The Minnesota Timberwolves were supposed to be one of the most fun teams in the NBA last season before injuries derailed the thought of any success that they were going to have. The assumption of them being an entertaining team was based on the fact that with guys like Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love playing together, this team would be able to play offensively at a high level and would do it with a bit of flare.
Now that the Wolves are healthy for the 2013-14 season and have the additions of Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer on the wings as well, this team is showing just how exciting that they can be. Even with wishy-washy play from their bench to start the year, the Wolves are still putting up 104 points per 100 possessions, making them one of the top offenses in the league in that regard.
On Saturday night against the Boston Celtics, all five Timberwolves starters played under 35 minutes in the 106-88 win, largely due to the fact that they were so effective when on the floor. Love finished with 23 points and 12 boards, Martin ended up with 20 points as did Nikola Pekovic and, even though Rubio ended up with just three points, he still finished with seven assist on the evening.
What makes this Wolves team special offensively, along with the coaching of Rick Adelman, is their versatility as a unit. Love himself can score in a variety of ways, but guys like Brewer make them dangerous in transition, Pekovic gives them a low-post threat and Martin is a perimeter threat. This team is loaded with talent.
With Chase Budinger set to return soon and giving the Wolves yet another offensive weapon, this one coming off of the bench, this team has the makings of an offensive force for this season. Their defense may only be average, but if they can play offense at this level for an entire season, there’s no reason to believe that they aren’t bound for the postseason.