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2012/13 NBA Team Rankings & Previews: #12 Minnesota Timberwolves

#12 – Minnesota Timberwolves

2011/12 Record: 26-40, no playoffs

2012/13 Projected Record: 47-35, playoffs  

Key Additions:

Brandon Roy – Shooting Guard
Alexey Shved – Shooting Guard
Andrei Kirilenko – Small Forward
Chase Budinger – Small Forward
Greg Stiemsma – Center

Key Departures:

Martell Webster – Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Michael Beasley – Small Forward
Wesley Johnson – Small Forward
Wayne Ellington – Shooting Guard

Depth Chart:

Point Guard: Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour
Shooting Guard: Brandon Roy, Alexey Shved
Small Forward: Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger
Power Forward: Kevin Love, Derrick Williams
Center: Nikola Pekovic, Greg Stiemsma

The X Factor:

Ricky Rubio

The Wolves were 21-20 with the young Spaniard in their lineup last year, 5-20 with him sidelined (no, that’s not a typo).  So obviously Ricky Rubio’s full (and quick) recovery from his knee injury is vital for the Wolves to have any shot at the playoffs this season.


Despite still being run by their much-maligned front office, the Wolves seriously upgraded their squad in the offseason.  Some pundits have them pegged for as many as 57 wins this year.  While that might be a tad bit optimistic, there’s no doubt that Minnesota is a serious playoff contender this season.  And, depending on Rubio’s health and what they get from new additions Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy, they might not just make the playoffs – they might do some damage in the NBA’s second season, too.

NBA Preseason Power Rankings

#13 – Dallas Mavericks
#14 - New York Knicks
#15 - Atlanta Hawks
#16 - Chicago Bulls
#17 - Utah Jazz
#18 - Golden State Warriors
#19 - Portland Trailblazers
#20 - Milwaukee Bucks
#21 - Cleveland Cavaliers
#22 - New Orleans Hornets
#23 - Washington Wizards
#24 - Toronto Raptors
#25 - Sacramento Kings
#26 - Phoenix Suns
#27 - Houston Rockets
#28 - Detroit Pistons
#29 - Orlando Magic
#30 - Charlotte Bobcats

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