Collin Kottke: Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves jumped up in playoff conversation because of the addition of Jimmy Butler, but if the Wolves are going to pay all this off with some playoff success, it is going to be because of the play of KAT. Towns has the skillset to be a NBA MVP and he’s going to do that in one of the upcoming seasons. Let’s put it this way, to date, the best two players in franchise history have the first name Kevin (Garnett and Love). By the time Towns retires, Karl-Anthony will be regarded as the best player ever to wear a Timberwolves uniform.
Jake Andersen: Jimmy Butler. If the Wolves get to the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 season, Butler is who gets them over the hump. Not only does he bring a seasoned offensive game, but he’s just as good, if not better, defensively. Hopefully, Butler’s defensive effort is contagious to the rest of the team. In my mind, I can’t see Minnesota missing the playoffs, so Butler is the clear cut MVP if that’s the case.
Travis Young: Jimmy Butler, his veteran leadership and his abilities as a closer makes him the most valuable Wolves player.
Leo Wieffering: Karl-Anthony Towns. An incredible sophomore season proved Towns’ true talent and potential. His third season will feature even more improvement in his game, and we’ll see him take steps as a leader as well. The sky’s the limit for the 7-foot center.
Lucas Ailport: Andrew Wiggins. The 22-year-old will look to continue to prove that he is an elite shooting guard in the league. Don’t expect Wiggins to take a back seat role with the addition of Jimmy Butler, considering he just signed a max contract.
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Noah Shelton: Karl-Anthony Towns. After a productive season last year, Towns will likely continue to improve as the team’s top scorer. Towns’ confidence should be high this year, which will be a nice complement to the team’s leadership.
Payton Miller: Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns has the potential to be a top player in the NBA, and if the Wolves are going to make the playoffs and make a run, he’s going to have to step up his defense and put himself in the MVP conversation.
Nolan Schmidt: Karl-Anthony Towns. Regardless of what Jimmy Butler does or even Andrew Wiggins for that matter, this is Towns’ team. Minnesota has some tremendous talent, but their only generational talent is Karl-Anthony Towns. He is the pulse of this team.
Win-Loss Record/Playoff Seed Prediction
Collin Kottke: 50-32. Fourth place in the West.
Jake Andersen: 50-32. Fifth place in the West.
Travis Young: 46-36. Sixth place in the West.
Leo Wieffering: 47-35. Fifth place in the West.
Lucas Ailport: 45-37. Fifth place in the West.
Noah Shelton: 40-42. Ninth place in the West.
Payton Miller: 49-33. Fifth place in the West.
Nolan Schmidt: 48-34. Sixth place in the West.
Only time will tell if these predictions become reality. However, one thing is for certain, the Minnesota Timberwolves are poised for a successful season. This exciting squad debuts to great fanfare Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.