The Minnesota Timberwolves have assembled an impressive group of core players over the past five years. Now they have to find a way to stay healthy. Injuries have been the biggest factor in the Timberwolves’ struggles over the past couple of years, as they haven’t been able to stay healthy long enough to play to their potential. Basketball fans in Minnesota are hoping that will change this year, as health is the biggest key to their success heading in to this season.
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Key To Success #1: Staying Healthy
From Kevin Love’s broken hand to Ricky Rubio’s plethora of injuries, staying healthy has been a major problem for the Timberwolves over the years. The team added more depth in the offseason, but the biggest key to success is still the ability for the core of this team to stay on the floor. Love and Rubio have each proven their All-Star potential on their own, but both players should be even better if they can spend an extended period of time on the floor together. The fact that players like Nikola Pekovic, Alexey Shved, and Derrick Williams played bigger roles last year due to injuries will help in the long term, but ultimately both Love and Rubio need to stay healthy for this team to contend for a playoff spot.
Key To Success #2: Martin, Brewer Must Play To Expectations
The Timberwolves added Corey Brewer from the Denver Nuggets and Kevin Martin from the Houston Rockets to help provide a spark at the offensive end of the floor, and both players will need to play at a high level for this team to succeed. Both are capable scorers that have the ability to stretch the floor and make big shots from beyond the arc, and the combination of Rubio’s playmaking ability and Love’s presence in the middle should really help when it comes to them finding open looks. Love and Rubio are the two key core players for Minnesota, but Brewer and Martin are both excellent fits for this team and both need to play at a high level.
Key To Success #3: Depth Players Must Continue To Provide Support
The injuries to Love and Rubio helped open the for players like Pekovic and Shved to get more playing time and really show what they can do when given the opportunity, and their continued development will be crucial to this team’s success. The Timberwolves’ frontline must stay healthy, but they will also need their depth players to continue to provide a punch at both ends of the floor off the bench, especially if the offense struggles. Minnesota isn’t the deepest team in the Western conference, but they may be among the most underrated thanks to the experience some of those key players managed to get a year ago. Pekovic and Shved will get plenty of opportunities to contribute, only Minnesota basketball fans are hoping they are able to do so in a supporting role rather than being thrust in to bigger roles due to injury this time around.
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