President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas has a imaginative and prescient for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
After making large adjustments to the Wolves’ roster on the 2019-20 commerce deadline, Rosas has surrounded All-Stars Karl-Anthony Cities and D’Angelo Russell with a core of promising younger expertise.
Every Thursday, we’ll be monitoring the progress of those younger gamers whereas additionally maintaining with the G League Iowa Wolves to see who will rise to the problem of bringing a constant, profitable crew to Minnesota.
That is the 13th version of the 2020-21 Younger Wolves Tracker.
SPOTLIGHT ON …
Guard D’Angelo Russell
The clock is formally ticking.
The Timberwolves have 20 video games remaining to showcase what they’ve of their large three of rookie Anthony Edwards, middle Karl-Anthony Cities and Russell.
As a result of sicknesses, accidents and surgical procedures, the trio has shared the court docket in simply six of 52 contests in the course of the tumultuous 2020-21 season. The Wolves are 3-Three in these video games, though none have featured all three within the beginning lineup.
It’s a small pattern dimension, however it appears like Minnesota is perhaps on to one thing.
Russell returned to the Wolves rotation Monday and performed 24 minutes as a reserve in opposition to Sacramento, scoring 25 factors on 7-of-19 capturing and nailed 4 3-pointers. On Wednesday vs. Indiana, Russell once more got here off the bench and registered 17 factors and 5 assists in 24 minutes.
These three gamers had been Minnesota’s top-three scorers in each contests, with Russell’s 25 main the way in which within the 116-106 win over the Kings, and Cities’ 32 factors topping the crew within the 141-137 loss to the Pacers.
The Wolves are means out of the playoff race. However these remaining 20 contests imply one thing. Is the mix of Edwards, Russell and Cities sufficient to get the franchise again on observe?
By the tip of the season, we’ll have a greater thought.
— For the third time in his profession, Jaden McDaniels performed 37+ minutes Wednesday evening. He tallied eight factors on 3-of-5 capturing and added seven rebounds and two steals.
— Two-way guard Jordan McLaughlin has only one double-digit scoring effort over his final eight contests. He’s capturing 37.4% from the sphere this season, in comparison with 48.9% in 30 contests final yr.
— Edwards isn’t solely scoring a bunch of factors (24.1 common over his final seven video games), however he’s stealing the ball at a formidable price. Edwards has at the least one steal in his final 20 contests.