There have been a lot of movements in Minnesota over the last few seasons. They still have one of the younger cores in the game with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, but they have not been able to put together a team that can contend in the western conference. With the conference all improving, Minnesota seems to be stuck in neutral. They were able to trade up in the draft, which landed them Jarrett Culver. Minnesota will be hoping to get Robert Covington back and healthy, but will also need names like Josh Okogie to take a step forward. The Timberwolves have a tough hill to climb in the west, and need to figure out who is a part of the future.
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Minnesota continues to be in a time where they are not quite sure where to go with the franchise. The roster has young talent on it still, and Karl-Anthony Towns has proven to be one of the better centers in the game. Andrew Wiggins is tied to a hefty contract that is tough to move, and they seem to know he isn't the guy to continue to build around. We didn't see too much of Robert Covington because of the injury, but it will be interesting to see him with this group. The Timberwolves struggled on defense last season, and Covington would be a great asset for improving defensive numbers.
The backcourt remains somewhat of a mystery. Jeff Teague is aging, and has dealt with injury problems. He is not a key part of the future, and at times would give minutes to bench players because of his play. Shabazz Napier is the lone backup, but Jarrett Culver might be asked to take on a larger role in the backcourt early. There isn't a ton of depth here, and Josh Okogie isn't a lock to play big minutes. There were talks of Minnesota wanting to be active in the trade market, but nothing ever came of it. If any movement occurs, there would be a pretty good shift in minutes from the current group.
We know Karl-Anthony Towns holds down the front court, and the talks of using Covington at the four is a solid duo. Towns specializes more on the offensive side, where Covington is a three-point shooter and strong defenseman. Minnesota would be able to space the floor well with Covington at the four. They signed backup Jordan Bell from the Warriors, who gives them depth alongside Gorgui Dieng. Bell in a more full time bench role needs to be seen for what his stats could be. The athleticism is there, but we only saw a limited sample with Golden State. Dieng remains one of the more underrated backups.