The Minnesota Timberwolves‘ 15-man roster for the new season may seem unorthodox as it includes four point guards. Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn, John Lucas III, and Tyus Jones will all have to share the minutes at the one spot.
According to the team’s head coach, Tom Thibodeau, having a logjam in that position will not be a problem and they can accommodate having all four point guards, per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.
“I’ve got guys that I think can play multiple positions. I like being able to push the ball, being able to push the ball is something we want to take advantage of. So we can play two point guards together. I feel good about that, having the ability to break down the defense different ways, to utilize multiple pick-and-rolls. We’ll see how it unfolds.”
The 58-year-old bench tactician’s statement comes after all the trade rumors Rubio and Jones were linked to. The Sacramento Kings were reportedly interested in trading for the Spaniard while the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were looking for point guard depth until last week, were linked to their former first round pick, Jones.
With the team’s lineup still intact, it will be very interesting to see how Thibodeau manages the minutes of his four point guards. It will also be compelling to find out what combinations he will use depending on who they play against. The situation in Minnesota will be something worth monitoring to see if any of them will get traded during the course of the season.
But with a coach as experienced as Thibodeau, it will be hard to question his claim that having four point guards will work to his team’s advantage. With his system in place, especially on the defensive end, there are high expectations for the young Timberwolves as they look to make a playoff appearance this season.