Expectations for the Minnesota Timberwolves have radically changed since the early success of last season, when the Timberwolves exceeded all expectations.
Big changes have been made to the roster this offseason. Good changes, changes that are going to impact the team going into next season.
For one, the team is remarkably young. The average age of the starting roster is just 26 years old. Andrei Kirilenko is the oldest member at 31, and the youngest is stud point guard Ricky Rubio, who is entering his second season in the NBA (and his eighth season playing professional basketball) at just 21
For two, take a look at the starting lineup. Going down the list, we have Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love, Andrei Kirilenko, Brandon Roy, and of course Ricky Rubio.
Try naming the weak link on that list—there really isn’t one. Granted, the Wolves aren’t the Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Lakers, but they very deliberately have created a highly efficient, finely balanced roster.
So how good can they really be? I’m going to go through the list of realistic expectations/goals that the Timberwolves have going into the 2012-13 season.