|2012-13 Team Ratings|
|22nd Overall||13th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 22
Kevin Love could fail this whole group alone for breaking his hand doing knuckle pushups. Who does knuckle pushups? But that'd be highly unfair to the emerging Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko and even Dante Cunningham.
Ricky Rubio missed all but 13 games, leaving Luke Ridnour as the primary ball handler. He's done an admirable job, but initiating offense has been tough despite the efforts of J.J. Barea and impressive rookie Alexey Shved.
The Wolves rank 11th in defensive scoring, which is fine, but they also rank 19th in defensive field-goal percentage, which needs to improve. Of course it doesn't help when you don't have Love and two primary perimeter defenders are under 6-feet.
With 13 players making at least one starting appearance, all the Wolves' bench guys have seemingly had to become starters along the way due to massive injuries. Derrick Williams has shown flashes, but mostly has unimpressed.
Rick Adelman had to be in Coach of the Year chatter for much of the first half, but the unfortunate hospitalization of his wife has taken him away from the team, and combined with ongoing injuries, the Wolves have fallen off.
Really, this MASH unit deserves an Incomplete, but hey, this is the NBA and nobody's going to feel sorry for you. This is a tremendously disappointing season for a franchise that believed it had the makings of not only a playoff team, but one that could possibly do some damage. Instead, it's been one injury after the next, from Rubio's long-awaited return and subsequent slow progression, to Love's twice-fractured hand, to Brandon Roy to Chase Budinger to Malcolm Lee to other day-to-day-type injuries.
At times playing without five regulars, the Wolves did a near-miraculous job to stay in the hunt for the first two months. But it's been just too tough mentally and physically to hold up. With Love not returning until at least the end of March and Rubio struggling to regain his quickness, it's going to take a near-miracle for this club to remain in playoff contention.
-- Jeff Caplan
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C-|
|New Orleans Hornets||C-|
|New York Knicks||A-|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|