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Without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, the T-Wolves could be in for a repeat of 2011-12.
2011-12 W-L Record: 26-40
Key Additions: Andrei Kirilenko, SF; Brandon Roy, SG; Chase Budinger, SF; Alexey Shved, G; Dante Cunningham, PF; Greg Stiemsma, C
Key Losses: Michael Beasley, SF; Anthony Randolph, PF; Martell Webster, SG; Wayne Ellington, SG; Wesley Johnson, G/F
Entering the 2012-13 NBA season, expectations were high for the Kevin Love-led Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately for Rick Adelman and company, at least the first month of the regular season will be spent without Love.
And point guard Ricky Rubio.
With their two best individual players sidelined, it is virtually impossible to temper the concerns surrounding the T-Wolves. Considering six of their rotational regulars will be new additions to the roster, chemistry becomes an equally as concerning aspect of this talent depleted Wolves team.
Although the team should be able to maintain a .500 record with the talent they possess, losing their two leaders certainly damages their postseason chances. It also proves that this team is not ready for the regular season.
Keep in mind, the Timberwolves lost 21 of their final 26 regular season games in 2012. Although fans will claim that the losses came by virtue of injuries to Love and Rubio, that is the same situation that they are placed in right now.
Although the arrival of Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy offers hope, neither player has seen a minute in an NBA game in over a full calendar year. They might hit their stride at some point this season, but the learning curve could be a severe hindrance.
Head coach Rick Adelman will have this team as prepared as possible. The question is, how prepared could they possibly be with the weapons they possess?