Even though the Minnesota Timberwolves have started out the season with an 0-3 record; it could easily be 3-0 as they lost all three contests by a collective total of just nine points. The lack of an errant pass or turnover; or a shot or two that rolled out going through the twine and they could be sitting atop the Northwest Division at this point.
Regular readers of these pages are well aware that I have been critical of the Timberwolves management team of Owner Glen Taylor and President David Kahn for many years. Over the past few seasons every move the pair made to try to improve the club seemed to backfire and sink them even deeper into the bottom tier of teams that inhabit the basement of the Association. They ended up in dead last this past season despite the talent they had on their roster. They then pulled a bush-league move on former head coach Kurt Rambis, waiting for months before they decided to terminate him.
After sinking to perhaps the lowest point in the franchise’s history this summer; the team appears as if it finally has a viable plan that will lead them out of the abyss and into contention for the first time in what seems like forever to T-Wolves fans. Maybe the most important move the club made during the extended off-season was the hiring of former Rockets bench boss Rick Adelman to take the reins. Adelman is the first legitimate head coach the team has had since it parted ways with Flip Saunders and already you can see a marked difference of the way the team conducts itself during games.
Kevin Love had a breakout campaign this past season and he is already showing signs that he may get even better this season. Friday night Love racked up a double-double with 25 points and 12 boards as Minnesota gave the Miami Heat a battle before falling by a final score of 103-101.
The Timberwolves also added two rookies both with high upsides as they finally signed point guard Ricky Rubio and drafted Arizona forward Derrick Williams in last June’s NBA Draft. The native of Spain who was drafted by the club in 2009, has come off the bench and averaged 8.0 points and 7.3 assists per game. Williams also playing off the bench is also averaging 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. The pair join an already talented roster that does have tradeable assets that could help them accelerate the process of becoming a contender again.
In a competitive NBA Western Conference the Timberwolves may not make the Post Season in this campaign. However for the first time in many years there is light at the end of the tunnel; which will make those cold Minnesota winters a lot more bearable for fans of the team.