Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
The Minnesota Timberwolves have seemingly no end to players that can shoot the ball well. Three-point shooting could very well be the Timberwolves greatest asset—in fact, this lineup may be the deadliest in the league.
With these guys on the floor, there won’t be a single weak spot from beyond the arc. Look for this lineup to make their entrance when the team needs a shot to win the game.
Out of these five, only two played for the Wolves last season.
Center: Kevin Love (2012 NBA Three-Point Contest winner)
2011-12 field goal percentage (FG%): 0.448
2011-12 three-point percentage (3P%): 0.372
Even if his stats don’t loudly show the respect that Kevin Love has earned as a shooter, the results speak for themselves.
He won multiple games last season with buzzer-beaters, and his unique ability to shoot the ball from anywhere has formed him into a multi-dimensional threat for defenses. He’s going to continue to be that threat this season, which in turn makes the offense run that much better.
Power Forward: Derrick Williams
2011-12 FG%: 0.412
2011-12 3P%: 0.268
Derrick Williams doesn’t have a bad shot. Stats don’t lie, but if Williams could figure out how to be more consistent, his numbers would look a lot better.
His offensive game is set to take off this season, look out for his numbers to rise.
Small Forward: Chase Budinger
2011-12 FG%: 0.442
2011-12 3P%: 0.402
Chase Budinger currently has the best shot on the team. Forty two percent from three-point land is nothing to sneeze at and he’s going to make a big threat for teams with his ability to create offense from anywhere on the court.
Shooting Guard: Brandon Roy
2010-11 FG%: 0.460
2010-11 3P%: 0.333
Despite his 2010-11 numbers being a bit low, Brandon Roy has always been know as one of the best pure shooters in the League. Combined with his ability to get to his basket, his shot makes him impossible for opposing defenses to cover.
Now that his knees are better, his shooting percentages should start rising big time.
Point Guard: Alexey Shved
2012 Preseason FG%: 0.412
2012 Preseason 3P%: 0.375
Technically, Alexey Shved is a combo-guard. So basically, not only is he an accomplished pass-first point guard, but he shot 49 percent from three point range last year in Russia.