|2009-10 Team Rating|
|29th Overall||28th Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
Team USA member Kevin Love is the focal point, but Michael Beasley was brought in to beef up the attack. Is Darko Milicic finally free ... of expectations?
Took a hit with surgery for second-year playmaker Jonny Flynn, out possibly into December. Steady vet Luke Ridnour slides in with an improving Corey Brewer.
Nowhere to go but up for one of the worst defensive teams last year. Athleticism is there to make progress but effort needs to improve.
Rookie Wesley Johnson and second-year man Wayne Ellington are the two best scoring options from a thin second team. Nikola Pekovic was one of Europe's better centers.
Kurt Rambis has another new cast of characters going into his second season. If they emulate Rambis' work ethic, Wolves could be on to something.
David Kahn's latest summer overhaul is supposed to reposition the Wolves for the foreseeable future. The moves included trading their best player (Al Jefferson) to make room for Love to develop. It's a risky undertaking with a lack of superstar potential on the current roster.
That, of course, changes with Ricky Rubio's expected arrival next season. Kahn is also counting on Beasley to make up some of the production lost with Jefferson gone. Ridnour is keeping the point guard seat warm, giving Minnesota a serviceable rotation once Flynn is ready. Martell Webster and Johnson up the athlete-quotient.
Kahn continues to look down the road by drafting international players who aren't ready for the NBA yet. Two second-round picks, forward Nemanja Bjelica and center Paulao Prestes, will remain overseas to mature. The Wolves hope to be loaded in next few years. That's the plan, anyway.
-- Art Garcia
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|