3. Space the floor
Minnesota’s offense is struggling because the floor is crowded. Rudy Gobert is strictly an inside finisher and is often clogging up the paint. His presence makes it harder for Anthony Edwards and the Wolves to attack.
Ant-Man is taking just three free throw attempts per game so far, which is down from 5.3 last season. It is because just 11.1 percent of his shots have come within three feet of the basket, which far below his 29.1 percent career rate. If Edwards is taking more mid-range jumpers, he will not draw as many fouls and cannot get easy buckets at the cup.
The Timberwolves started their first two games with two subpar shooters on the floor, but Jaden McDaniels is finally healthy. The 6’9 forward is a key contributor on both ends, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s minutes fell to 13 against the Hawks. Chris Finch needs to keep shooters on the floor and make sure there is room to attack.
Mike Conley has not hit his shots, but those are coming. The Minnesota Timberwolves should be more worried about the production of Karl-Anthony Towns if they want to ensure their offense can thrive with a properly spaced floor around Rudy Gobert.