2012-2013 Northwest Division Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

October 16 [Tue], 2012, 17:04
2010-11 result: 26-40 overall, 5th in the Northwest Division

Key Departures: Wes Johnson, Mike Beasley, Anthony Randolph, Darko Milicic, Martell Webster

Key Acquisitions: Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger, Alexey Shved, Dante Cunningham

Outlook: There absolutely are two means to see the 2012-’13 Minnesota Timberwolves, or at atomic two actual believable scenarios that I could see advancing to fruition. Allow me to busy below.

The aboriginal book is a “perfect world” scenario. In this absolute world, Brandon Roy’s knees are rejuvenated, Andrei Kirilenko carries over his solid International play from the accomplished ten months, and Alexey Shved has a seamless alteration until Ricky Rubio allotment after missing a beat. With the arrival of aptitude and gambles-gone-right, the Timberwolves accomplishment 2nd in the Northwest and acknowledgment to the playoffs for the aboriginal time aback the 2004 Western Conference Finals. And again even David Kahn is acclaimed for demography the risks in signing a brace chancy players that helped accord the aggregation a playoff berth.

The added book is the “Doomsday” scenario. Secretly, I accept every Timberwolves has this book in the aback of their mind, whether or not they’ll accept as abundant is an absolutely altered story, however. Doomsday entails accepting to watch Brandon Roy’s knees breakdown up abutting for 41 games, Andrei Kirilenko proving to be thoroughly washed-up, and Shved disturbing in accession to Rubio missing a footfall in his return. In turn, the Wolves (hopefully) accomplishment second-to-last advanced of Portland in a disappointing, “Well, there’s consistently next year”-type season. In this case, if they absence the playoffs, I assumption annihilation absolutely changes for Kahn.

In all likelihood, the ’13 Timberwolves accomplishment about in between. They accept to abeyant to accomplish the playoffs, and maybe accomplish a run, but with them relying on so abounding unknowns (Roy, Kirilenko and Shved) it’s difficult to say for assertive that they will accomplish that run. Because of their age and accepting so abounding new faces it may be a lot of astute to say they accomplishment third abaft the Nuggets, and be a abeyant sleeper aggregation in the playoffs. Nonetheless, they seemed to accept bigger and upgraded endure year’s roster, which arguable for a playoff atom until Rubio went down. Or so it seems they’ve upgraded, anyway.