While Minnesota hasn’t been a bad team to bet on when it comes to the point spread, they’ve been absolutely atrocious in the standings. For some reason, All-Star forward Kevin Love has said that he wants to sign a long-term deal to stay with the Timberwolves, but they need to improve the team to keep him in that frame of mind. Here is how they can do that.
The Timberwolves are dreadful defensive, and that may be giving them too much credit. Minnesota is last in the league in points allowed (106.9), opponents are shooting 46.5% against them, and 36.9% from three-point land. They traded away their best perimeter defender in Corey Brewer, who bounced from New York to Dallas. Darko Milicic has proven to be a serviceable big man, but he’s not a starter, and even Love himself isn’t a great on-the-ball defender.
The Point-Guard Situation
We have no clue if or when Ricky Rubio is coming, if ever. Jonny Flynn isn’t working out. That leaves the Timberwolves with Luke Ridnour, who is a great backup, but not a player who should be playing 30 minutes a game. The Timberwolves may be looking at Duke’s Kyrie Irving if he decides to come out, and that would be a good idea, because Love needs someone who can penetrate and dish.
Anyone Who Can Shoot
Minnesota is 27th in the league in shooting percentage (43.9%), although strangely, they’re sixth in three-point shooting (37.6%). Young players Flynn, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson all shoot below 41%, and Michael Beasley still takes some ill-advised shots.
These are just three of the things that the Timberwolves need to do, but this could be a 10-page dissertation. If they want to keep Love in town, Minnesota has to make a lot of progress to get out of the NBA doldrums.