PBT Extra: Veterans are nice, but Timberwolves next step has to come from player development

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Think about many of the teams that have impressed you these playoffs — Boston, Utah, Golden State — and they have one thing in common: The ability to draft well and develop that young talent. It’s not just the Donovan Mitchells or Stephen Currys, it’s the young, athletic role players these teams have grown within their system they can count on.

Minnesota seems a team on the cusp of breaking through to the next level. They made the playoffs this year for the first time since 2004, and they won 16 more games than the season before, those are big steps forward. Yet this team’s style of play and internal dynamics seem uncomfortable.

If the capped-out Timberwolves are going to take the next step forward, it’s going to have to come from the development of young players and their draft picks, not signing more vets. Sure, Karl-Anthony Towns playing better defense, or Andrew Wiggins developing consistency, would help. But the Timberwolves need more than that, they need a pipeline of good young talent, like the other top teams have cultivated.

I get into all of this in the latest PBT Extra.