This is the defining season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. After making it back into the playoffs last season, they’re looking to give it their all in their championship quest. They made the biggest splash of the offseason (so far) by trading for Utah jazz star Rudy Gobert. Their intention is clear: championship-or-bust.
Despite having high expectations of themselves, there are still many doubts about this team’s potential for success. Part of that is their inexperience: most of their players haven’t played in a deep playoff run in the NBA. Add to that the question of fit: bringing two great men together in today’s league is a pretty daring feat for any team, especially one without a proven track record like the Timberwolves.
Still, the potential for the Timberwolves to enter the 2022 season is sky high. What can we expect from these young puppies when the season officially begins? Here are some far too early predictions for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2022 NBA season.
Timberwolves far too early predictions for the 2022 – 2023 season
All Star Anthony Edwards
After just two years in the NBA, Anthony Edwards is already one of the most popular players in the NBA. The Timberwolves security guard has endeared himself to the fan base for many reasons. On the pitch he is a fierce goalscorer who is slowly developing the complementary aspects of his game. Off the pitch, Edwards is a soundbite machine, as he’s always good for at least one quotable quote from every media appearance he’s given.
One of his quotes recently made the rounds on social media. Edwards was asked what his expectations were for next season. His answer was quick and to the point: He wants to be an All-Star starter next season.
It certainly won’t be easy making the All-Star starting team next season. Edwards will compete with the likes of Stephen Curry, Nikola Jokic and LeBron James for a spot in the Western Conference pool. While we can’t guarantee a spot for Edwards, we can at least be certain that the Timberwolves star will be placed in the reserve pool for the All-Star Game.
Early fights for the Big Man duo
Let’s talk about the elephant in the Timberwolves’ room. What the heck are they doing with Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns next season?
On offense, there’s no question that both Gobert and Towns can coexist together on the floor. Towns is the league’s top shooting center today, and he’s more than comfortable showing up from across the arc. That would of course allow Gobert to play to his strengths as a rim running center on offense.
However, defense is the biggest question mark for the Timberwolves duo. Towns has struggled with defense throughout his career. He’s found some success as a primary anchor on defense, holding back in color to deny shots. However, with Gobert in the roster, Towns will most likely face more agile foursomes up front.
Chris Finch will need some more time to find the optimal setup for his new line-up. Expect the Timberwolves to drop a few winnable games early in the season.
Second round bottom for the Timberwolves
It’s hard to see the Timberwolves as genuine championship contenders this year without the questions surrounding their current roster. The talent is there, yes. However, talent can only take a team this far in the playoffs. Until they figure out how to make the most of their roster, they won’t be considered pretenders to the throne.
Still, it’s hard to see a team like the Timberwolves as a team on fire in the first round. We saw them edge the Memphis Grizzlies in the last round. Should they finish in the top 4 in the Western Conference, it’s not too far-fetched to say that the team will at least make it to the second round this year.