The team has a fierce starting five. A first round draft pick of superstar-in-the-making, “Ant-Man” Anthony Edwards along with guard D’Angelo Russell and center/forward Karl Anthony Towns to support the young upstart.
If all goes right for the T-wolves, Ant-Man could wreak some havoc on the Western Conference teams and bring the Timberwolves closer to a playoff bid, and the championship. The Minnesota Timberwolves will certainly be attracting more attention this year when it comes to placing bets on the NBA.
Good things may be on the horizon for the T-wolves. After myriad player/personnel overhauls and coaching changeups—Garnett returned; Flip Saunders took the helm again after Kevin McHale’s failed seasons; Kevin Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers—the franchise had the fortune to acquire Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins, as well as Thaddeus Young and Karl-Anthony Townes. This squad has found themselves in the W-column more often than not.
2020 saw yet more personnel shakeups. Under new ownership the team is looking strong.
The hoopster franchise from the upper midwest has seen a lion’s share of setbacks and misfortune. The curse seems to have befallen them decades ago, back when the city was home to the Minneapolis Lakers who would, after the 1960 season, up and move to southern California where there isn’t a lake in sight.
Although the Timberwolves of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference, have an intriguing, storied past, the past isn’t all that great. Their struggles began early on, from the team’s beginning (or re-beginning) in 1989 as an expansion franchise team until the mid 1990’s. But things turned around and started to become interesting for the T-wolves when they signed rookie Kevin Garnett after the 1995 draft. KG would go on to be one of the best power forwards of his generation and wind up a league MVP and subsequently become a key contributor to the Boston Celtics’ championship season of 2007/08.
The Timberwolves would sorely miss Garnett. Their efforts to remain competitive were lopsided. They would, however, find winning seasons under the direction of coach Flip Saunders, and the acquisition of Kevin Love. 2010-2014 was considered the Kevin Love era.
The young point guard posted dashing numbers in the points and rebounds columns and brought the Timberwolves closer to a conference title. They would still fail to make any kind of buzz in the playoffs—and they have not won their conference since back in the day, 2003, with Garnett.
Since then Garnett has returned and 2020 saw more personnel shakeups. The 2022/23 season is looking more promising for the team.