Could the Minnesota Timberwolves Make a Playoff Run This Year?
After reading the title, you might think I am just a crazy Timberwolves fan believing that this is the year.
David Kahn has put in a little more than a year as the President of the Timberwolves and his tenure has already been quite peculiar. After controversial draft picks and unorthodox trades, fans and the media wondered if this organization will ever contend for a championship, let alone make the playoffs.
The fans knew that last year was going to be a learning curve for all the young players on the roster. It was time for Kahn to see what players could fit the "Rubio" system.
Unfortunately, Minnessota's best player in Al Jefferson did not fit the system and was traded for future first round "assets." With an improved draft night and the addition of Michael Beasley, we should expect improvement.
Is it insane to believe a playoff run is remotely possible?
Here's how I see the Western Conference rankings.
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Oklahoma City
- San Antonio
- New Orleans
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Golden State
If you really think about, the west is stacked. There is one great team in LA, and two up and coming teams such as Portland and OKC.
The veteran teams like Dallas and Denver will make one more push at it with their star players. All in all, anybody believes that teams 1-14 have a good chance of making the playoffs.
Everybody except Minnesota.
People need to see a franchise wing player for clutch situations. Until we find that player, we need to find the best five players that can play competitively this upcoming season.
The biggest acquisitions this summer were drafting Wesley Johnson and trading for Beasley—for essentially nothing. The Timberwolves were hoping coming into the draft that Kahn would move up and pick Evan Turner. That would have been the franchise two-guard and would have been his best opportunity to become an all-star.
However, the Timberwolves took another wing player in Johnson. Johnson plays off the ball and tends to be a little unselfish even though he has talent to be a go-to player. I really think he could be a solid three on a contending team.
He is my under the radar pick for rookie of the year.
Beasley was considered by some as the best high school and Freshman basketball player in college, with O.J. Mayo and Derrick Rose being in the same class. He was destined to be the No. 1 pick, but character issues brought questions for the Bulls.
He fell to Miami, and has played as a supporting role as an undersized power forward to Dwayne Wade. Now that he is Minnesota, Kahn would like to move him to the small forward position.
There has been a lot of talk about him getting in great shape this summer and working on his game. He has a great opportunity to get back at his critics and become the franchise player that scouts expected him to be.
He could be the most improved player of the year.
Here's my 10-12 man rotation for the Wolves.
PG: J. Flynn (injured) L. Ridnour
SG: W. Johnson C. Brewer W. Ellington
SF: M. Beasley M. Webster L. Haywood
PF: K. Love A. Tolliver
C: D. Milicic N. Pekovic
Some people say Beasley is better at the power forward position, but you have to think an adjustment to play on the wing would be the best case scenario for the Wolves.
As you can there is a lot of talent here.
Minnesota could surprise a lot of teams and possibly push for a goal over 30 wins. Yes that will not make the playoffs, but they could definitely ruin a lot of opportunities for other teams that are in contention.
If they do not click and struggle, pray for the for a shot at winning the NBA lottery.
Freshman Harrison Barnes is a sure thing and would be a nice touch for Rubio to come to the states.
Do you guys have any trust on David Kahn Now? Thoughts? Opinions?
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