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Anton Schieffer

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Posted on 10/29/14 at 11:39 am in response to Reality Bites: the Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 season preview

The whole "win now vs. develop young players" trope often strikes me as a bit of a false dichotomy. No coach intends to put anyone on the floor who doesn't deserve to be there in some way. Obviously since Flip is also POBO he can steer this ship a bit more than just a coach, so it will be interesting to see how the rotation shakes out after a couple of weeks.

That said, it's fairly certain that Ricky Rubio will most impact the wins and losses of this team. And his play is possibly...

Posted on 10/29/14 at 01:08 pm in response to Reality Bites: the Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 season preview

With a team this young and inexperienced, the line between the two matters less (as opposed to, say, finding minutes for Bazz last year). I tend to think of playing role players like Mo Williams is more of an experiment in synergy rather than a judgment/comparison of the player he was selected over, especially since we're always going to have an inexperienced player or two on the court this year. I just don't think those two ideas are so mutually exclusive on this year's Wolves, and some...

I honestly can't remember the last time anyone said the West wasn't going to be competitive. What's interesting is that there were far fewer impactful personnel moves among top-tier teams than in the past. Dallas picked up Chandler and Parsons (and lost Marion and Carter), but other than that, most teams kept their core.

I'm not sold on the Clippers being a team that can go deep, and I can't really explain why. I don't like Blake's style of play (I also hated Shaq's), and the...

Posted on 10/27/14 at 12:33 pm in response to Britt Robson's NBA preview: Eastern Conference

While I agree with lots Britt has written here, it's only natural (and fun) to point out the things I disagree on. For starters, I think the Cavs have better depth than advertised (except at the guard position, but it sounds like LeBron will be playing "smaller" than he was at Miami - which I think is a short-term mistake but will lead to less wear-and-tear on his body) and will probably be in the #1 seed when all is said and done. While I also like the Bulls because of their deep front...

Posted on 10/27/14 at 03:27 pm in response to Britt Robson's NBA preview: Eastern Conference

My site is still up, but neglected. I have too many other interests to write on a regular basis, and I'd rather just chip in here where there's already an audience. (I'm uncharacteristically down on the Wolves this year too, but I'll save that for your Wolves preview)

I think the Bulls new pieces, including Rose, will make Dunleavy look better - I've always had a soft spot for teams with multiple big men who can pass, like Divac and Webber, or KG and Oliver Miller. I just think...

Posted on 08/29/14 at 11:49 am in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

The love of the mid-range jumper is one thing I'm very concerned with. Obviously that's not Rubio's game, but it's right up the alley of both Wiggins and LaVine, and I'd be foolish to think that Flip might nip those tendencies in the bud. Wiggins especially loves his own 20-foot step back jumper, but fortunately seems to use it sparingly, judging by his ability to get to the line.

Posted on 08/25/14 at 12:54 pm in response to Yes, it's OK to feel good about the Timberwolves right now

After reading about the other offers prior to the draft, there's no doubt this is the best outcome we could've hoped for. Obviously Wiggins is the prize here; no one else could offer anything close that didn't come with strings attached (like David Lee's defense or even Klay Thompson's future contract, if GS was willing to part with him).

Like Britt, I'll reserve enumerating the downsides of the team for a future comment, but this year's squad needs to be all about chemistry if we...

But I do consider myself an "analytics" guy - which, when it comes to drafting from the college level, is much less cut-and-dry than comparing metrics at the NBA level. The obvious case of this was that of Derrick Williams, who was a very efficient scorer in college, but that efficiency metric rarely translates to the pros. I intentionally shielded myself from lots of draft data this year knowing that the Wolves organization would never act on in (I mostly watched the top-rate Draftexpress...

Count me among those disappointed with this move. Unlike some other fans, I never took the possibility of Flip taking the coaching reins very seriously (revealing my naivety/optimism). I had assumed that Taylor wanted someone he could trust to run the front office, reducing his own role without worrying about second-guessing Saunders' decisions. When I read here that Taylor didn't want Saunders in this dual role, I assumed that it would never happen.

I was hoping for an outsider to...

Posted on 05/27/14 at 11:00 am in response to Joerger? Good riddance. Which coach should the Timberwolves target now?

No one we can hire will have the pedigree of Rick Adelman. No coach is going to stop Kevin Love from leaving, or stop the Wolves form getting pennies on the dollar for him. Yet the optimist in me knows that a fresh outlook can create something beautiful with our seemingly mismatched color palette. Even without Kevin Love, whose all-around play I will sorely miss, there are plenty of bright spots for this team. A good coach should be able to capitalize on strengths and gloss over...