Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 biggest disappointments from the 2018-19 NBA season
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The Minnesota Timberwolves were not able to build upon their first playoff appearance in over a decade with a poor showing in 2018-19.
The Minnesota Timberwolves went into the 2018-19 season with an excitement level not seen since the days of Kevin Garnett. The franchise was coming off its first playoff appearance since 2004 and possessed two All-Stars in Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Minnesota was expected to build on its best season of the decade. Instead, the Wolves finished the season with a record of 36-46, 11th-best in the Western Conference. The front office was essentially forced to trade Butler early on and parted ways with a head coach who many were high on upon his hiring in the summer of 2016.
What was once supposed to be the next dominant powerhouse out West has now developed into a situation whose direction is anyone’s guess. KAT has clearly asserted himself as one of the best young players in the game, a two-time All-Star with historically great numbers.
Here is what Gersson Rosas will inherit in Minnesota as president of basketball operations.
Figuring out the riddle known as Andrew Wiggins will be his biggest challenge.https://t.co/WJU7j0ows5
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) May 1, 2019
Outside of him, the roster is a mess with little financial flexibility moving forward. The veterans bring along either overlapping or incompatible skills, while the youngsters raise more question marks than tangible results.
It would’ve been one thing for Minnesota to miss out on the 2019 NBA Playoffs simply given how stacked its competition was all season long. Instead, the organization took multiple steps backward in its journey toward relevance, leaving fans to wonder what the next move will be for their beloved Timberwolves squad.