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John Salley: Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins need to get out of Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves look like future playoff contenders.

They currently have the past two Rookie of the Year winners in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins and hired a coach (Tom Thibodeau) with an established history of leading teams into the playoffs.

While some would consider the Timberwolves to be a team on the verge of breaking out, some believe Minnesota is a death bed for many talented young players. Take for example, two-time NBA champion John Salley. While appearing on the ESPN radio show “Mike and Mike,” Salley made it very clear that both Towns and Wiggins need to get out of Minnesota.

Salley stated the following while on the topic of how Towns could be the future of the NBA:

“I think he could be the future. I think he needs to get out of Minnesota. He and Wiggins need to get out of Minnesota.”

Salley did not stop in his assessment of how Minnesota is not a big enough market for players of Towns’ caliber:

“I think he needs to be in a place that literally gets more TV time and the NBA is more focused on. Those are the teams on the coast.”

Salley’s viewpoint would hold more merit if he was simply criticizing the organization. Instead, he seems to be referencing that Minnesota is simply a small-market team. The problem is, the top teams in the NBA—the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs—are all small market teams.

It is also ironic considering Salley won two championships while playing for a market that isn’t exactly large, the Detroit Pistons.

As long as the Timberwolves start winning soon, Towns and Wiggins will do just fine in Minnesota.

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