The Minnesota Timberwolves are learning a very tough but important lesson: bigger isn’t always better.
Minnesota was the talk of the NBA during the summer when they initiated a monster trade that landed them center Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz.
Fans of the T-Wolves were immediately certain their team was on the way to the NBA Finals and that the rest of the Western Conference would soon cower in fear of them.
Timberwolves have a 103.9 offensive rating with KAT and Gobert on the floor together.
That would be 3rd worst in the NBA only to the Lakers and Clippers. pic.twitter.com/2jxEyX0hbT
— StatMuse (@statmuse) November 2, 2022
One of the most exciting things about the new-look team was the pairing of Gobert with Karl-Anthony Towns.
These are two of the most beloved big men in the league and people were expecting them to give appropriately big results.
So far, that isn’t happening.
Right now, the Timberwolves have a 103.9 offensive rating with Towns and Gobert on the floor together.
That is the third worst in the NBA, behind only the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.
There have been eight games and this duo isn’t performing as people expected – at least not yet.
Big Things Ahead For These Big Men
Even head coach Chris Finch hasn’t seen a lot of growth with Towns, Gobert, and the team.
Following the team’s latest loss on Tuesday, Finch was asked about the improvements he’s seen from his starters.
“Well,” he started, “there hasn’t been a whole lot of growth with that unit just yet.”
A big change like this takes time and it may be a few more weeks – or even months – before the team is exploding on the court as some people expected.
But there is a chance that the inclusion of Gobert with this team isn’t going to be a brilliant idea.
Having two big men playing with one another doesn’t always work out and that might be the case with the Timberwolves.