The Minnesota Timberwolves are a franchise that has been in constant rebuild mode for decades.
In 16 out of the last 17 seasons, the Wolves have not made the playoffs.
The constant rebuilding can be tiresome for a franchise and their fans.
However, the future is somewhat bright.
They just had the first overall pick and might get another top three pick.
This season was rough with injuries, COVID issues, and even a suspension.
The writing was on the wall as soon as the season began.
Now it is time to continue on looking at the future direction of the franchise.
It is time to look at the roster and see who fits with the future outlook.
Anthony Edwards was the first overall pick in this past year’s NBA draft.
There were some concerns about efficiency and motor coming into the season, but we knew the talent was there.
He showed flashes early on, but the play overall was very poor to say the least.
Before the All-Star break, Edwards was averaging 14.9 points per game on 37 percent shooting from the field.
All of the knocks on him coming out of college were unfolding in the NBA.
However, he began to blossom over the last few months of the regular season.
Highest pull-up 3P% since the All-Star break (min >50 3PM):
40.6 — Steph Curry
38.8 — Damian Lillard
38.7 — Anthony Edwards
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 17, 2021
He skyrocketed his scoring average to 23.8 points per game on 45 percent shooting.
In the month of May, Edwards proved that he was the worthy number one pick, despite the LaMelo Ball hype train in his rear view mirror.
He averaged 27 points per game, 5.5 assists, and five rebounds per game.
The field goal percentage was at 53 percent in May after all the criticism of his shot selection.
Edwards has the potential of being the face of this franchise.
Malik Beasley is not someone that is looked at a lot around the league.
He had some off the court problems in the offseason, which is the most publicity he has gotten.
However, he is a very good scorer in the NBA.
The Timberwolves acquired Beasley last season around the trade deadline from the Denver Nuggets.
He began to put up big scoring numbers right away.
This season was going to be a continuation of that success.
Unfortunately, an injury sidelined him for most of the season.
He finished the year averaging 19.6 points per game on 40 percent from three.
The potential of being a sixth man on this team in the future is enticing
Malik Beasley on if he feels he could fit into a 6th man role on the Timberwolves:
"I'm focused on winning. So whatever the case may be for winning."
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) May 17, 2021
Beasley can be a great spot up shooter for any contender.
Hopefully the Timberwolves can have him for when that time comes.
Karl-Anthony Towns is the number one guy that the Wolves should build around.
He has been their All-Star guy the last couple of years and is still super young.
The only problem is him trying to leave soon.
As of right now, Towns wants to be a part of the organization for the foreseeable future.
— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) May 17, 2021
However, we do know how the NBA works in relation to their star players.
They can demand a trade before the ink even dries on a new contract.
The time is ticking for the Wolves.
They have what a lot of rebuilding teams desire; a potential superstar player that can carry a franchise.
Good luck to the Timberwolves and their future core.NEXT: Minnesota Timberwolves Draft Needs: 3 Players To Consider