The Minnesota Timberwolves are a pretty tough bunch and could possibly have the pieces to make it to the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-2004 season.
That’s right. The T-Wolves haven’t made the playoffs in the last decade. They aren’t the average NBA fan’s desired team to watch. Minnesota does not have the same market value as a team like the Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks but quite frankly, none of those factors seem to bother the guys on the current Timberwolves roster.
Let’s be real. This team could have been called the “Minnesota Loves” for the last couple of seasons because Kevin Love was the only valuable player on the team a couple of other guys are here to help Love this season.
The addition of Kevin Martin, who is known as a flat out scorer, has aided the franchise tremendously during this season. Martin was signed this offseason for one reason and that is to get…buckets! He has averaged 24.6 points in eight games this year, while shooting 55.8 % from the three-point line and 92.2 % from the charity stripe. At 6’7″, Martin uses his length very well to see over smaller shooting guards. Martin is currently 6th in the league in points per game.
Another offseason acquisition for the Timberwolves was 6’9″ swingman Corey Brewer. All 185 pounds of him! Brewer looks like a string bean out there but don’t be fooled. He can throw it down on anybody, and I mean anybody’s head without hesitation. Brewer is averaging 14.9 points and 1.9 steals per contest early in the year.
True Point Guard
Floor general and passing maestro Ricky Rubio has had a great start to his 2013-2014 campaign. He has had health issues in the past but he is 100% ready to go this year. While his 9.4 points per game average isn’t much to write home about, he makes up for that by stamping his name on the stat sheet in multiple areas. Rubio averages 9.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and a league-leading 3.3 steals per game. Rubio is one of the most flashy passers in the entire NBA and his ability to thread the needle leaves many fans around the world in awe. This 23-year-old Spaniard adds flavor to the T-Wolves, scores when necessary and is all smiles as he does what is best for the team. Can’t ask for much more from an NBA point guard.
Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic are arguably the most formidable frontcourt duo in the NBA.
Love is second in the NBA in points per game at 27.1 and is also second in rebounds with 14.2 boards per game. At 6’10” and 243 pounds, Love is a tough cover and the big guy is pretty light on his feet as well. Love is a double-double machine and has managed to have a double-double in eight out of nine games played this year.
If you think Love’s frame is impressive, then Pekovic will have you extremely shocked. The 27-year-old center from Yugoslavia is 6’11” and is a rock solid 285 pounds. By averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds, Pekovic is a great asset to the Timberwolves roster and is a serious threat in the post.
Can They Stay on the Right Path?
The Timberwolves are 6-3 at this point. They are tied for 4th place in the Western Conference. However, it is still very early in the season. Minnesota could plummet or they could get better. They haven’t exactly had the best luck in the past decade but things change. It would be pretty interesting to see this young and upcoming squad make a run for the postseason. Minnesota is drawing tons of attention to themselves with their great start. Things are looking up for this pack of starving wolves.