Timberwolves Tall Ball options exploding this season

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The Minnesota Timberwolves (1-1) have some very tall players on their roster. And right now, that appears to be their preference. After all, the bigger they are, the tougher it is to compete against them in a game of professional basketball. The Timberwolves roster has successfully pivoted from a smaller, agile, and score-centric group of players to a taller, longer-limbed, and defensive-centric style of play.

So far, I’ve enjoyed what I’m seeing from this team.

I’m not suggesting that the Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the NBA powerhouse teams just yet. Despite the Timberwolves roster remaining relatively intact in terms of starters and key contributors, the Wolves were not that synched up last season. That means that the introduction of even a few new faces will take time to find their groove and play at an optimal level.

But the potential upside for this team is higher than it has been for some time. That is both figuratively and literally speaking:

With the addition of tall but versatile players like point guard Shake Milton and G/F Troy Brown Jr., the Timberwolves can come at their opponent every which way from Sunday.

So far this season, the Timberwolves have run a rather tight rotation of Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nickeil Alexander-Walker (in place of injured SF Jaden McDaniels), Anthony Edwards, and Mike Conley Jr, while rotating in Naz Reid and Kyle Anderson.

Over time, the Timberwolves will expand that rotation, whether to give starters more rest through back-to-backs, or simply to involve more players to share the burden of a long NBA season.

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