Sitting at 20-5, the Minnesota Timberwolves are considered one of the best teams in the NBA. Yes, I know, that is just an absolutely crazy thing to say, and I'm not sure it has ever been said. Yet, here we are, as they are coming off of a win over the Miami Heat on the road where they came back from down 17.
To become a great team in the league, you have to have chemistry. If anyone knows that, it's the Timberwolves; not only because they have that this year, but look in the past at some of their extremely talented rosters that featured Jimmy Butler and an old friend but had terrible chemistry, so it just didn't work.
This year, they have that and some. They have the chemistry, they have the talent, and they have the discipline. This team has everything they need to compete for it all. That is not me saying they can win it all because I still think there needs to be more proving going on. However, their elite chemistry could carry them there.
They displayed that against Miami. When Anthony Edwards was going off in the final minutes, he missed a three-point shot, and Karl-Anthony Towns got the rebound over Jimmy Butler. Instead of trying to score over him, he threw a lob to Rudy Gobert.
"I was ready to go rebound, but I saw that he saw me, and I knew he was going to throw it. It was a perfect pass, great play," Gobert said after the win over the Miami Heat
That's just all about knowing one another. There's not really much else to it.
"[Bam] left Rudy. We just had a conversation about throwing that pass from a standstill position. He told me to trust him," Towns said. "Picked a hell of a moment to trust him on that. It worked out really well."
These two didn't play well together when they first got on the same team. It wasn't because of one player being bad or one ego being too big; it was simply because the chemistry just wasn't there yet. Well, it obviously is now.