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Ryan Saunders has officially been introduced as the Head Coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dane, Charlie, and Tom breakdown Tuesday's introductory press conference, expectations...
The Minnesota Timberwolves will have the 11th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. A slightly disappointed Dane & Charlie react to the lottery, discuss...
The Minnesota Timberwolves stole the show at last year’s draft when they traded for Jimmy Butler. This year it was Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN’s well-connected insider, who dug deep into the thesaurus to work around a pact between reporters at ESPN, Yahoo! and Turner Sports that embargoed tipping picks until they were announced on ESPN’s broadcast. The Phoenix Suns were “determined” to select Zhaire Smith at No. 16. The San Antonio Spurs were “fixated” on Lonnie Walker at No. 18. The Atlanta Hawks, who selected ahead of Minnesota at No. 19 as a result of the ill-fated Adreian Payne trade in 2015, were had “zeroed in” on Kevin Huerter. Twitter was saturated with Woj memes and suggestions for his next loophole phrase. Media outlets power ranked his tweets the next day. It was a side act that nearly stole the show on a night that has helped the NBA become an […]
When the Minnesota Timberwolves walked off the floor for the final time of the 2017-18 — or in the case of Jimmy Butler, limped off with a knee wrapped in ice packs — it was clear that this team just didn’t have enough to compete in the Western Conference. Whether it was the image of Cole Aldrich’s perfectly groomed hair that hadn’t broken a sweat or Aaron Brooks gingerly scampering to the locker room, the setting emblazoned a long-percolating sentiment of Timberwolves faithful: This can’t be the bench next season. In so many words, general manager Scott Layden echoed that belief a few days later at the team’s end-of-season press conference. “I think about this trade deadline and if we could have been more aggressive,” said Layden when talking about missed opportunities to address roster deficiencies. “We had a lot of things that went back and forth and maybe we […]
According to a report on Thursday from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA Board of Governors approved a couple of systemic changes that will significantly impact parts of the league both this year and in years to come. How much will they affect the Minnesota Timberwolves? In an ideal world, not very much at all. The most impactful changes that passed are the rumored changes to the NBA draft lottery odds. Woj reported as early as Sept. 7 that the NBA had a proposal ready to go, which would move to a final vote. The changes, which will take effect starting with the 2019 lottery, are largely as reported in that article from three weeks ago. The big details: The teams with the three worst records in the league now have equal odds of landing the No. 1 overall pick, as opposed to the current system. The team with the worst […]
After the conclusion of the Summer League, would all the NBA teams stick with their draft picks, or do they reconsider their draftees after a few short weeks of play? Here is a redrafting of the first half of the first round. NOTE: All trades stay and no trades are added. Markelle Fultz, G, 76ers – Even with the injury and the anti-social aspect of his locker room presence, he still has the highest upside. His offensive game is so deadly on the drive, with his spin move or as a spot-up shooter. But the thing that makes him so good is his versatility, as he can lead a team in rebounding one game, scoring the next and assists the night after. Lonzo Ball, G, Lakers – He has collected a lot of added heat because of his father and what he continually is saying to the media. Not only […]
Plenty of action went down from the opening pick to the final name, as there were plenty of trades to go along with the selections. Here are Zone Coverage’s winners and losers after Round One. Biggest Winners Timberwolves – Not only did they pry Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls, but they also were able to draft Justin Patton at pick 16. You can love the dunk contest all you want but Zach LaVine was not helping this team’s overall offensive rating, especially in crunch time. Kris Dunn, the other player sent to the Bulls along with the seventh pick, was getting limited time at best with than satisfying results. Now the defense has received some teeth with Patton at center and Butler at shooting guard. They also add a player who averaged 23 points per game last season. Dallas Mavericks – Dennis Smith Jr. is going to be a […]
1. PHILADELPHIA 76ers Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington Unless the 76ers players and social media team is just trolling everybody, this pick will be Fultz. Adding a point guard of this caliber to a core of Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons makes Philadelphia one of the most interesting young teams in the NBA. – Alex Berg Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington A player that can shoot from everywhere and score can fix the problems that Ben Simmons and his shooting setbacks presented. – Colton Molesky 2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA Trading D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets, it became clear that the Lakers would take a point guard with the second overall pick. With Fultz off the board, the hometown Ball will likely be the pick. – AB Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA Despite his father, the low-shot release and how he played against Kentucky in the tournament, […]