NBA Podcast: Minnesota Timberwolves Complete 2012-13 Season Preview

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorSeptember 11, 2012

Kevin Love has more help in Minnesota than he's ever had before...
Kevin Love has more help in Minnesota than he's ever had before...Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves have finally built a deep roster around Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, but can they stay healthy enough to finally return to the postseason?

In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Wolves.

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Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko are both former All-Stars who began to wane noticeably due to health and consistency problems. Can they turn back the clock and form a well-balanced lineup next to Rubio, Love and strongman center Nikola Pekovic?

How long before Rubio can return from his knee injury? Can Luke Ridnour, JJ Barea and Alexey Shved hold down the point guard spot until then?

If Roy misses significant time, will Ridnour, Barea, Shved or Chase Budinger be the answer at the two?

Can last year's No. 2 pick, Derrick Williams, advance his career, winning meaningful minutes on a suddenly-crowded bench? 

This is the deepest Wolves team since the 2004 version that went to the Western Conference Finals with Kevin Garnett. Yet, how long will it take for Rick Adelman to train so many new faces and figure out a rotation? 

Finally, can All-Star Kevin Love improve on his MVP-like numbers from last year, and what will it take to keep him in Minnesota for the long-term?

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