On today’s show, Dane is joined by Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic to preview the Minnesota Timberwolves season by looking at how the 2021 Play-In Tournament Champs’ season might go right and how it could break wrong, before taking listener questions from a in-house audience during a live podcast at Forgotten Star Brewing Company.
How the season breaks right
- Karl-Anthony Towns defends at a high level for the entire season
- D’Angelo Russell is the best version of D’Angelo Russell, similar to his performance during the 2017-18 season when he was a member of the Brooklyn Nets
- Anthony Edwards makes the patented third-year leap and becomes the impactful two-way superstar he has shown flashes of evolving into throughout his first two seasons
- Rudy Gobert proves to be an underutilized player while he was with the Utah Jazz
How the season breaks wrong
- Loaded Western Conference proves to be too much for the Wolves
- Edwards has too much on his shoulders and doesn’t improve as much as he is projected to
- KAT and Gobert missing training camp proves costly, the team struggles with on-court chemistry early on in the regular season, and the Northern Heights experiment raises questions.
- Gobert ruffles feathers in the locker room and in the fan base
- Jaden McDaniels continues to struggle with foul trouble and forces the perimeter defense burden onto Russell and Edwards
- What might a potential D-Lo extension look like? When would an extension take place?
- The national media perception of the Wolves and how it might change throughout the season?