Ranking the Wolves potential first-round opponents based on difficulty

These teams are ones the Wolves should hope to avoid.
Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns
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1. Phoenix Suns

The Suns are, without a doubt, the most dangerous team the Wolves could play in the first round. They have dominated the matchup over the last three seasons going 7-1 over that stretch. The Suns' ball movement and shooting prowess have been a killer for the Wolves' defense. The one way for teams to pick apart this team, the Suns are one of the better teams in the league at doing it.

Like the Wolves, the Suns are a fantastic 3-point shooting team. They are near the bottom of 3-point frequency, but shoot it at a high clip. Phoenix is the fifth-best 3-point shooting team overall and off the catch. Their ability to generate 3-point looks, although they don't shoot many, makes them such a dangerous squad come the postseason. That has been the recipe for defeating the Wolves and the Suns are Carmy Berzzatto.

There is also potential that Wolves may not have the best player in this series or even the second-best player. Kevin Durant is a top-15 player all time and Devin Booker is a better player than Edwards is. Not a slight at Edwards, the other two are just that good and have been so for a long time.

The Suns' shooting ability and their track record versus the Wolves are what make them the biggest upset potential in the first round.