The Minnesota Timberwolves in the Playoffs May Happen Soon

Ethan WeiserCorrespondent IMarch 10, 2010

Let's say that the Wolves get a high first-round pick.

Let's say that the Wolves sign a pretty good free agent.

Let's say that the Wolves acquire Nikola Pekovic, and he becomes as good as expected.

What would happen to the Wolves? They'd get a whole lot better than some other teams in the league.

The highlight of the Wolves' rebuilding process is this new found direction. The Wolves know what they want out of their current roster, who to use, who to sit, who plays well, and who could be a star.

This is more than you could say of some other bad teams.

The Timberwolves were on the decline a few years ago, while there were a lot of teams thriving. Now, there are a lot of teams that are starting to see a need to rebuild.

That's a lot of teams, and each one of those teams will no longer be successful with their current core group of players.

This puts the Timberwolves a step ahead of these teams.

The Wolves have hit (or are currently hitting) rock bottom, and now have nowhere to go but up. Plus, with all of these other teams going down, it's going to be easy to bounce off of them back up to the top.

Granted, only the San Antonio Spurs will be giving up their Western Conference playoff seed soon, but so will the entire team of players over-30 Mavericks. They just aren't in the rebuilding column.

If you look at the young teams that will soon dominate the West, it would go like this:

  1. Portland Trailblazers
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. Well, there isn't really a fourth...

You could make the argument that the Rockets and Nuggets aren't going anywhere soon, but they aren't young teams either. Chauncey is 33; Yao is 29; Kenyon Martin is 32; and Luis Scola is 29. These, are the ages of Kevin Garnett, Marquis Daniels, Paul Pierce, and Tony Allen respectively, if you get my drift.

The Timberwolves' sense of a direction puts them above a lot of the other teams in the league.

This year we experienced the fall of Houston, and New Orleans, who were removed from playoff contention, and watched Oklahoma City, and Memphis rise to compete for the lower seeds.

When Phoenix and San Antonio make their highly anticipated falls, don't be surprised if the Timberwolves are a team fighting for it.