Should Kevin Love Be Happy with the Minnesota Timberwolves Offseason?

September 18th, 2012 by Ben Scully Leave a reply »
Over the last four seasons with Kevin Love, the Timberwolves have held a dismal fifth place in the division. Not that Love is to blame—far from that— as no team can be expected to win big with as little talent as the Timberwolves have been able to bring in.

The pendulum finally swung in favor of the Timberwolves when rookie point guard Ricky Rubio came over from Spain to join the team. In the limited time he was able to play, it became obvious just how much he was bringing to the table for the Wolves.

Ricky Rubio established himself as perhaps the next premier pass-first point guard, and all of a sudden, the team didn’t look so bad. Center Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love paired up to make one of the best frontcourts in the NBA. The Timberwolves started looking hungry again.

With Rubio in the starting lineup, the Timberwolves went 18-13. Perhaps not an elite record, but considering that they had only won 20-plus games in a single season once in the last four years, the improvement was obvious.

When Rubio went out with the torn ACL in March, it stalled the Wolves' chances to come up big. It didn’t take away from th ...

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