The people who gush about Towns’ future are right when they say he can be as good as he wants to be. But it will apparently be a while before he figures out how to make that happen.
The team has just begun the process of blazing its identity. But they have talent and they have time — the essential raw ingredients of stable growth.
There is legitimate reason for some initial concerns about the Wolves’ successive pratfalls to start the season.
What follows are the reasons it is overwhelmingly likely that 2016-17 is ground zero of a Timberwolves resurgence.
Golden State is the overwhelming favorite, and the Clippers and Spurs the most formidable contenders.
Those on the playoff bubble in the East include dramatically overhauled squads in major markets like New York and Chicago.
This season’s Wolves will play better, smarter, more consistently entertaining basketball than the locals have witnessed in well over a decade.
KG’s gaudy intensity obscured the formidable intellect that engineered his outlandish physical and emotional enterprise — and that made him the greatest defender I’ve ever seen.
The NBA created the circumstances for the biggest free-agent banquet in the history of basketball, and the Wolves were content to consume a few morsels that were swept off the table. That’s good news.
Minnesota selected Dunn. But did they really want him or was it to facilitate a trade with Chicago? Or Philadelphia? Or anyone else coveting Kris Dunn?
The big things are in place. Which means it’s easier to identify where weaknesses exist on the Timberwolves’ current roster — and how they might be addressed.
Even safe, established candidates are not foolproof. And for all their accomplishment, Thibodeau, Van Gundy and Brooks all sport red flags on their resumes.
I’m not sure Sam Mitchell was the best person to coach the Wolves going forward, but there’s a chance the team may come to regret the decision to fire him.
The win — and the role of swingman Andrew Wiggins in securing it — ratified the maturing legitimacy of the team’s cornerstones.
Looking at the kabuki theater set design against which the Wolves will close out the season.
For those willing to look more closely, Rubio has in fact been improving as a shooter for most of this season.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate what the Timberwolves power forward has wrought out of his NBA career.
To paraphrase a cliché from postseason tournaments, the Timberwolves need to understand that the prevailing mood among the faithful is, “win or go away.”