In this edition of SHED’s Block, we talk about the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin Garnett is back in Minnesota! How fitting for the end of his career. After getting a chance to experience his first game being back in a Timberwolves jersey, I am convinced that he will have an even bigger impact on the young players on the team. I felt his intensity from my seat, so I know that his teammates feel it. He may not be the same player he once was, or even play that long, but his passion and knowledge will provide a spark for this team.
This all happened at the right time too. They are building a new future with players like Andrew Wiggins, Zach Lavine, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng and the investment they just made in Ricky Rubio. These young guys don’t necessarily know how to play together yet, but you have already seen each one of them getting better, which is a great sign.
Wiggins is running away with the Rookie of the Year award and he is gaining more and more confidence in his game as the season progresses. It seems like he adds a different move to his arsenal every week. Lavine can obviously dunk the hell out of the ball (Dunk Contest Champion), but he has also shown signs of being able to take over a game (check the Lakers game). He needs to develop his left hand though. Muhammad is a lot better than he was his rookie season and is a more confident scorer. Dieng has plenty of room to grow as a big man, but has the skill set to be a reliable threat. Rubio is the only piece that is a question mark right now. He is a great distributor and also a good defender, but just like Rondo, he needs to develop his jump shot, but that may come since he is only 24.
Plus the Timberwolves will have another Top 5 pick in this year’s draft so they can get even more talent!
Like I mention in the video, I see the Timberwolves like a young Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder built their powerhouse from the draft and the TWolves are doing the same. In comparison Wiggins is equivalent to Durant, Lavine is equivalent to Westbrook, Muhammad is equivalent to Harden, and Dieng is equivalent to Ibaka. There are other pieces to the puzzle, but this team has the foundation to be something great. The front office just has to make sure the core stays intact and that they are allowing these guys to grow together.
Having KG in the fold now to mentor these guys and guide them to being stars in the NBA is just what they need. Then if he moves into the GM office, he will do what he can to make sure the ship keeps sailing towards being a contender. Believe me when I say this, their time is coming…