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See what Elliot Thornton (Devoted Journalist, Sports Enthusiast, and Athlete.), thinks about the future of these two developing teams:
I’m a big Laker fan but unfortunately I’m going to have to go with the Timberwolves on this one. The Lakers have the best bench in the league right now with Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams but I just don’t see there being a considerable rise at the point guard position with D’Angelo Russell. He is still very young and raw at the moment, and for Luke Walton to rely on the 20-year old to lead this team is a lot to ask for. They have great potential but it’s a matter of them tapping into this.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have two players already emerging into all-stars in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. With Zach LaVine not far behind them and a couple key pieces in rookie Kris Dunn and young veteran Ricky Rubio, I wouldn’t be surprised if the team contends for a playoff spot in the next year or two.
The Lakers are 8-9 because of the system that they’re playing under with Luke Walton; he is able to work to their strengths as head coach. The Timberwolves are currently 5-11 but I do feel the pieces are there; maybe a couple adjustments in the second rotation are all that’s needed to consider them a playoff-contending team. Hate to say this but Minnesota has a higher ceiling moving forward.