2015-16 NBA Preview – Minnesota Timberwolves

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2014-15 Record: 16-66

2014-15 Offense: 97.8 PPG (22nd)

2014-15 Defense: 106.5 PPG (30th)

Key Additions:

  • Karl-Anthony Towns (F/C)

  • Tyus Jones (PG)

Key Losses:

  • Anthony Bennett (PF)

  • Chase Budinger (SG)

2015-16 Outlook:

The T-Wolves were terrible last year but that was probably the right move for them. Being terrible got them the number one pick in the most recent draft. Now they have Karl-Anthony Towns to go with last year’s Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins. Now that they have a nice core, will they make a run at the playoffs, or should they tank again and get yet another top pick?

Karl-Anthony Towns is a great prospect. You see how good Anthony Davis is already? Towns may be able to do what Davis does and more. I’m less sure about Wiggins though. Earlier this year I wrote about how could be the next Kobe. I meant current Kobe. The one that takes terrible shots and isn’t good enough to make them. This will be a big year for him. Kevin Durant scored a bunch of points his rookie year but didn’t shoot well either. The T-Wolves hope Wiggins can be more like Durant and less like Kobe.

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Even with Towns and Wiggins, Minnesota is not a playoff team. They might win twenty more games but that would still leave them outside the playoff race. Kevin Garnett will be a great leader and Kevin Martin is a really good veteran scorer but there’s just not enough on this team. They’ll need their other recent first round picks (Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng) to contribute if they want to have any chance at the playoffs.

2015-16 Projected Record: 33-49

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