There has been a lot of speculating about how many games the Timberwolves win next year. I'm curious what the general consensus is.
Many have mentioned that we have improved on the wings (mostly by subtraction) with the additions of Webster, Johnson, Hayward and the continued improvement of Brewer and Ellington. While the devil's advocate says that 2 of these 'improvements' are rookies, Webster has been relatively average over his 5 year career, and some don't expect much more improvement or minutes for Brewer and Ellington.
In the front court we lost our #1 scoring option in Al Jefferson, but we signed Darko and traded for former #2 pick Beasley. This also should open up more playing time for Kevin Love. The loss of Jefferson could be huge, but the potential frontcourt of Darko, Love, Beasley, (Pekovic) could be much more balanced than last year.
The Timberwolves are seemingly more athletic, have better 3pt shooting, and should be better defensively. But at the same time we are younger and less-proven. We are relying more on potential this year, whether that be in rookies or in fresh starts (Darko, Beasley, to some extent Love), which is both exciting and possibly futile.
So assume that Ramon Sessions, and Koufos, gets traded for an insignificant piece (cap space, picks) and that Ridnour and Pekovic are signed. Barring any more significant moves our roster looks like this:
PG: Flynn, Ridnour
Wings: Johnson, Webster, Brewer, Ellington, Hayward
Frontcourt: Love, Beasley, Darko, Pekovic, Hollins
So I ask you, CH cult, how many games does this squad win next year?