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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.


Summary: 
 

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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