No team in the NBA is more confusing than the Minnesota Timberwovles. Despite fielding one of the most talented squads in the league, Minnesota is currently the 10th team in the Western Conference as the Timberwolves’ 17-17 record is very much so a disappointment. Thankfully, the season is still young and so are the Timberwolves; hence, a massive winning streak could very well be on the horizon.
Prior to Wednesday night, Minnesota small forward Chase Budinger‘s last NBA action came in April of 2013. The Timberwolves welcome Budinger back with open arms considering the organization once traded a first-round pick in exchange for the small forward. Sure, Budingers’ numbers don’t exactly jump off of the page, but there is more to this player than his career average of 9.4 points per game.
Many NBA executives would describe Budinger as a “glue guy.” The 22-year-old might not be an All-Pro at any one thing, but Budinger is the type of talent that makes everyone around him better. Few players have the versatility of Budinger and that is exactly what makes the 6-foot-7 forward an ideal bench player. With Budinger back in the fold, Corey Brewer can now take his foot off the pedal as the Timerwolves will turn to a platoon of sorts at the small forward position. Minnesota needs a spark to take the leap from decent to good, and Budinger might just be that missing piece that gets the Timberwolves over the hump.