2015-16 NBA Previews – Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a mix of youth and experience that will need to mesh perfectly in order to have any success in the deep Western Conference. The Wolves could be a team to reckon with in a few years but it will be difficult to keep up this season.
Minnesota Timberwolves Season Preview
Head Coach: Sam Mitchell
2014 Record: 16-66
T-Wolves Odds to NBA Title: 250/1
T-Wolves Odds to Win Conference: 150/1
The Wolves should be much improved from 2014’s 16 win season. The addition of Karl-Anthony Towns should be felt immediately. Towns is very good with his back to the basket and can step back and knock down a mid range jumper as well.
Minnesota’s young guards will very exciting to watch for a number of years going forward. Andrew Wiggins and Zach Lavine proved how good they can be in the second half of last season. Rookie Tyus Jones should adjust to the pro game pretty quickly and have an impact off of the bench.
Veteran guards Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin should do a great job teaching these young guys while Kevin Garnett mentors Towns. The mix of youth and experience could mix better than people are expecting and surprise a lot of people this season.
Minnesota has a lot of talent but a lot of their talent is young. They also play in the Western Conference where 50 wins is almost a requirement to get into the playoffs.
The inexperience will be lose the Wolves a lot of games and frustration can set in on these young guys who are used to winning.
Veterans Andre Miller, Tayshaun Prince, Garnett, Martin, and Rubio will have to do their best to keep them motivated but the struggles will likely continue all season. The future is bright for Minnesota but this year will be challenging.
Wolves 2015 Betting Prediction:
The Wolves season win betting total is 28. They have a lot of talent and throughout the course of the season they will find ways to win games. 28 is definitely a reasonable number of wins for Minnesota to hit.
The frustrations and lessons learned from losing will put the Wolves in a better position for the future and even in the second half of the year. A late season push will put Minnesota over this betting total by at least 5 wins.
Wolves Key Personnel Losses:
Gary Neal and Flip Saunders.
Neal is the only notable player that won’t return from last season’s team. Neal is a good veteran guard but nothing that can’t be replaced. Saunders was the team president and head coach before losing his fight with cancer.
He put the blueprint in place for this team. Its up to the coaches and personnel now to fulfill Saunders’s vision.
Wolves Top Newcomers:
Andre Miller, Tayshaun Prince, Tyus Jones, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Miller and Prince are two veterans that were likely brought in to help develop all of this young talent.
The expectations are obviously high for number one overall pick Towns but Jones could contribute at point guard off the bench as well.
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