The tides are turning in the land of 10,000 lakes, with a bombardment of youth overthrowing an outdated core of Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger and of course Kevin Love. A core that is not compatible with today’s NBA. They say out with the old and in with the new and with 2014 #1 pick Andrew Wiggins joined by 2015 #1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns as well as young talent such as Gorgui Dieng, Tyus Jones, Zach LaVine, Aderian Payne, Shabbazz Muhammed and even the relatively ancient Ricky Rubio. They’ve also added to this mix Euroleague MVP Nemanja Bjelica, a forward who averaged 12.1 points and 8.5 rebounds for Fenerbahçe Ülker.
This is probably the most exciting lottery team we’ve seen in years and there is no doubt that the Wolves will be a contender in years to come…but therein lies the issue with their chances this season. The Wolves are still pups. Whilst they have plenty of potential, they’re still going to struggle in the present whilst the young bodies get used to the toll of NBA basketball. This model projects the Wolves to once again be the worst team in the West and it actually projects it to have the second worst record in the entire league. Al Horford’s rookie year stats have been used for Karl-Anthony Towns as he projects to be a significant player for Minnesota and Horford is a similar comparison. Ideally this season for the Wolves, they suffer no significant injuries to any of the talented kids, they develop strongly and they get a top three pick to add to their squad. And from everyone at the Point Forward Podcast, best wishes to Flip Saunders, get well soon.
Projected Record: 19-63
My Predicted Wins: 18-23
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