Author Archives: Steve McPherson

The Preseason and the Task at Hand

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 13: Ricky Rubio #9 and Zach LaVine #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves talk during a free throw in the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 13, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

People often have a hard time letting things they have no control over be what they are. Even when it comes to things we have an active role in we can’t help getting ahead of ourselves, but it’s almost always possible to come back to the here and now and focus on the next step […]

Please welcome Andy Grimsrud and Patrick Johnston from Punch-Drunk Wolves


As part of the initiative to both broaden and deepen the pool of voices here at A Wolf Among Wolves that had us introducing you to Lucas Seehafer last week, we’d now like to introduce Andy Grimsrud and Patrick Johnston — the minds behind one of our favorite blogs, Punch-Drunk Wolves — as contributors to […]

Rookie Survey Picks Kris Dunn for ROY Because Rookies Are Idiots


Hear me out, though.

Timberwolves vs. Warriors: Running It Back on Minnesota’s Game of the Year


About a year ago, I had a chance to sit down and talk with statistician and Yale professor Edward Tufte. If you haven’t checked out Tufte’s incredible books on information design, do so now — they are not to be missed in this day and age, when so much information is being presented to us […]

What Does Tyus Jones’ Summer League MVP Mean?


Let’s start with the easiest answer to the question above: not a damn thing. Here’s a sampling of previous Summer League MVPs: Josh Selby, Glen Rice Jr, Nate Robinson. And sure, John Wall and Blake Griffin have also been Summer League MVPs, but the whole thing is voted on by media members who have been […]

Love Me Two Times, Baby


Do you think we could ever Love again?

2015-16 Roster Review: Zach LaVine


Zach LaVine’s unearthly dunking ability is a blessing and a curse. The kind of aerial grace he displayed in back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest championships at All-Star Weekend is — unlike Steph Curry’s astounding 3-point shooting — not a game changer within the game, per se. Yes, it’s thrilling when he gets loose on the break […]

Roster Review: Tayshaun Prince


I’m listening to Radiohead and thinking about Tayshaun Prince. A Moon Shaped Pool is Radiohead’s ninth album and it arrived last Sunday, the most Radiohead day of the week possible to release an album. If you want to date their formation back to when all the band’s members started a band called On A Friday […]

Roster Review: Kevin Martin


Timberwolves fans are accustomed to looking for change. (And I don’t mean between the couch cushions, which is where the cash from selling second round picks always seems to end up.) For a franchise that has had eight head coaches and four GMs in the last 11 years, it’s simply expected. In that same span, […]

Roster Review: Damjan Rudez (Can’t Fail)


Damjan Rudez averaged the fewest minutes per game on the Minnesota Timberwolves this past season, and played the third fewest total minutes. He averaged the fewest points per game; he averaged the fewest steals per game; he averaged the fewest assists per game. And fewest rebounds, free throws attempted, 2-pointers attempted and second-fewest field goals […]