2023-24 NBA Season Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a team on the rise, that could actually compete in the 2023-24 season. The Timberwolves made it into the playoffs with a record of 42-40 a season ago. Reasonably, losing out in the first round of the playoffs to the Denver Nuggets. The addition of Rudy Gobert seemed to be a positive one, with two big men who essentially have a different style of play. Karl-Anthony Towns got hurt last season and missed some time.

With everyone healthy and Anthony Edwards playing out of his mind over the summer, the Minnesota Timberwolves could turn some heads in the 2023-24 campaign. The Timberwolves made the right amount of moves that they needed to bolster their roster.

Key Additions:

Troy Brown Jr.

While still just 24 years old, Brown is a player that fills many categories for teams. Outside of his second year in Washington, he hasn’t really had the chance to shine but he gets his job done without hesitation. Last season with the Lakers, Brown averaged 7.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Shake Milton

This might be the opportunity that Milton has been hoping for. The Wolves needed perimeter shooting off the bench and that’s exactly what Milton can offer. With a career .365 shooting percentage from deep, he’ll definitely be given the opportunity in Minnesota. He can also serve as a playmaker in a backup role.

Key Losses:

Austin Rivers

Sure, he struggled mightily in his first season with the Timberwolves but he’s an NBA vet who has served as a good backup point in the past. Theres always the chance that he could bounce back.

Jaylen Nowell

The former second-round pick was a big part of the Timberwolves offense last year. Though not the best shooter in the world… Nowell still averaged 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2 assists a season ago off the bench.

Projected Roster:

Starters: Mike Conley, Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Towns, Gobert

The Timberwolves are running it back with the same lineup. Although it feels like it is improved with what we saw from Edwards on Team USA and if they’re getting a fully healthy Towns.

Bench: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Milton, Kyle Anderson, Brown Jr., Jordan McLaughlin, Naz Reid, Luka Garza, Wendell Moore Jr., Jock Landale, Leonard Miller

Theres a lot of scoring threats coming off this bench unit, which could be a disaster for whoever they face.

Season Outlook:

If Towns can stay healthy theres no question that this could be one of the best rosters in the western conference. In fact if the Timberwolves want to be successfull, the trio of Edwards-Towns-Gobert need to play more to play more than 26 games together. The West is too deep to survive if your best players aren’t healthy. I would expect the Timberwolves to 45-37 and make it into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed.

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