Derek Hanson & Staff: TWolves Blog
2. What are the team's biggest strengths? The Wolves are a young team with many holes left to fill. However, one area in which the team is well-endowed is the power forward position. With Big Al Jefferson churning out 20-10 games on a nightly basis, few teams are going to have an advantage at that spot. Also, assuming Kevin Love is that player he appeared to be in Summer League, the Wolves may just have the best power forward duo in the entire league. Given the Wolves' lack at center, it's likely that that Randy Wittman will regularly play Jefferson and Love together, and I personally can't wait to see how this combo works out. They compliment each other beautifully as they bring two entirely different skill sets to the table.
wyn: Canis Hoopus
1. What significant moves were made during the offseason?
OJ Mayo and a stash of contracts were traded to the Griz for Kevin Love, Mike Miller, and a serviceable 2nd string center with an expiring contract. Oh yeah, Brian Cardinal was in there too. At the time I called this deal highway robbery and I stand by that take. When it went down on draft night, Wolves fans were faced with two negative frames in which to place the trade into context:
a- The team just pulled another Roy/Foye trade.
b- The team that traded one of the greatest 4s of all time for Al Jefferson just picked another 4.
However, what the Wolves actually got was a player with an NBA-ready game who put up stats as a freshman that were every bit as impressive as Michael Beasley.
Andrew Thell: Empty the Bench
Being a Minnesota Timberwolves fan isn’t fun. I know. The NBA season just happens to coincide with the most dismal, dreary months of the Minnesota calendar. The climate becomes so inhospitable that it can literally burn your skin with frostbite from mere minutes of exposure. The sun goes down before you get home from work. For five months you live like some kind of troglodyte, avoiding the out of doors at all costs.
And so you turn up the heat, you don your flannel pajamas at 7:00 PM, you sit down on the couch and you watch television.