NBA Fantasy Draft News 10-23-2015
The Minnesota Timberwolves concluded play in the 2014-15 season with a record of 16-66. They finished in last place in the Western conference 29 games behind the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans for the last playoff spot. The Timberwolves had the worst record in the NBA and have a long road to respectability. The last time Minnesota made the playoffs was in 2004. They have failed to draft and develop a team to compete in the Western conference for over a decade now. The culture of losing is deep rooted and begins on the defensive end of the court where the team has failed. They were last in the league in scoring and field goal defense as they give up an average of 106 points and 48.7% shooting to their opponents each game. They were bad defending opposing three’s by surrendering 36.7% from beyond the arc. Flip Saunders is the current head coach of the Timberwolves. He returned to the franchise in 2014 after a ten year stay from 1995-2005. Saunders benefitted by the Kevin Garnett era but since Garnett’s departure they have not found a floor leader to catapult the team out of mediocrity. The team had the first pick in the 2015 draft and selected Karl-Anthony Towns a center out of Kentucky. It is the first center the Timberwolves have selected in the first round since way back in the 2001 season.
Minnesota Timberwolves PG:
Now 25 year old Rubio has dealt with health concerns over his career. He is great at dealing assists and steals but is a lifetime 36.7% shooter. He shot a miserable 25.5% from the three point line last year. He played in 22 games last year and averaged 10 points, nearly 9 assists and 5 ½ rebounds per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves SG:
Levine is a first round draft pick of the Timberwolves in 2014 as he was selected 13th out of UCLA. He is a very young player at 20 years old. The shooting guard saw work in 77 games last year as he averaged 10 points, 3 ½ assists in nearly 25 minutes per game. This is a young Timberwolves team so expect Levine to get more minutes in the upcoming season. He did make 34.1% from the three point line last season. A good feature for DFS draft managers is Levine can be trusted late in games as he is an 84.2% free throw shooter.
Minnesota Timberwolves PF:
The veteran has played 20 years in the league and returns to help turn the culture from losing to winning. There is almost a generation gap between Garnett and his teammates. He no longer produces the numbers he did in his prime so it may be a hard sell for Garnett to win over the trust of his teammates. Words only mean much to the youth if you can produce on the court. KG has been slowed down by wear and tear of 20 years in the league so there could be some chemistry problems.
Minnesota Timberwolves SF:
Wiggins a first round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers came over to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade. As a rookie in 2014, Wiggins played in all 82 games and averaged nearly 17 points, 4 ½ rebounds and two assists. His shooting numbers were 43.7% from the floor and 31% from three. Wiggins was the NBA’s rookie of the year based on a very strong finish as he put up some big numbers to close the season.
Minnesota Timberwolves C:
A first round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2013, Dieng was good on the boards as he pulled down eight rebounds in his 30 minutes per game average. He generated nearly 10 points a game and was a good free throw shooter for a big man making 78.3% from the charity stripe.