Recently, Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns posted an Instagram photo of himself with the caption, “Remember us #2016 #wolves.”
It didn’t seem like anything meaningful at the time, but when Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press asked him about it, Towns sent a direct message to the rest of the NBA: the Minnesota Timberwolves are rising.
“A lot of people tend to think we’re the Timberwolves and we’re at the bottom of the barrel. I just want people to know that we’re coming. Just remember us, because where we were the last 13 years, things are about to change.”
The T-Wolves haven’t made the postseason since 2004 when Kevin Garnett was in his prime and the late Flip Saunders was coaching. They reached the Conference finals that year before getting knocked out by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal‘s Los Angeles Lakers.
With the continued progression of Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine as well as the additions of fifth overall pick Kris Dunn and new head coach Tom Thibodeau, optimism is abound in Minnesota. Even if they don’t make the jump in 2016-17, most pundits assume it’s coming quite soon. That’s bad news for the rest of the association.
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