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(Note: We’re kicking off our offseason coverage here at A Wolf Among Wolves with a comprehensive roster review of the team from this past season, looking at how each player’s 2014-15 went and what we see for them going forward. One player (or group of players) a day for the next couple weeks, starting with the bench and/or those who have moved onto other teams, and rolling up to the starters.

Why do some players succeed in the NBA? Why do others flame out? Is it a matter of the individual player’s talent, injury luck, and hard work, or are there other factors? Over the past couple of years, the importance of being drafted by an organization that is the proper fit for a specific player has become more and more apparent. Does your team have a coach who works well with young players? Is there a healthy, nurturing atmosphere, as opposed to a place where the inmates run the asylum (what’s up, Sacramento)? If the player needs to be brought along slowly, does the organization keep the long view? If the player needs consistent playing time to keep his confidence up, can the coaching staff remain patient with him?

Once players are in the league for a few years, different kinds of labels begin to stick. There are the “good numbers on bad teams” guys (remember Kevin Love Corey Maggette?), the “talented knuckleheads who bounce around” (hey, Anthony Randolph, welcome to your future, Derrick Williams), and the “wise, ancient big man who occupies the 15th spot on the roster” (a la Juwan Howard, Kurt Thomas, Brad Miller and Nazr Mohammed). One of the kindest characterizations applied to a given player is that he “belongs on winning teams,” often a euphemism for “he starts on crappy teams, but he’d be ideal coming off the bench for a playoff squad.”

The Wolves, a crappy team, employed two such players in 2014-15: Corey Brewer and Mo Williams. Continue Reading…

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(Note: We’re kicking off our offseason coverage here at A Wolf Among Wolves with a comprehensive roster review of the team from this past season, looking at how each player’s 2014-15 went and what we see for them going forward. One player (or group of players) a day for the next couple weeks, starting with the bench and/or those who have moved onto other teams, and rolling up to the starters.

There was a revolving door on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ frontcourt positions this past season. Sure, 25 different players suited up for the Wolves, meaning there was plenty of turnover up and down the entire roster, but the power forward and center positions were particularly unsettled. Neither member of the opening night starting tandem of Pekovic and Young appeared in more than 50 games. The only big who broke camp with the team and provided consistent minutes from the beginning of the season to (near the) end was Gorgui Dieng.

Just about every other power forward or center who wore a Timberwolves jersey was a stopgap, a woefully inexperienced young player or a waiver wire pickup. The three subjects of our first roster review fit each of those respective categories: Jeff Adrien, Adreian Payne, and Justin Hamilton. Continue Reading…

Andrew Wiggins

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves sent out a press release stating that a “major announcement” featuring the NBA would take place on Thursday afternoon. They kept the language vague, but wasn’t hard to read the tea leaves; at a Thursday press conference at Target Center, their badly hidden secret was made official. Andrew Wiggins is the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year. Continue Reading…

RUSS

As the ball went up for the opening tip last night, the Thunder’s fate went with it. Part of their fate, anyway, if an abstract concept can be parceled out. The rest of it was in New Orleans, where the Pelicans battled the Spurs. If Anthony Davis could lead his team to victory, he’d get his first taste of the postseason. If he didn’t, Oklahoma City would reach the playoffs for the sixth consecutive time, because there was absolutely no way they were going to lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves. None.

Russell Westbrook took care of that. Continue Reading…

Joyce

 

Editor’s note: Continuing his theme of bastardizing classic works of literature for Timberwolves recaps, William Bohl derives this entry from James Joyce’s Ulysses, particularly the final chapter, “Penelope.”

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Young Magic

These are the dog days of the NBA season for every franchise whose playoff seed or lottery fate is essentially settled. Sure, there are a handful of teams in the West scratching and clawing for home court advantage in the first round, and a few at the bottom of the East slap-fighting backwards into the 7th and 8th spots in the standings, but for everyone else, it’s a slog. Postseason-bound organizations are just trying to get healthy before the real fun begins, and everyone else is playing out the string.

Some teams, however, are accomplishing something as they kill time between now and April 15th. The Magic are one of them. Continue Reading…

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- Once upon a time, I used to roll my eyes whenever a coworker would miss a day of work because their child was sick. “How often do kids really get sick?” I would wonder. “Sounds like an excuse for the parent to get out of their shift, if you ask me.” As punishment for such insolence, I’m now blessed with a one year old who gets sick ALL. THE DAMN. TIME. Monday, as I sat at the Wolves-Jazz game, my wife’s texts about our little guy’s condition got progressively sadder, beginning with “runny nose” to “feels a little warm” to “crabby as hell and won’t go to bed” to “please come home so you can take over and I can get some sleep.” The poor boy got very little shut-eye, and was only content if he was being rocked. Between the gallons of snot and loud cries shortly after I got him back in his crib, the recap didn’t get done in a timely manner. Parents, you can relate. Skeptical non-parents, karma’s a bitch. Tread lightly.

- Anyway, this happened, and chances are you’ve seen it a bunch of times already, but go ahead and watch it some more:

Same with this:

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This makes 4 of the past 6 Wolves-Rockets recaps assigned to yours truly, and if you’ve read the past ones, you probably know what I’m going to talk about. If you haven’t, they’re linked inside the next parentheses (3/20/14, 12/5/142/23/15) for your convenience. Go ahead. Reading them in full will probably take a total of 10 to 15 minutes, skimming them will take 3 to 5, and just opening them in your browser and pretending you’ve read them will help our pageview numbers go up. So go ahead.

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You back? Cool, let’s talk about the same things I always talk about. Continue Reading…

Note: if you have not seen or read Waiting for Godot, this might not make much sense. If you have seen or read Waiting for Godot, this still might not make much sense. But that’s the point.

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Energy Solutions Arena. A tree, one that looks much like Rudy Gobert.

Evening. Continue Reading…