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Zach Lowe dives deep into the excitement in Minnesota

The writer takes a long look at the young Timberwolves.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony Towns, and Zach Lavine form one of the most exciting young cores in the NBA.

Zach Lowe, of grantland fame, recently returned to writing for with a long look at the Timberwolves.

I strongly recommend checking out the whole article, but here are some highlights.


Towns is already the best player on the team, and if he stays healthy, he should eventually develop into one of the league's top 10 players. He can score in the post, mostly with a bullying right-handed jump hook, and he threads nifty passes above and around help defenders. He slices for dunks on the pick-and-roll, and when the offense requires Towns pop out toward the 3-point arc, he can blaze past bigger defenders with an advanced pump-and-go game.

Minnesota also needs to find the right long-term partner on the wing for Wiggins, because God knows it isn't the bricktastic Prince. And by the way: All the nitpicking of Wiggins' rookie season has obscured how good this dude is at age 20. He has balletic footwork on defense -- always on balance, capable of changing directions on a dime. Some players have a jagged start-and-stop to their defense: They move one way, stop, gear up again and begin another movement. There is a liquid quality to the way Wiggins flows from one movement to the next, and Minnesota has put together some spectacular sequences when all of their best defenders are on the floor.

Anyways, go read the whole article. It has the typical wonderful gif breadowns from Mr. Lowe.

(h/t Lowe)