The Minnesota Timberwolves had one of their most successful seasons in recent memory in 2011-12. While the end record of 26-40 didn't reflect it, the Timberwolves were competing for a playoff spot until Ricky Rubio tore his ACL on March 11.
For the first time in a long time, the Timberwolves have exciting players to build around such as Rubio, emerging center Nikola Pekovic and superstar forward Kevin Love.
The Timberwolves are still a long way from appearing in the NBA Finals, but they do have the foundation set to become a competitive team in the future. If the Wolves could make the playoffs in 2012-13, it would be a huge accomplishment for a franchise that hasn't seen the playoffs since 2004.
For that to happen, several things must go down for the team that has been a laughing stock of the NBA for the past decade.