While the Timberwolves have had an intriguing offseason with the hiring of a new coach and the whole Ricky Rubio buyout situation, recently I looked at the Timberwolves roster, and the roster is stacked with young talent.
The backcourt is covered; through the draft the Timberwolves acquired two young guards in Jonny Flynn,point guard from Syracuse, and the much hyped Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio. The T-Wolves get two young guards, and whether you play them at the same time or not, you have two more than capable distributors to feed the ball to Al Jefferson and Kevin Love in the paint.
Speaking of Big Al and Kevin Love, the Timberwolves may have the best front court on this list; in fact they have one of the best front courts in the NBA.
Al Jefferson is probably the best scoring big man in the league.
A force in the post, he posses beautiful post moves, and an automatic hook shot.
Jefferson fell to injuries last season, however, look for Jefferson to come back strong next season. He’s still very young, and look for him to be the go to guy next year because he will be even more dangerous with the two young point guards feeding him the ball down low.
The other guy in the post, Kevin Love is an absolute beast in the paint. Love averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds per 36 minutes. Look for Love to be a top five rebounder in the league. Love and Jefferson both look like they’ll form a great front court for years to come if both stay healthy.
The Timberwolves are also going to have a lot of cap space in 2010, the plan is going to be to give a second tier free agent an offer he can’t refuse, like what the Magic did to Rashard Lewis, think of a T-Wolves team with what they have right now, and one of the 2010 free agents.
While the Timberwolves struggled last season, during the month of January the team was red hot, then Al Jefferson went down, don’t be surprised if this team does some things down the road, as they are one of the best young and upcoming teams.