Wolves were dropping like flies for all of last year. At different points throughout the season, Minnesota lost Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Chase Budinger and Brandon Roy. Those are impact, rotation players.
It was a lost season in Minneapolis, one that never saw the Wolves' three best players (Pek, Love and Rubio) take the floor at the same time. Imagine if any other team had to do that.
Imagine if Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James never spent a minute together on the floor. Imagine if Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan never once got to ball out all at the same time. Imagine if Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Mark Gasol waved goodbye to each other before the season even started.
That was the problem in Minnesota last year. It wasn’t just the myriad of injuries; it was the timing of them all.
The Wolves were never at full strength—and it was frustrating because that could have been a playoff team. That could have been a team that competed. It was like the basketball gods were giving the Wolves their karmic justice for something they had never even done.
It was relentless. Even players, who signed midseason as replacements for injured players went down. RIP Josh Howard’s knee.
A new year, though, means a fresh start and a fresh start means a healthy roster in Minnesota for the first time in two seasons. The Timberwolves actually have a chance to make the playoffs. Here’s a look at the players, ranked from worst to best, that can help take them there: