The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the few franchises in the league that can’t seem to find success. Throughout their 30 year existence, they have only been able to muster two playoff series wins; both coming in 2004.
Unfortunately, that lack of success seems likely to continue for another season. The Wolves do not have high hopes for the season in terms of contending, but perhaps can make some noise with the young core they have. However, the playoffs are still a pipe dream to most.
They are set at 34.5 wins for their over/under. Furthermore, they are -800 to not even make the postseason. There are no expectations, but maybe they can beat the projected amount of wins.
The Young Core Needs to Step Up
There is one way for this team to be better than their expectations and that is for the young core to step up in a big way. Karl-Anthony Towns has established himself as a great player in this league, despite the lack of team success. He is a scoring machine that sadly dealt with injuries last season.
Towns is the star of this team, but he has some good teammates to help the cause. One of them is his very good friend, D’Angelo Russell. Russell is a former All-Star that is a good scorer that has been moved over the last few seasons.
Russell is still pretty young and can improve on his shot selection and decision-making. Then there is Anthony Edwards, who was runner up in the Rookie of the Year voting last season.
Edwards showed flashes of someone who can be a star in this league. His athleticism, mixed with his confident approach to the game, can help transform a losing culture in Minnesota.
This young core is not just the three top players either. They have a good off the bench scorer in Malik Beasley. Jaden McDaniels showed some nice potential last year.
They also have some veterans in Ricky Rubio and Pat Beverley that can bring some veteran leadership to the squad. The roster is pretty decent on paper, but there is one thing that scares everyone.
They are the Timberwolves for a Reason
The talent on this team is not bad, but this franchise is known to lose. Bad karma tends to hang over the franchise and has been for some time now. The last two seasons saw them 23 games and 19 games, respectively.
This franchise has only had one playoff appearance since 2004, where they won their only playoff series ever. For years, they have had talent, but seem to fall just short.
35 wins might seem like a tall task for this organization. The chance is there due to talent alone. However, the likelihood of it happening is low. Betting the under seems like the way to go and the safest bet.