Score! Why the Timberwolves Will Be a Contender in 2013

A few days ago I released a list of the top NBA offenses in the league, as well as the top offensive players in the league. James Washington noticed something very important: Despite having two of the best offensive weapons in the league with Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, the Wolves had a terrible offense. There’s a very good reason for that:

2012 Minnesota Timberwolves Wins by Offense

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Darko Milicic, Wayne Ellington, Wes Johnson, Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley all managed to lose over a win each for the Wolves with their terrible offense. The Wolves had two players that were really good at getting the team points and scoring opportunities but that couldn’t overcome five truly bad players. Let’s take a look at how the Wolves stand next season (Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy are left out as they didn’t play last season, don’t worry though, I’ll get to them!)

2012-2012 Timberwolves Offensive Wins from 2011-2012 Season

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What a turnaround! The Wolves had a few great swaps. Trading Wayne Ellington for Dante Cunningham was excellent. Taking Stiemsma from the Celtics and letting them pick up Darko off waivers also worked out well. Finally, showing Beasley the door and getting the much more affordable and productive Budinger was great. The only truly bad player left on offense is Derrick Williams. On the plus he’s still young and will hopefully improve. Even going from awful to just bad would help out the team.

Additionally, if Kirilenko plays like he did his last season in the NBA, when he was efficient and great at pulling down boards, he’ll help out this offense even more. I don’t want to put too much faith in Brandon Roy, but if he can show even a glimmer of his 2010 self then he could make this team truly insane. The Wolves with just the players from last year have an offense right up there with the Clippers and the Nuggets! Last year they were in the playoff hunt before injuries sidelined them. They’ve swapped out some of their worst players for good players. Expect this team to compete next season and expect part of the reason to be because they’re lighting up opponents when they have the ball.

-Dre

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