expect a more competitive season from Minott.
- 3 Centers: Rudy Gobert | Naz Reid | (Two-Way) Luka Garza
- C Summary: The Timberwolves extended backup center Naz Reid in the offseason, and in doing so have committed to enlarging his role to include minutes as a power forward and as a center. Some players simply do not respond to more responsibility, but Naz Reid does. I am keen on seeing what the Timberwolves do with backup center Luka Garza. Garza is a scoring phenom, but all too few ignore the fact that when he is asked to defend, he has stepped up in that regard in the past.MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES ROSTER SUMMARY
- Open roster spots – (1) 15-man roster
- Contract Summary (17)
(3) Two-Way contracts: C Luka Garza, SG Jaylen Clark, PG Daishen Nix
(14) Standard contracts: C Rudy Gobert, C Naz Reid, C/PF Karl-Anthony Towns, F Kyle Anderson, F Josh Minott, F Jaden McDaniels, F Troy Brown Jr, F Leonard Miller, SG Anthony Edwards, SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG Wendell Moore Jr., PG Mike Conley Jr., G Shake Milton, PG Jordan McLaughlin
The Timberwolves open their season against the Toronto Raptors. a team that played well in preseason and has their eyes set on a playoff berth this season. Of course, the Timberwolves have playoff aspirations this season as well.
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