The Minnesota Timberwolves have stars on their roster, and, in a way, you could say they have a big three in 2023-24. Rudy Gobert is a defensive menace, has won Defensive Player of the Year Awards before, led the league in blocks and rebounds, and is a constant lob threat.
Karl-Anthony Towns is a seven-footer who can shoot it from anywhere, an all-star with improved defense as he helped shut down Nikola Jokic, and a guy who can catch fire anytime. Of course, there is also Anthony Edwards, who is the guy on this team, as he can score at will in every fashion possible and has improved as a passer and playmaker as well.
This team can be a problem, but that requires everyone to buy into their role and what head coach Chris Finch believes will work. So far, KAT has been a guy to buy into a new role that he hasn’t really been used to his entire basketball career. While he is playing that role well, there is still a lot to learn and improve. Head coach Chris Fich talked about that after the team’s win over the Utah Jazz, which helped them improve to 3-2.
“He’s an all-NBA player that we asked to move positions, and he’s still adapting,” Finch said. “And all credit to him. It’s not easy. He’s been great about it, and I know it’s at times been frustrating, but he’s learning a little bit more every day, and we’re learning a little bit more every day how we can still use him to the full effect.”
If anything, those comments should scare the rest of the league. KAT is already playing lights out, and he’s not even all the way comfortable in his role yet and still has a lot to learn. The Timberwolves have a guy who is only going to get much better, especially with how Finch has him playing. That is scary, especially for other NBA teams.
The Timberwolves are 3-2, and things don’t get easier, but they are also clicking on offense right now. If the league lets the Timberwolves get going, it’s going to be hard to stop them.