The NBA has recently created a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is meant to help prevent the creation of super teams. This new CBA will make players more likely to stick with the team that drafted them, but what they didn’t realize is that some teams with young cores will be able to keep all of their young talent despite going over the cap limit because of the new CBA. Many people talk about the Timberwolves being the future of the NBA due to their dynamic and young big 3 including Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony-Towns, and Zach Lavine. Not only are the Timberwolves set with star power, but many of the Timberwolves productive role players are young too, such as Shabazz Muhammed.
The Timberwolves future is clearly bright, as they have a lot of young pieces to work with. The only thing currently holding the Timberwolves back is the hole at the point guard position. Ricky Rubio is a solid defender but lacks the perimeter scoring ability to be a threat, similarly to Bulls’ point guard Rajon Rondo. Ricky Rubio makes up for his lack of ability to score by getting a lot of steals and making some insane passes. The backup point guard, Kris Dunn, is supposed to be the future at point guard for the Timberwolves, but I don’t think Kris Dunn will live up to the hype. Dunn is no doubt an athletic freak, but his inefficient scoring habits will hold him back throughout his career. Dunn and Rubio are both capable inside scorers, but neither can shoot from the perimeter, which holds each of them back from being reliable point guards.
At shooting guard, the Timberwolves are set for years to come with Zach Lavine. Lavine, who has been mostly known as a pure dunker in the past, has found his own this year, averaging just under 20 points a game! Zach has been a reliable playmaker and scorer, and has been extremely efficient from three as well.
At small forward, the Timberwolves have a potential franchise player in Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is another player who has really come into his own this season; he is averaging over 20 points per game. This season, Wiggins has been the go-to scorer for the Timberwolves in the final moments of the game, and he has delivered. Just recently, Andrew Wiggins hit a difficult game winning jumper against the Phoenix Suns.
At power forward, the Timberwolves have gone to Gorgui Dieng. Gorgui Dieng, former Louisville Cardinal, is a solid player, but I don’t thing Dieng can provide 30+ minutes for a winning team. In order for the Timberwolves to become a superteam, they should either trade their old veterans for a young and upcoming power forward, or draft one in the stacked 2017 NBA draft. Dieng can be a productive player, but I see his role on this Timberwolves team as a bench player in the future, if they want to win championships.
At center, the Timberwolves have one of the best players in the league, and he’s only in his second season! I am, of course, talking about Karl Anthony-Towns, or as some call him “KAT.” Towns broke onto the seen last year, winning rookie of the year by a landslide over Knick’s big man Kristaps Porzinges. Towns, who was drafted 1st overall in the 2015 draft, has certainly proved thus far to be worth the pick. KAT symbolizes the superstar center in the future of the NBA; a 7 foot tall big man that can get rebounds, play good interior defense, while still being able to hit the three. Not only does KAT represent the future of the NBA center, he also may represent the future of the NBA, as he has the potential to win many MVPs, and guide this young and promising Timberwolves team to a championship!