After a competitive playoff performance and a major offseason trade that brought in Rudy Gobert, the Timberwolves appear to be legitimate contenders in the Western Conference. Minnesota won 46 games and reached the postseason for the first time in four years, but coach Chris Finch plans to emphasize to his team that the next step won’t come easily, writes Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
“I’m thinking a lot about the tone I want to set when we start,” Finch said. “We’re not going to be good because we expect to be good. We’re not going to be good because we had a good season last year. We’re going to be good because of the foundation that we lay from Day 1 and continue to build on that.”
Minnesota sent five players and a hefty package of draft assets to Utah to acquire Gobert, but the front office views him as a difference maker and doesn’t believe it overpaid, Krawczynski adds. Now it’s up to Finch and the rest of the coaching staff to figure out the best way to use Gobert alongside fellow big man Karl-Anthony Towns.
“I’m trying not to overthink that right now,” Finch said. “I don’t want to solve a problem before we have a problem. But we have to have some ideas ready to go.”
There’s more from Minnesota:
- The addition of Kyle Anderson in free agency was an underrated offseason move, Krawczynski adds in a mailbag column. The 28-year-old forward doesn’t put up flashy stat lines, but he’s a versatile defender who can make up for the losses of Patrick Beverley and Jarred Vanderbilt and he can handle the ball and help run the offense. He also brings playoff experience, appearing in nine series during his time with the Spurs and Grizzlies.
- Jaden McDaniels has a chance to become a starter this season, and team officials are very happy with what they’ve seen from him during the summer, Krawczynski states in the same piece. McDaniels has been training at the team facility along with Naz Reid, Nathan Knight and several other players. He’s been focused on becoming stronger and quicker and has been working with player development coach Joe Boylan to improve as a transition scorer.
- With Beverley and Malik Beasley shipped out in the Gobert trade, Jaylen Nowell will likely be the first guard off the Wolves’ bench, Krawczynski adds. The team talked to Nowell about an extension after the end of last season, according to Krawczynski, but didn’t offer enough for him to commit without knowing whether he would have a role in the rotation.
10 thoughts on “Wolves Notes: Finch, K. Anderson, McDaniels, Nowell”
to be qualify for the starter, Jaden McDaniels has to shoot 36%+ from the three.
He got 32% last season
He is too skinny to play PF.
that’s why he’d be a small forward.
PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Anthony Edwards
SF – Jaden McDaniels
PF – Karl-Anthony Towns
C – Rudy Gobert
easy contender with quality starters for every position
When did DLo become a quality starter? He is a below average PG, with bad defence, bad shooting numbers and a tendency to settle for a lot of tough jumpers
KAT, Anderson, Reid and Prince will play all of the PF minutes…
Jaden gets to start at SF… Where his length matters more than strength…
I’ll take Jaden over any wing players the Jazz had paired with Gobert… As the Jazz terrible post season play came down to a lack of perimeter defence…
Jaden is far and away the best defensive wing Gobert has played with…
With KAT and Ant Gobert also has the best offensive talent around him..
The Naz experiment at PF has never worked, so I really don’t see him getting minutes there. He’s the backup center.
I can’t wait to see if Rudy gets energized with the Wolves and tries to expand his game (for better or worse, as a 30 year old).
Wolves are a better team than Cavs but Cavs have a better chance to be a top 4 seed than Wolves.
Last season, all top 3 seeds were in the West.
The East is still weak outside of the Bucks and Celtics…
So there’s more easy wins…
gobert he suck
Gobert is a garbage guy who only lives under the rim offensively …
Finch needs to be fired after thisterrible trade for the Wolves.
The rising salary cap make the Gobert trade so much easier to swallow…
By the time his contract is an expiring deal it will be worth the same percentage as a 20m deal does under todays cap…
Besides, the Wolves go from an also ran playoff team to one that provides match up nightmares…