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Minnesota Timberwolves: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook

Minnesota Timberwolves 2016 NBA Season Preview

October 27, 2016

NBA Championship: 85/1 Over/under win total: 40.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves open the 2016-17 season under a new banner as the Tom Thibodeau era takes effect in the Twin Cities.

Here is your 2016 Minnesota Timberwolves preview.

Minnesota Timberwolves: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook

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Curtain Call: Kevin Garnett called it a career on September 23rd, 2016, thus finishing his career where he started, when he was selected 5th overall by these same T-wolves in 1995. Garnett spent the better part of 12 years in Minnesota before extended stops in Boston and Brooklyn, winning an NBA championship in the process before finding himself back in Minnesota. Garnett averaged a career double-double, putting up 17.8 points and 10 rebounds per game over a career 1,462 games, while shooting almost 50% for his career.

Breaking down the draft: The Wolves used their lone selection in the 2016 draft to select Providence point guard Kris Dunn 5th overall. Dunn started to really bloom after his junior year, however it was during his senior season that Dunn started to garner top-10 and even possible top-5 pick status, as he averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 33 games (32 starts) for the Friars last season en route to a #8 seed in the NCAA tournament, defeating USC before falling in the round of 32 to North Carolina.

Outlook: This is a Timberwolves team that I think could surprise a lot of people this year. They have a solid young core that have shown signs of improvement, and have all the athletic ability in the world at their fingertips. Now they have an established coach and leader in Tom Thibodeau, which could prove to be all the difference in a Northwest division that is winnable for the first time in years.

Projected record: 45-37

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