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Watchability Rankings: No. 16 Timberwolves
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 19, 2013 @ 2:53 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports’ Adi Joseph and Sean Highkin will be counting down NBA teams based on watchability for the upcoming 2013-14 seasons. We’ll go one team a day, from least-watchable to most, giving you an idea of what to keep an eye out for this season. Today, we continue with the No. 16 Minnesota Timberwolves:
2012-13 record: 31-51, missed playoffs
Adi Joseph’s 2013-14 record projection: 37-45, missed playoffs
Two best players (2012-13 numbers): PF Kevin Love (18.3 points, 14.0 rebounds a game), C Nikola Pekovic (16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds a game).
Overview: Last year, everything that could have gone wrong for the Timberwolves did. Love played only 18 games, and Ricky Rubio struggled coming off a torn ACL in 2012. Both are healthy now, and the Wolves have addressed their shooting woes with the signing of Kevin Martin. Re-signing Pekovic keeps Minnesota’s core intact as they attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since Kevin Garnett wore a T’wolves jersey.
WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THEM
A healthy All-Star: Love missed the bulk of last season with a broken hand, making it easy to forget that he’s arguably the best power forward in the NBA. Now that Pekovic has established himself as an upper-echelon starting center, the two will form a formidable frontcourt duo.
Ricky Rubio, Year 3: Rubio had an outstanding rookie season in 2012 before suffering a devastating knee injury. He struggled after returning last year, but is fully healthy now and has been playing for Spain in this summer’s EuroBasket tournament. Rubio’s spectacular, highlight-reel passes make the Wolves an incredibly fun team to watch.
Finally, some shooting: Last season, the Timberwolves ranked dead last in the NBA in three-point percentage, and 24th in field-goal percentage. Much of this was due to injuries to Chase Budinger and Brandon Roy. Their big offseason free agent pickup, Kevin Martin, should solve that. With the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, Martin shot 42.6 percent from beyond the arc. Budinger is re-signed and healthy, and maturity issues aside, first-round draft pick Shabazz Muhammad can shoot too.
JUST TRY TO IGNORE…
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