The Minnesota Timberwolves cannot stop the bleeding and Karl-Anthony Towns is fed up
Minnesota sits with a putrid 15-35 record while riding a 13-game losing streak. What is even more depressing is that because he was out for a period earlier in the season, Towns has not won a game since November 27th against the San Antonio Spurs.
Folks, we are headed into the middle of February and he has not won a game since Thanksgiving.
Through their last 10 games, the Timberwolves have been quite the confusing bunch. They are 17th in the league in points, bottom five in field goal and 3-point percentage yet rank 6th in assists. They are 20th in rebounds but allow the second-fewest second chance points per game. They rank in the bottom 10 in offensive and defensive rating but are 7th in pace.
Minnesota has been one of the more underachieving teams this season and while the Towns injury could be to blame for their woes, the rest of the roster has remained intact.
Until the trade deadline.
Easy scapegoats like Andrew Wiggins, despite a career year, is now out in San Francisco. Former first-team all-defense forward Robert Covington is suiting up for the Houston Rockets. While they landed their big fish in D’Angelo Russell, there is still plenty to question this roster.
By gaining Russell, the Timberwolves had to give up a 2021 top-3 protected first-round pick. So the 14th seed in the Western Conference just gave up a first-round pick to the 15th seed who are just awaiting the return of the Splash Brothers.
It is tough to see the future that Minnesota wants to construct. After Towns and Russell, there is a steep drop in talent and production. It seems unlikely that youngsters Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver are ready to take a big step forward
Bringing D’Lo in will keep Towns happy, but as the team continues to struggle, the bleaker it looks in Minnesota.