Initial Report Card Grades for Every Key Minnesota Timberwolves Player

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Initial Report Card Grades for Every Key Minnesota Timberwolves Player
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The Minnesota Timberwolves got off to exactly the start for which their fans hoped. Sitting at 7-4, the Wolves were in good shape.

Then their .521 opponents' winning percentage started to catch up to them. But such is life in the Western Conference, where all but two teams have a good enough record to make the playoffs in the East.

The Wolves have lost five of their past six games and have fallen to 8-9 on the season, but really, that's not the worst thing in the world. There are positives to draw from Minnesota's start to the year.

Kevin Love is looking healthy and is playing as well as ever. Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic seem like solid players with which the franchise can move forward. Meanwhile, Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer have been two of the best value free-agent signings of the summer.

The problem comes when you get to the bench. The starters have been great. Minnesota tends to get off to quick starts, dominating in first quarters, but once the bench comes in, competition starts to neutralize. 

J.J. Barea hasn't had a great season. Neither has Dante Cunningham. Neither has Robbie Hummel. Or Alexey Shved. Or, clearly, Derrick Williams.

It's still early, but through 17 games, here are individual grades for each of the Timberwolves' best 10 players so far this season:

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