Full disclose on this one: I’m a Timberwolves fan. That said, this team is an enigma. You don’t know what you’re going to get from one night to the other. Minnesota is the 2nd-highest scoring team in the NBA, but the defense is lacking. They lead the NBA in 20+ point wins, but only recently won their first close (+/- 4 pts) game of the 2013-14 season. If they’re in the Eastern Conference, the Timberwolves are in 3rd place. In the West? Struggling for a playoff spot. Them’s the breaks. The Western Conference is an animal, and being the 8th seed is nothing to be ashamed of. But can Minnesota even get there? Let’s take a look at the stats.
- 106.5 ppg, 2nd in the NBA
- 147 blocks, dead last in the NBA by a large margin
- 3 players averaging over 18 ppg
- Margin of victory: 4.6, 7th in the NBA
- Hollinger Playoff Odds: 58.4%
This is one of the most underachieving teams in the NBA, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can find a rhythm in the second half of the season. With wins over teams like the Thunder and Trail Blazers, they’ve proven they can be that team… but then again, they’ve also lost to the Kings and Lakers. There’s no interior defense, but the fast-paced offense led by Spaniard Ricky Rubio might be enough to overcome that. I’ll put Rick Adleman’s team at 50% to make the playoffs, which is actually not bad considering they haven’t made the playoffs in a decade.