Category Archives: Player Analysis

The Ricky Rubio project: An assessment of scoring

Over the next few days on A Wolf Among Wolves, I’ll be breaking down the play of Ricky Rubio since he’s returned from his ACL surgery last March. When Rubio came back on December 12th against the Dallas Mavericks, we all wondered how long it would take him to regain his form. In an attempt […]

Derrick Williams: growing, not grown

As observers of the Minnesota Timberwolves, one of our favorite idle activities is wondering about Derrick Williams. There are a lot of reasons for this, but principle among them is a) the fact that, after he devoured everybody during his sophomore year of college, the Wolves made him the second pick in the draft and […]

Ruminations about last night's frustrations

The man in the picture above is Corey Brewer. The man to his left and your right is Kevin Love. Kevin Love is someone that people have opinions about and those opinions have been well discussed ever since Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a thing. With every poor game, the criticism ramps up and becomes suffocating within […]

Wolves/Bucks redux: on backcourts

On Friday night, I made passing reference both to the Wolves’ anemic third quarter and to J.J. Barea’s tendency toward overdribbling and playing too fast. Barea tends to play a more even-keeled game when the offense is functioning well, as it was in the first half on Friday; he played within the context of the […]

Derrick Williams: Make or Miss League

Is Derrick Williams a bad player who doesn’t belong on the Timberwolves? The growing sentiment with an impatient fan base seems to be yes, he is. And that’s what we are right now; it’s an impatient fan base because the biological clock of Kevin Love’s potential early termination option is ticking like a time bomb. […]

We've got a new Pek'ing order for now

A funny thing happened on the way to Nikola Pekovic’s contract year: Kevin Love broke his hand and gave Pek the chance to show just how much he’s worth. The timing of this injury — in line with Pek’s last season before restricted free agency — couldn’t have been more perfect for the third-year center. […]

Wolves 84, Pacers 70: Hello, new friends

It wasn’t a pretty preseason opener in many ways, but the Wolves got to debut some new faces and beat up on an incomplete Pacers team for the victory. Between the poor 3-point shooting, the grainy Fargo television feed coming through NBA League Pass, lots of turnovers, and a lot of missed free throws, it […]

Honesty is the Wolves' policy… which is nice.

There is a lot of coach speak out there in which fans are forced to read between the lines. And it makes a lot of sense. You’re not going to give away strategies and team philosophies at will on most nights, especially during the regular season. You can’t let the opponent for that night or […]

Sliding Doors

Have you ever seen the movie Sliding Doors? It’s a Gwyneth Paltrow movie that shows the parallel life tracks of a woman whose life is up in the air. On the day she gets fired from her PR job, she is catching a subway to get home. In one parallel, Gwyneth’s character makes her train. […]

The sky is falling… upward? TRANSACTIONS GALORE!

OKAY! A lot has happened over the couple days and now we’re getting a better idea of the way this roster could look heading into next season. After missing out on Nicolas Batum (when evil Paul Allen wouldn’t let him go despite Neil Olshey wanting to let him go or at least work out a […]