Minnesota Timberwolves Roster 2019 Timberwolves Roster

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The Minnesota Timberwolves thought they were set when they traded for Jimmy Butler last offseason. Pairing him with Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins was supposed to give the Timberwolves their own Big Three to help them match up with other superstar-laden teams. Now Jimmy Butler is demanding a trade out of Minnesota, and the team is beset with the related drama. Towns is still a superstar in his own right and the Timberwolves have one of the best coaches in the business in Tom Thibodeau. The Wolves can still win without Butler, but their star shooting guard takes this team to a whole new dimension. Thibodeau is notorious for wearing his players down and he gave his rotation players heavy minutes last year. This is now year three of his reign in Minnesota and it will be now or never for whether this team takes a step forward under his leadership.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Jeff Teague Jeff Teague J. Teague 0
80
#25 PG 1 6' 2" 195 30 6/10/88 10th season Wake Forest
PG Tyus Jones Tyus Jones T. Jones 1
74
#55 PG 2 6' 2" 196 22 5/10/96 4th season Duke
PG Cameron Reynolds Cameron Reynolds C. Reynolds 13
67
3 6' 8" 225 23 2/7/95 Rookie Tulane
PG Jerryd Bayless Jerryd Bayless J. Bayless 8
65
3 6' 3" 200 30 8/20/88 11th season Arizona
PG Derrick Rose Derrick Rose D. Rose 25
74
#58 PG 6' 3" 200 30 10/4/88 10th season Memphis
PG Mitch Creek Mitch Creek M. Creek 55
67
6' 6" 225 26 4/27/92 Rookie
PG Tyler Nelson Tyler Nelson T. Nelson
67
PG Egor Koulechov Egor Koulechov E. Koulechov
67
Rookie
PG Jared Terell Jared Terell J. Terell 3
66
6' 3" 227 23 2/10/95 Rookie Rhode Island
SG Josh Okogie Josh Okogie J. Okogie 20
72
2 6' 4" 212 20 9/1/98 Rookie Georgia Tech
SG C.J. Williams C.J. Williams C. Williams 12
68
3 6' 5" 226 28 2/6/90 2nd season North Carolina State
SF Andrew Wiggins Andrew Wiggins A. Wiggins 22
81
#9 SF 1 6' 8" 194 23 2/23/95 5th season Kansas
SF Robert Covington Robert Covington R. Covington 33
80
#25 SF 1 6' 9" 225 27 12/14/90 6th season Tennessee State
SF Keita Bates-Diop Keita Bates-Diop K. Bates-Diop 31
71
#86 SF 2 6' 9" 229 22 1/23/96 Rookie Ohio State
SF Luol Deng Luol Deng L. Deng 9
72
3 6' 9" 237 33 4/16/85 15th season Duke
PF Dario Saric Dario Saric D. Saric 36
79
#14 PF 1 6' 10" 223 24 4/8/94 3rd season
PF Taj Gibson Taj Gibson T. Gibson 67
77
#44 PF 2 6' 9" 232 33 6/24/85 10th season USC
PF Anthony Tolliver Anthony Tolliver A. Tolliver 43
74
#47 PF 3 6' 8" 250 33 6/1/85 11th season Creighton
C Karl-Anthony Towns Karl-Anthony Towns K. Towns 32
92
#2 C 1 7' 0" 248 22 11/15/95 4th season Kentucky
C Gorgui Dieng Gorgui Dieng G. Dieng 5
74
#47 C 2 6' 11" 252 28 1/18/90 6th season Louisville

Top Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Questions 2019

Over the offseason, Minnesota tried to create a super team of their own. Jeff Teague was signed as a free agent, then they went and traded for Jimmy Butler. Already having Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, this was expected to be a quality squad. They limped into the playoffs on the final day of the season, and rumors have come out about Butler not wanting to play with Wiggins. Minnesota has some older role players here like Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford. On paper this team looked like it was going to finish in the top half of the west, but on the court they under-performed. While the starters are always the big minute getters, Tyus Jones and Gorgui Dieng both saw more minutes down the stretch rather than earlier in the year. It will be interesting to see if Wiggins will move elsewhere, but the contract is the tough one to move.

Will the Butler Saga Overtake the Team?

The reports from Wolves' practices have centered around Butler and his demands to be traded. He has placed the singular focus on himself, and that is not a good thing in a league like the NBA where winning is largely dependent on team chemistry. The Butler situation will likely come to a head at some point during this season. He will likely be traded before the Wolves end up holding the bag with nothing. The issue is how much damage will be done to the team before that happens. Playing for Thibodeau is an intense experience even without any trade drama hanging over the team. The continuous feeding frenzy surrounding Butler's demands cannot help but have a deleterious influence on the team.

Will Andrew Wiggins Finally be a Star?

Wiggins has gone from being The Next Great Thing to an inefficient and one-dimensional player. The problem is that he is now paid as a star, but his production does not match. His offensive numbers were so-so last year and his efficiency continues to drop. The problem with Wiggins is that he is pathologically allergic to anything but shooting. He is not the type of player that Thibodeau usually succeeds in developing because Thibs usually likes to have some measure of toughness and selflessness. Wiggins has not demonstrated either of these in his NBA career. If Butler leaves town, the spotlight will shine on Wiggins as one who needs to step up to keep Minnesota afloat.

Is There Enough Ball to go Around?

The Wolves have two legitimate stars (including Butler), but several other players who need the ball in their hands. Jeff Teague has shined in his role as point guard, but he is now the fourth option on this offense. Thibodeau teams will also play at a more deliberate pace so there are less shots to distribute. The chemistry on this team was not ideal last season, and that was before Butler's trade demands. The team has 60-win talent, but it has underperformed. This is, in part, due to chemistry issues that will have to be resolved.