10:40 AM EDT, Tue June 19, 2018
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Post-Lottery 3&D Prospects of the 2018 Draft

Post-Lottery 3&D Prospects of the 2018 Draft

There are a bounty of players with two-way upside who may be available when Thibs makes his pick. Yes, it has been two decades since the Minnesota Timberwolves garnered a post-lottery NBA draft position. Yes, evaluating and projecting high-end prospects has long served as a post-season consolation for those who follow this franchise. Last season, though, we got to unabashedly root for wins instead of lottery seeding. Now, the playoff drought is behind us, and their reward for such improvements — plus a series of transactions with the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz — is the 20th (and 48th)...
21 hours ago
SMILODON: The Middle of the First

SMILODON: The Middle of the First

After our look at the top ten last week, it is time to examine, in less depth, some of the players the Wolves have a slightly better chance of drafting. On Thursday, I will release one more article, looking at some of the players I think are long shots to be quality NBA players, along with my final rankings. These may change between now and Thursday as I complete more player comparisons and reconsider some of my earlier opinions. Most of the SMILODON comparisons made in this article only date back to the 2012 draft, rendering them of somewhat questionable usefulness. That being said, I...
Jun 18, 2018
Lynx Dynasty Episode 4 - Alexis Jones: Journey of A Young Player

Lynx Dynasty Episode 4 - Alexis Jones: Journey of A Young Player

A podcast about the Minnesota Lynx! Lynx Dynasty tells the stories behind the most successful team in the history of the WNBA. Not only have the Minnesota Lynx taken home the championship three of the last six seasons, but their roster features four members of the 2016 gold medal-winning USA women’s basketball national team. This podcast sets out to learn more about Minnesota’s most successful sports franchise, and the people, themes and philosophies that make it special. Earning playing time is tough for any rookie. This is especially true for Alexis Jones, who was drafted by the...
Jun 18, 2018
4-D Chess: Drafting Robert Williams

4-D Chess: Drafting Robert Williams

How the Wolves can play to their strengths by fortifying the center position Like everyone else watching the NBA Finals, I couldn’t help but imagine how the Wolves would fare in this type of environment. All of the modern NBA teams (at least the good ones) have figured out that playing a bunch of long, athletic wings who can shoot threes, defend across multiple positions, and attack off the dribble makes roster construction a million times easier. After all, if slow big men and weak defenders are just going to be put in the meat grinder of high pick-and-roll screens all day long, why not...
Jun 17, 2018
Lynx Cruise Over Liberty 85-71

Lynx Cruise Over Liberty 85-71

Fowles had 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead Minnesota. Following a seven-day stretch without a game, the Lynx returned to action Saturday night and took care of business against the struggling Liberty. Earlier in the week Cheryl Reeve stressed the importance of this game. “We can’t keep going the way we’re going. The time is now for the response. If we don’t get a response beginning on Saturday, then I don’t know what we’re doing. Then maybe it’s just words. Maybe the collective will isn’t as strong. I don’t think that’s the case, but we will find out next time we...
Jun 15, 2018
NBA Draft Rumors Heat Up, World Cup Underway

NBA Draft Rumors Heat Up, World Cup Underway

Happy Friday. Less than a week away from the draft! Good morning all. There is now less than a week until the NBA draft, which will take place on Thursday, June 21st. That means rumors are starting to fly fast which is always fun, though many of them turn out to be misinformation. NBA Draft Notes A big story yesterday was that the Memphis Grizzlies are shopping the 4th pick in an attempt to move Chandler Parsons and his 2 years, $49M. Of course that led to discussion of Andrew Wiggins being the return piece to Memphis. It’s entirely unclear whether the Grizzlies would be interested in...
Jun 14, 2018
Jacob Evans is the best fit for the Timberwolves in the NBA Draft

Jacob Evans is the best fit for the Timberwolves in the NBA Draft

Minnesota needs immediate contributors, and Jacob Evans might tempt Tom Thibodeau with the 20th pick. The NBA draft is almost upon us, and the Minnesota Timberwolves will be selecting at the 20th overall spot. For the Timberwolves going forward, this selection is huge, as the team find themselves in an awkward limbo between needing someone who can help them win now, but also a rookie who can give four years of production under team control to help the Front Office manage their difficult cap situation. One prospect who intrigues me is Jacob Evans of Cincinnati, and the more I found myself...
Jun 13, 2018
SMILODON 2.0: The Top Ten

SMILODON 2.0: The Top Ten

Looking at the cream of this year’s draft crop. The 2018 NBA draft is almost upon us. For the first time in many years, the Wolves don’t have a lottery pick, but as the players taken in the top ten are often the ones who change the course of the league, I thought it would be interesting to discuss my top ten through the prism of SMILODON, my simple - yet powerful - draft system, the details of which can be found here and here. 2018 Top Ten The first thing that stands out from this list is the quantity of blue and green boxes following the name Luka Doncic, who has...
Jun 13, 2018
Wolves Wednesday: Calm Before the Storm

Wolves Wednesday: Calm Before the Storm

We’re officially one week away from all chaos breaking loose in the NBA. What role will the Wolves play in the summer insanity? As the clock ticked down last Friday night in Cleveland, Ohio, the latest chapter of the NBA Finals was officially written, providing fans with one new answer while simultaneously breathing life into a slough of highly anticipated, heavily debated new questions. Yes, the Golden State Warriors solidified themselves as this era’s dynasty, clinching their third championship in four years and giving Nick “Swaggy Champ” Young more rings than Karl Malone, Charles...
Jun 12, 2018
Summer League Schedule Announced

Summer League Schedule Announced

The Wolves will once again field a team in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Las Vegas Summer League will run from July 6th to July 17 this year, and the Wolves will once again field a team. The format remains the same as the last couple of years: Each team plays three preliminary games, then gets seeded for a tournament based on those results. Every team is guaranteed at least five games. Here is the Wolves preliminary schedule: vs. Denver: July 6th, 10:00 pm CDT NBATVvs. Toronto: July 8th, 2:00 pm CDT NBATVvs. Brooklyn: July 9th, 10:00 pm CDT ESPNU In addition to NBA TV and the ESPN...
Jun 12, 2018
KAT’s Defense and the Wolves’ Capacity to Improve

KAT’s Defense and the Wolves’ Capacity to Improve

For the All NBA big-man and his ascending team, last season’s 28-day New Year’s run is a road-map to continued success. 2017-18 was a turbulent season for the Wolves and their devoted fan base. When Tom Thibodeau traded for Jimmy Butler during the draft, an avalanche of excitement turned hope for the future into expectations of the present. Through 87 games of emotional rigor, the team sent two players to the all-star game in Los Angeles, earned a playoff spot in the Western Conference, and outclassed the first-seeded Rockets during the inaugural post-season matchup at a renovated...
Jun 11, 2018
Monday Musings: The Offseason Begins

Monday Musings: The Offseason Begins

As the NBA season ends, the next begins anew Overcoming all of the odds, the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers last Friday and become the NBA Champions for the second year in a row. All it took for a preordained destiny to be fulfilled was the construction of a roster that included four All-Stars, two of which are recent MVPs, and amongst them are two the best three-point shooters in the history of the NBA. No big deal. Cleveland now stands to lose LeBron James and that roster that was designed specifically to burn through future assets to create a team that LeBron could...
Jun 9, 2018
Lynx Falls To League-Leading Connecticut Sun

Lynx Falls To League-Leading Connecticut Sun

There is a new juggernaut in the WNBA Playing for the fifth time in nine days the Connecticut Sun’s 89-75 win over the Minnesota Lynx Saturday afternoon was a statement game. The Sun are the hottest team in the league with a record of 7-1 and extended their perfect home record to 4-0 as they outclassed the Lynx. Connecticut has now beaten the Sparks twice and the Lynx once as they upset the status quo of the WNBA’s old guard. Minnesota was able to hang around in this game for the first 25 minutes by generating early offense and establishing Sylvia Fowles in the paint. Fowles led the...
Jun 8, 2018
Friday Notes and Links: Warriors Cruising, Ayton Confident

Friday Notes and Links: Warriors Cruising, Ayton Confident

Some links and bits for your Friday. This is just a Friday news/link dump for you to chew on. Cause frankly, I’ve got nothin’. Bryan Colangelo resigned as Sixers president after it was confirmed that his wife was behind several Twitter accounts defending him and criticizing other members of the organization, as well as leaking confidential information. This whole story has been incredibly bizarre, but I suppose in the social media landscape we find ourselves in, I shouldn’t be surprised. But I have to admit, I am, largely because it always amazes me that people don’t think...
Jun 8, 2018
Lynx Snap Losing Streak, Win in Washington

Lynx Snap Losing Streak, Win in Washington

Minnesota wins weekday matinee 88-80 Less than a week ago it was announced that Thursday’s Lynx/Mystics game would be moved up three hours to accommodate a Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Finals viewing party. In addition to the new tip off time, the game would be combined with the viewing party and made free and open to the public. This created an extremely unique situation that saw diehard Capitals supporters slowly filling Capital One Arena throughout the game. By the fourth quarter the arena was nearly full of hockey fans cheering loudly for their local WNBA team. The combination of...