“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” –Michael Jordan
A Crop of Young Talent…Here They Come
With the fifth pick in the 2016 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select…
I could not wait to hear these words from Adam Silver this past June. I found this pick as intriguing as any other pick in this year’s draft. The Timberwolves hit the jackpot when they selected Karl-Anthony Towns first overall in the 2015 NBA draft. Not only was he the unanimous rookie of the year and on the all-rookie first team, but he put up numbers that included just over 18 points per game and 10.5 rebounds. He is an absolute superstar in the making with crazy talent. He can do it all on both ends of the court. If his post game isn’t enough to make you drool, we will also see him stretching the floor more and more as his career goes on. Then there is Andrew Wiggins who won the rookie of the year the season before. He has absurd athletic ability and will be one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. Wiggins averaged just over 20 points per game this past season. His bounce brother Zach LaVine averaged 14 points per game this past season. Gorgui Dieng was able to put up 10 points per game and seven boards this past season. Between Towns and Dieng the Wolves have quite a rim-protecting duo. The scary part is, aside from Dieng who is 26, the other three are 21 years old or younger.
I think it is officially time to end the Ricky Rubio era (ed. note: BLASPHEMY). It was fun while it lasted. Every now and then Ricky would make a pass that ended up on the top 10 on Sportscenter. However, it is time for a necessary change. It won’t be an easy task to move him with his hefty contract. If they can somehow find a way to trade Rubio, they will need to draft a point guard. Luckily, at the five slot, they were able to pick up Providence’s Kris Dunn. With the addition of Dunn, they arguably have the most athletic backcourt in the NBA, pairing him with LaVine.
Having snagged Kris Dunn, the Timberwolves are must watch television every time they play. Dunn, LaVine, Wiggins, Towns, and Dieng as the starting five are extremely young, but incredibly exciting at the same time. Sure they will need a few years to grow, mature, and develop chemistry, but they have a chance to be something special. With Tom Thibodeau at the helm, there will be a strong leadership presence, and a strong defensive mindset (another reason to be excited that they chose Kris Dunn). Timberwolves fans should be very excited for the years to come. They have a tremendous group of young talent to work with. I do not expect a postseason berth this upcoming season, but in the next 3-5 years, this team will be DANGEROUS!
By: Alexander Eddy