The Wolves are sending what, in several games this season, is 4/5ths of their starting lineup to the Rising Stars game as part of All Star Weekend.
The format this year has changed from celebrity coach selection to a USA vs Worlds field, which means our Pups will be lining up on opposite sides of the court.
Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad will compete as part of Team USA, along with Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams, Mason Plumlee, Trey Burke, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Cody Zeller. It's not certain Bazz will play, as his timetable for recovery lands almost squarely on All Star Weekend.
Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng will join a ridiculously tall Worlds team with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum, Nikola Mirotic, Steven Adams, Kelly Olynyk, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Dennis Schroeder. Prominently left out here are Jusuf Nurkic and Alex Len. I personally would have sent them both and just used Greek Freek at point guard the whole game.
The Wolves sending four players to the Rising Stars game is a new record, beating out (among others) the Jazz sending three players this year as well. Also, the Wolves and Jazz have a combined record of 23-66. It's possible there is a correlation.
So remember, when someone asks you who you think will win: Team USA or Worlds, the correct answer is, in fact, Minnesota.