Leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft, we are going to preview each team in the lottery for their needs. Taking a look at the teams individual strengths, weaknesses, roster, and what prospects would fit in with the current and future plans.
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If all things were created equal the Minnesota Timberwolves would have been the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and the world might not have seen the Indiana Pacers dropped to their knees for seven games. Instead, the T-Wolves take to the 2014 NBA Draft with the No. 13 overall pick and some holes to fill with a new coach that is still To Be Determined.
Here is the NBA Draft Fast Five.
ONE: 2014-2015 Potential Roster Review
A new head coach may not necessarily make this a better team, but the T-Wolves are going to return a majority of the roster from last year and have a new direction. When fully healthy this was a fringe NBA Playoff team and when hampered with injuries they were about as bad as other team in the lottery.
Four of the five starting spots are likely to be filled by incumbents Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. The other wing spot is open for debate between Chase Budinger, free agency, or via the NBA Draft at this point, but they did invest some money in Budinger. They lack playmaking from areas outside of Rubio and Love for the most part and are not a very “tough” or “athletic” team as a whole. A major upgrade in that department would benefit them overall as well as more of a punch from the perimeter.
TWO: Biggest Strengths
They can rebound. With Love, Pekovic and the emerging Gorgui Dieng, the T-Wolves have a nice rotation of big men that can rebound the ball. In today’s NBA you have to build from the outside in, but they decided to do things the other way around with Love as the cornerstone and a perimeter that is a work in progress.