Last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves won 16 games, in large part due to having the worst defense in the NBA.
This season, they’re a team that will be fun to watch. Ricky Rubio dishing at the point with flair, Andrew Wiggins improving out on the wing and finishing like a beast, Karl-Anthony Towns finding his way in the paint, Zach LaVine dunking on everyone. They will be improved and entertaining.
The playoffs? That is still a ways off.
Unless you ask Rubio, which someone did at an Adidas store in the Philippines (Rubio is on tour promoting the brand). Rubio said he believes they can do it, as reported by rappler.com.
“I always dream big, and I always put the bar level really high, I know the Western Conference is really tough. There’s a lot of good teams who can make the playoffs, but I believe. I believe in me, I believe in my team, and I think we can do it….
“If we stay healthy, there’s no doubt that we’re going to have a chance. We have to be there to do that, and dream big.”
After playing just 22 games last season due to injury, if they can get a full season out of Rubio it makes the Timberwolves that much better. They have a good young core that’s improving. They have Kevin Garnett as a mentor. There is a lot to like, a lot of potential. This is going to be a team you stop and watch on League Pass.
But the playoffs. In the West? That’s more than a big dream, that’s fantasy right now.