Minnesota Timberwolves: 6 Bold Predictions for the 2011-12 Season

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Sometimes, when a team signs an important part of a championship team, the player turns out to be an overpaid bust for his new team.

I don’t believe this will be the case with J.J. Barea.

Barea’s high-energy style of play is something that the Wolves have sorely missed over the past couple of years.

Many people think this style would be perfect coming off the Timberwolves’ bench, but I disagree.

The current shooting guard is Wesley Johnson. The only problem is that Johnson is more of a small forward.

It’s nothing against Johnson, but Barea would help the team more if he was in the starting lineup.

It also wouldn’t be a bad thing to have Johnson sit back and try to adjust to his more comfortable position while being a super sub off the bench that could play shooting guard in a pinch.

Rick Adelman is a smart guy, and that’s why I believe we will see more of Barea this season than Johnson.

It’s been a very long time since the Timberwolves hit on a draft pick.

Derrick Williams has the potential to become that guy.

Williams seems to have a lot in common with Garnett.

He has a fierce desire for improvement and competitiveness.

The commercial that Williams filmed with Under Armour seems to confirm that.

However, he also has the talent to match on the court. Williams is the most heralded rookie to take the court for the Wolves since Garnett came out of high school. his performance during the NCAA tournament for Arizona turned heads and made people think that he could be a perennial All-Star in the league.

The Timberwolves have been craving for a star since Garnett left, and while Kevin love has become a media darling since last season, the addition of Williams reaching his potential would only mean good news for the franchise.

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The biggest question for the Timberwolves this season will be what Ricky Rubio will bring to the team.

Much has been made about Rubio’s regression in Spain since the Timberwolves made him the fifth overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft.

People have bashed Rubio about his lack of playing time for FC Barcelona, and how his jump shot has struggled.

His new teammates have said there isn’t a problem with his jump shot, but what else are they going to say?

“Yeah, Ricky is a terrible shooter. I don’t even know why we drafted this guy!”

The reality is that it won’t matter if Rubio’s jump shot is horrible in the NBA. Would it be a benefit if Rubio could knock down an open shot? You bet.

However, Rubio’s job will not be to score 20-30 points a night. It will be to get the ball to the guys who can score the basketball.

The NBA game today is more about getting to the rim than having a deadly shot. even if Rubio can’t buy a basket outside of the paint most nights, his passing ability will open up lanes in the paint so he can lay the ball in. this is exactly what the Timberwolves want.

There have been plenty of point guards who don’t put up massive stats in the scoring column but have had solid careers.

Rubio may be the next guard to join that list.

Minnesota Timberwolves: 6 Bold Predictions for the 2011-12 Season


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