There has been plenty of hype surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, and although they’re struggling a bit, they’re one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA right now.
They look somewhat different than they did last season, and many feel they have a shot at getting closer to the upper echelon of the league.
There are three reasons in particular to tune in and watch the Timberwolves this season.
1. How Will Rudy Gobert Fit In?
Minnesota gave up an awful lot to get Rudy Gobert, a three-time All-Star center, and many eyeballs have been fixated on him to see how he will mesh with his new team.
He’s arguably the best shot-blocker in the NBA, and he has led the league in rebounds per game in each of the last two seasons.
Gobert has the ability to make the Timberwolves a very strong defensive team with his ability to deter opposing players from getting into the paint and taking shots at or near the rim.
However, the concern with him is his lack of an offensive game, as other than fast breaks, lob passes and put-backs, he doesn’t have any real one-on-one skills, and it is something that, at times, forced him off the floor during the playoffs as a member of the Utah Jazz.
2. Will Karl-Anthony Towns Take The Next Step
For the last several years, Karl-Anthony Towns has been a very good player, but there has been a perception that there has been something lacking and that he isn’t quite a franchise player.
So far this year, he’s averaging just 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting only 41.0 percent from the floor.
It’s a very small sample size, but he needs to step things up big time.
3. Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars, not to mention one of the most confident young stars around.
Back-to-back 30-point games for Anthony Edwards!
30 PTS, 11 REB (68% FG)
30 PTS, 5 REB (52% FG)pic.twitter.com/aPPiF2EVOM
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 24, 2022
He’s off to a somewhat slow start this year, but after a very strong postseason last spring, many are excited to see the growth he may ultimately show this season.