2013-14 record: 40-42
Third place, Northwest Division
Did not make the playoffs
2014 Draft Picks: Round 1 - Pick 13 | Round 2 - Picks 40, 44, 53
TRADE 1: Minnesota Timberwolves acquire cash considerations from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for No. 44 pick Markel Brown.
Areas of Strength
Center. That’s what this has to come to for a franchise that harbored so much hope over the last two seasons. The most promising part of the team now rests at the center position with Nikola Pekovic and the emergence of 20113 draft pick Gorgui Dieng, who could perhaps make the skilled Pekovic available.
Stability. The Wolves have issues on several levels, the most pressing being the future of All-Star power forward Kevin Love, who reportedly has told the club if he’s not traded he’ll leave as a free agent in 2015. Then there’s the issue of not having a coach and a point guard in Ricky Rubio who seemed to digress last season.
Two Stats That Matter
9.5: Ricky Rubio’s 2013-14 scoring average was the lowest of his career, which was a disappointment after working hard to come back from ACL surgery. His shooting percentages, although career-highs last season at 38.1 percent overall and 33.1 percent from beyond the arc, are still worrisomely low.
10.5: The Wolves averaged 10.5 points per 100 possessions more with Kevin Love on the floor than when he was on the bench. That’s the type of production they’re going to have to somehow replace if they can’t convince him to stay.
The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
Amid the endless possibilities swirling over the future of Kevin Love in the Twin Cities, the Timberwolves at least have the certainty of the one lottery pick, No. 13. There should be power forwards in that range, including Adreian Payne and Clint Capela, before a big dropoff at the position. A team that continues to look for shooting would also have to consider Nik Stauskas, Rodney Hood and, with extensive background checks after his suspension at North Carolina, P.J. Hairston. Minnesota hits the jackpot if Doug McDermott, a possibility as high as Sacramento at eight, falls just far enough.
2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 105.6 (10th)
Defensive: 104.1 (14th)
G: J.J. Barea
F: Corey Brewer
F: Chase Budinger (player option)
C: Gorgui Dieng
F: Robbie Hummel (qualifying offer)
F: Kevin Love
G: Kevin Martin
F: Luc Mbah A Moute
F: Shabazz Muhammad
C: Nikola Pekovic
G: Ricky Rubio
G: Alexey Shved
F-C: Ronny Turiaf
F: Dante Cunningham
C: Chris Johnson
G: A.J. Price
Recent Draft History
2013: Trey Burke (9, traded to Utah), Andre Roberson (26, traded to Golden State), Lorenzo Brown (52), Bojan Dubljevic (59)
2012: Robbie Hummel (58)
2011: Derrick Williams (2), Donatas Motiejunas (20, traded to Houston)
2010: Wesley Johnson (4), Luke Babbitt (16, traded to Portland), Trevor Booker (23, traded to Washington), Paulao Prestas (45), Hamady N’Diaye (56, traded to Washington)
2009: Ricky Rubio (5), Jonny Flynn (6), Ty Lawson (18, traded to Denver), Wayne Ellington (28), Nick Calathes (45, traded to Dallas), Henk Norel (47)
2008: O.J. Mayo (3, traded to Memphis), Nikola Pekovic (31), Mario Chalmers (34, traded to Miami)
2007: Corey Brewer (7), Chris Richard (41)
-- Jeff Caplan
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