When we asked Hoops Rumors readers about a month ago which NBA team had the best offseason, the Timberwolves were the runaway winner, beating out the Celtics and Warriors. That poll came before Boston’s acquisition of Kyrie Irving, so it’s possible that the voting would look a little different today, but the fact remains: Minnesota is viewed as a much-improved club.
The Timberwolves’ acquisition of Jimmy Butler was the key move of the summer, but it wasn’t the team’s only major splash. After landing Butler in a trade, the Wolves used their cap room to bring aboard veterans like Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, and Jamal Crawford. Those players will join a young group that includes a pair of former No. 1 picks in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
While the Wolves certainly improved their roster this offseason, the team isn’t stacked with outside shooting, and may be lacking a little depth. Minnesota is also coming off a 31-51 season a year ago, so even getting to .500 would require an extra 10 wins.
Nonetheless, oddsmakers and bettors are bullish on the Wolves’ chances to improve well beyond that .500 mark — offshore betting site Bovada has Minnesota’s over/under for 2017/18 at 48.5 wins. In other words, to reach the over, the Wolves would have to increase their win total by at least 18.
What do you think? Is that too significant a leap to expect in a single season, particularly with so many new faces on the roster? Or is there enough talent on this Timberwolves roster to reasonably expect the club to reach the 49-win mark? Vote below in our poll and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!
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