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Jul 11, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard

Zach LaVine

(8) dribbles the ball against the defense of Chicago Bulls guard Tyrus McGee (25) during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

30. Minnesota Timberwolves
Projected Record: 22-60

Coming off the NBA’s worst record at 16-66, there really is no place to go but up for this team, is there?   Well, considering they had the first pick in the 2015 NBA draft, they actually might have.

But they made the correct choice in selecting Karl-Anthony Towns.  In fact, they had a good off-season.  They made the right choice in selecting the 6’11” 250 pound center from the University of Kentucky, despite it being the obvious pick.  They added to their roster by selecting Minnesota native 6’1″ 190 pound point guard in Tyrus Jones.   Jones is the Duke point guard who directed floor traffic on the court in their championship run.

Who will teach these young players?  Kevin Garnett returns to the Wolves and will serve the dual role of player and mentor.   So why are the Timberwolves projected dead last in the NBA?  They are missing one thing.  Time.   The learning curve will work against them as they try to assemble a team from the pieces out of the draft.   The future looks good for this team.  The present?  Not so much.

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