How David Kahn can fix the Timberwolves

July 4th, 2010 by Azam Taiyeb Leave a reply »
On paper, the Minnesota Timberwolves have quite a bit going for them. They have a potentially strong core of good young players who, if given the chance to gel together over the next five or so years, could get the team close to the playoffs. And the team is in a good financial position. Even for a small-market team, their payroll is currently very manageable with only one salary over $5 million, and there's enough cap space to sign some key pieces to strengthen the team where needed. Despite all that, I'd put money on the Timberwolves finishing with the worst record next season. Last season's 15-67 record was terrible, and if the Nets hadn't been plagued by injuries, Minnesota would almost certainly have been at the bottom of the league (though with their luck, they probably still would have been picking fourth in the 2010 draft). They played terrible defense, didn't have enough scoring options, persisted with the failed experiment of Al Jefferson & Kevin Love, and insisted on playing the triangle offense, even though Jonny Flynn clearly couldn't run it. Yet their biggest problem is their logjam at various positions. They have two excellent power forwards who have the same ...

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