Minnesota Timberwolves Last Season Performance
Despite failing to improve on their record from the season prior, the 2022-23 season was another step in the right direction, as it was the Timberwolves’ second consecutive season with a winning record. Minnesota finished with a 42-40 record and found itself in the play-in tournament once again.
After losing to the Lakers in overtime in the first play-in game, the Timberwolves clinched a playoff spot with a victory over the Thunder in game two. Minnesota met eventual NBA Champion Denver in the first round, going to five games before being eliminated.
Minnesota Timberwolves Key Additions
Outside of locking in Anthony Edwards, Naz Reid and Nickeil Alexander-Walker for the future, the Timberwolves added a couple of players in free agency as well.
Minnesota signed both Shake Milton and Troy Brown Jr. to two-year deals in the offseason. Milton should bring solid production off the bench after averaging 8.4 points on 37.8% shooting from three last season, also adding 3.2 assists. Brown, meanwhile, adds another 3-point and rebounding option, as he shot 38.1% from beyond the arc last season, averaging 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds a game.
Minnesota Timberwolves Key Subtractions
The Timberwolves didn’t lose much in the offseason, focusing on retaining their core to continue building for their future.
Minnesota’s one main loss was Taurean Prince, who signed with the Lakers in the offseason. Prince averaged 9.1 points and 2.4 rebounds a game last season for the Wolves and was solid from three as well, shooting 38.1% from beyond the arc.
The Wolves also declined Nathan Knight’s player option, however he played limited minutes, and they elected to let Jaylen Nowell go in free agency as well, who averaged 10.8 points a game last season.
Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Analysis
Chris Finch will be heading into his third full season as head coach of Minnesota after taking over midseason in the 2020-21 season.
Finch led the Wolves to a 16-25 record after taking over for Ryan Saunders in 2020-21, with the team finishing out of the playoffs. However, in his first full season, Finch led Minnesota to a 46-36 regular-season record as well as its first playoff berth since 2018, earning himself a contract extension in the offseason. He then brought the Wolves back to the playoffs last season as well after a 42-40 regular-season record, though they once again fell in the first round.
Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction for 2023-24 Season
The Timberwolves appear to be continuing to make strides toward improvement, and this year could be another step in the right direction if they can stay fully healthy.Karl Anthony-Towns was missing for a good portion of last season while Rudy Gobert was sidelined for some of the few games KAT was back. Both Jaden McDaniels and Naz Reid were also both injured during the playoffs.
Anthony Edwards will continue to be the centerpiece to the Wolves’ success, while having Mike Conley for the whole season should benefit them as well. NBA predictions have Minnesota winning around 44.5 games. A jump from its young stars and a healthy KAT should have them winning just over that, while a return to the playoffs should be imminent as well.
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