I have always remained somewhat optimistic about this team coming into this season. We're only on pace to win 25 games this season, but there have been many great signs of promise from this young squad. Michael Beasley is finally showing the league why he was drafted #2 overall 3 years ago, averaging a career high 22 points and delivering some clutch play in the final minutes of the game. Although his rebounding is free throw percentage is down (68% compared to a usual 78-80%) and his rebounding is below average, Beasley is still being productive in ways other than the scoring department. Kevin Love does enough rebounding to make up for his numbers anyways. Speaking of Love, he is also getting better and better as we go on. He's currently posting career highs in scoring, rebounding, 3-pointer percentage, and free throw percentage. These aren't just increases of 1 or 2 points or percentage points, but these are statistically significant rises. It may not be evident in the assist column, but Love's ability to pass out of the post is crucial to the offense in Minnesota. The added playing time by Rambis has been key for Love, and they have a great relationship.
Love and Beasley have been the two VERY bright spots of this season so far. The team overall still has a ways to go, but the progression has been nice. Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster still have yet to hit the court this season due to injury issues, but when those two return I can see this team being able to squeeze out a couple more wins than the current lineup we have right now. They both add more offense to the equation, and Webster is a very good defender with some 3 point range. Flynn is a natural born leader, but still has to develop a feel for the offense and be more decisive and consistent. Luke Ridnour is a great mentor for him and should be able to help mold him into a very efficient player.
Darko's play this year has been kinda blah, but his interior defense has been helpful. Bassy Telfair has been pretty solid in his second run with the team, but I would prefer he provide a spark off the bench when Flynn returns. Corey Brewer hasn't been very impressive in my opinion, but we have more depth from the likes of Webster, Ellington, and Wes Johnson. Wes has been having a solid rookie season. There's still room for improvement, but he has been progressing along nicely.
These players have all been brought in by Kahn and Rambis. This is the team that he has been envisioning for the past couple of years, and it will finally be "complete" in his eyes when a certain player from Spain finally comes to play for our team. It could all play out soon, but for now this team has some room for improvement. We will reach greatness someday, but for now it seems Kahn is starting to look like he's been right all along. Post your thoughts and comments below!