The rules, again: This space is for positive news about the Minnesota Timberwolves. We like upbeat statistics, improving metrics, and glowing interviews and reviews of Wolves players, coaches, and front officers (good luck coming up with anything for the latter two).
What we don't like here is dipsh*t opinions such as, "I really think Thabeet could play the 2!" and whatnot.
Let us get it popping with the FACT that Basketball Reference has an "Expected Win" total for the Wolves of 17, which is vastly preferable to the Wolves "Actual Win" total of 13. However, the Wolves are a mere three actual wins away from topping last season's mark, so . . . Progress!
Speaking of progress, Wes Johnson is moving up David Thorpe's Rookie Rankings, weighing in at 7th. It's a well-deserved advance, since Wes recently bumped his PER up into double digits. Darko is #1 in Blocks per 48 minutes among "qualifying" players, and Corey Brewer is #2 in Steals per 48 minutes among the same bunch.
Finally, Kevin Love. Kevin Love, Kevin Love, Kevin Love, Kevin Love, and Kevin Love. Plus, Kevin Love, Kevin Love, Kevin Love, Kevin Love, and Kevin Love. And this mind-bending perspective on Kevin Love:
Ultimately, Kevin Love's approach may not be as glamorous or high-flying as the battle waged above the rim. But the work he does below it gives him an edge that many young players lack and would benefit from. In fact, Love is probably most effective against players who rely on explosiveness because of the lower body pressure he applies. Imagine combining the mechanics, intelligence, physical mentality and approach of a Kevin Love with Blake Griffin-like explosiveness. Younger players looking at ways they can find their niche at whatever level of basketball would do well to study how Kevin Love has "established the ground game."
Okay, what else is good (and real) about the Wolves?