The Minnesota Timberwolves have a young roster that, if managed correctly, could allow them to contend for a playoff spot as early as this year based on the talent Rick Adelman has at his disposal.
With a magician point guard in Ricky Rubio, an experienced shooter in Kevin Martin, one of the best forwards in Kevin Love and the toughness of Nikola Pekovic in the paint, this team seems like one that could push for an eighth seed if they manage to stay healthy throughout the course of the season.
Team owner Glen Taylor announced another nice move as the Timberwolves have decided to exercise the option they had over Derrick Williams’ fourth contract year. They had until the end of the month to do so but opted to activate it right now.
A former No. 2 overall pick in 2011 Draft, the forward out of Arizona has been on the trade block ever since he joined the team at camp; most people thought he was a reach and that he wasn’t going to be able to live up to the hype with a franchise that needed a savior desperately.
Williams didn’t do anything flashy in the first year, but he bounced back last season and averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds in over 24 minutes — numbers that bode well for a third campaign where he will probably be the small forward and one of the first options on offense.
Williams has an imposing physique and even when he seems skinny, he’s very strong and agile. His jumper needs some work, but if he’s able to show the work ethic and the progression he evidenced last season then this move is a great one that could give Minnesota a huge boost towards the future.