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Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions: 2010 NBA Future Lines

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Minnesota Timberwolves
Sportsbook.com Timberwolves Odds to win NBA title – 200/1
Key players added –  Darko Milicic, Luke Ridnour, Wesley Johnson (rookie), Michael Beasley, Martell Webster
Key players lost – Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Ramon Sessions, Delonte West

The Timberwolves overhauled their roster during the summer, and after failing to win more than 33 games in five straight years—including bottoming out at 15 last season—the change was overdue.

Rookie Wesley Johnson was drafted fourth overall out of Syracuse, and it’s hoped he’ll give Minnesota some much-needed scoring.

The Wolves ranked 20th in points last year, and Johnson was a dynamic scorer in college. He’s a little older than most rookies, though, so his ceiling may not be as high.

Minnesota is gambling on a handful of former top picks to turn its fortunes around. The first is Darka Milicic, who played the last 24 games of the year with Minny and is viewed by many as one of the biggest busts in NBA history. Milicic was fine enough, posting 8.3 points per game and grabbing 5.5 rebounds per night in about 26 minutes of action.

Certainly, that doesn’t live up to the expectations of being the second-overall pick, but at least he can contribute a little bit.

The second player is Michael Beasley, who certainly has a better chance turning his career around since he’s only entering his third year. Beasley hasn’t been bad, per se—he averaged 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for Miami last season, respectable enough.

He’s simply fallen short of expectations of, like Milicic, being a second-overall pick. Online Sports Betting at Sportsbook

Beasley’s transition will be eased by playing behind Kevin Love. Love was taken a few picks behind Beasley in the 2008 draft, but he’s clearly been the better player. The UCLA grad averaged 14.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game for the Wolves last year, so Minny may actually have found itself a keeper.

Luke Ridnour takes over at point guard. He’s a what you see is what you get kind of guy; not very flashy, will score a few points and dish a few balls, will make his free throws. Ridnour, who spent the past two years in Milwaukee, is serviceable as a starter, but he’d be much more valuable playing as the No. 2 point man on a good team—not the No. 1 on a very bad one.

Which about sums up the T-Wolves. Since the Kevin Garnett trade a few years ago, this team has gotten worse and worse. Finally, management blew things up and started over. The only problem is, management should have gone out the window with the rest of the bathwater.

It will be another rough year for the few remaining Minnesota fans.

Surprising stat: Minnesota was eighth in rebounding last season.
Strengths: There are some young prospects (Beasley, Johnson, Corey Brewer) with room to grow.
Weaknesses: Chemistry will be an issue with a huge roster overall. Defense was a major liability last season (29th in the NBA).
Playoffs? Don’t even think about it.
Win total projection for 2010-11: 20-25 games



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  1. This is a terrible article. Not only do you call the Wolves the grizzlies. You make mistakes by stating that this is the first time they’ve tried to blow things up since the KG trade and the fact that they need a new managment!! They’ve had 1 year with their current coach/gm!!