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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…

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“A legion of horribles, hundreds in number, half naked or clad in costumes attic or biblical or wardrobed out of a fevered dream with the skins of animals and silk finery and pieces of uniform still tracked with the blood of prior owners, coats of slain dragoons, frogged and braided cavalry jackets, one in a stovepipe hat and one with an umbrella and one in white stockings and a bloodstained wedding veil and some in headgear or cranefeathers or rawhide helmets that bore the horns of bull or buffalo and one in a pigeontailed coat worn backwards and otherwise naked and one in the armor of a Spanish conquistador, the breastplate and pauldrons deeply dented with old blows of mace or sabre done in another country by men whose very bones were dust and many with their braids spliced up with the hair of other beasts until they trailed upon the ground and their horses’ ears and tails worked with bits of brightly colored cloth and one whose horse’s whole head was painted crimson red and all the horsemen’s faces gaudy and grotesque with daubings like a company of mounted clowns, death hilarious, all howling in a barbarous tongue and riding down upon them like a horde from a hell more horrible yet than the brimstone land of Christian reckoning, screeching and yammering and clothed in smoke like those vaporous beings in regions beyond right knowing where the eye wanders and the lip jerks and drools.” —Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is a classic of Western literature, in spite of the fact that it is nearly plotless, concerned primarily with laying bare the bloodiest, most brutal parts of human nature as it follows a ragged band of twisted youths led by a maniacal judge through the American West. Although the story is constantly on the move, the scenery is never-changing — a panorama of viscera and scalps and burnt offerings laid down in alternately blunt and serrated prose. In spite of their outward similarities, though, no one is likely to remember this Wolves trip into the evening redness in the west as a classic. Continue Reading…

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The Minnesota Timberwolves announced yesterday that they were awarded 7’0 center Justin Hamilton off of waivers from the New Orleans Pelicans. Hamilton played collegiately at Iowa State for one year before transferring to LSU before the 2011-12 season. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, who promptly traded his draft rights to the Miami Heat. Hamilton spent his first professional season in Croatia and Latvia before he returned to the States to make an attempt at cracking the Heat roster. Continue Reading…

After Thursday’s first two rounds of workouts, the Wolves hosted 12 more players today while execs from all over the league visited the Target Center. As of right now, our beloved Wolves still have the 18th and the 58th picks in this upcoming draft.

First round of Friday workouts included:
Kim English, G, Missouri
Justin Hamilton, C, Louisiana State
Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue
Orlando Johnson, G, UC Santa Barbara
Julian Mavunga, F, Miami (Ohio)
Tony Mitchell, F, Alabama

Second session this morning was:
Marcus Denmon, G, Missouri
JaMychal Green, F, Alabama
Darius Johnson-Odom, G, Marquette
Kyle O’Quinn, F, Norfolk State
Robert Sacre, C, Gonzaga
Mike Scott, F, Virginia
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