Minnesota Timberwolves 2010-2011 Preseason Recap: A Spades Hand
Just how much can you put into the preseason?
- Last season, the Wolves won 15 games in the regular season and had a losing record last preseason. That has to have some type of correlation.
- Last season, the Wolves lost tons of games because of effort. This shouldn't be that big of a problem this season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves led the NBA in scoring and rebounding in the preseason. The Timberwolves were second overall in 3-point percentage, sixth overall in blocked shots, ninth overall in steals, 13th overall in assists, 15th overall in free throw percentage and first overall in funnest team to watch. Ok maybe not that last one.
The best stat of them all? Having the fifth best OPP FG percent only behind the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies.
Not a bad bunch to be in right?
Considering the fact that the Wolves beat the Lakers, the Nuggets, the Bucks (twice), the Pistons and the Knicks, that's possibly four playoff teams.
Not only that, but no starters averaged more than 30 minutes a game, and the Timberwolves have a deep bench that includes Martell Webster, Wesley Johnson, Nikola Pekovic, Anthony Tolliver and very soon Jonny Flynn.
This preseason showed the analysts and the public that the Wolves are going to be a force to reckon with offensively. Even on bad showcases, the Wolves still racked up points and played hard, something that was desperately missing last season.
Can this play translate into the regular season is a huge question, but studies show that teams that have good preseason records have good regular season records.
It's just crazy how many ESPN analysts give the Wolves no credit whatsoever on their play, but there's plenty of chatter going on for the Cleveland Cavaliers squad because they are winning preseason games.
Make no mistake, the biggest thing that holds this team back will be turnovers. When they move the ball, they can defeat 26 other teams in the league.
Defense will be an issue, especially transition defense, but the Timberwolves have a variety of athletic swingman that can keep up with some of the best of them.
The chemistry is growing immensely for this young ball club, but what we haven't seen are the alley oops and spectacular finishes that are soon to come, and that's what's scary about such a young team.
Kevin Love hasn't thrown outlet passes like Tom Brady yet, and yet the Wolves still grind out wins.
Overall, a fun team to watch, but still will more than likely be in the lottery again, but if the West seriously depletes, expect the Wolves to go on a tear for the eighth seed come midseason.
They might end up short, but with a lottery pick, Ricky Rubio and another quality pick, the season after next with this team, we can really start to get back to the promise land.
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