Minnesota Timberwolves 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 13, Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA
Round 2, Pick 40, Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
Round 2, Pick 53, Alessandro Gentile, SF, Italy
4-7-14: The Timberwolves split their four games this past week. On Friday, Kevin Love recorded his second career triple-double as Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 143-107. In addition, Nikola Pekovic scored a game-high 26 points that night. Love and Pekovic have another frontcourt man who can help them in future seasons. The NBA announced that Gorgui Dieng was the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March. He was also the game-high rebounder on Sunday. Although the Wolves lost that game at Brooklyn and then dropped Monday’s contest against the Los Angeles Clippers, Love put up another triple-double to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
4-1-14: The Timberwolves went 1-2 this past week. They began with a back-to-back set against Western Conference opponents. Kevin Love put up 36 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday against the Phoenix Suns, but the Wolves did not have a strong fourth quarter. They squandered a huge lead and lost, 127-120. On Monday, Gorgui Dieng put up a double-double, including a game-high 17 rebounds against the Memphis Grizzlies, but Minnesota lost by 17 points. Dieng made it back-to-back double-doubles with 15 points and 15 rebounds on Wednesday as he helped the Wolves to a 107-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
3-24-14: The Timberwolves continue to hover around .500 as the organization ponders the future of this squad. Unfortunately, Friday night did not go so well for Minnesota. Late in the third quarter, Nikola Pekovic, who has had ankle issues this season, left the game with a sore right ankle. The team lost by 12 points that night in Charlotte. Pekovic remained out for the rest of the week. The Wolves played very close games on Sunday and Wednesday and were victorious in both of them. Then, on Thursday, Gorgui Dieng put up 22 points and 21 rebounds, but Minnesota lost to the Houston Rockets by 23 points.
3-17-14: The Timberwolves ended their four-game homestand this past week. Since they were not able to take advantage of this easy part of the schedule, their playoff hopes continue to slip away. They finished with a 2-2 record in those four home games against opponents from the Eastern Conference. The two victories were against the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks. In the loss on Sunday to the Toronto Raptors, Kevin Love almost triple-doubled, but that was not the highlight of the night. With 144 made 3-pointers through 59 games in 2013-14, Love is now the single-season franchise leader in 3-pointers made.
3-10-14: The Timberwolves fought their way back to above .500, but they will need to play even better if they want to make the playoffs this season. Minnesota began the week by finishing its five-game road trip. On Saturday, both Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic returned from their injuries to lead the Wolves past the Sacramento Kings, 108-97. Martin’s 26 points were a game-high. Then on Monday, Kevin Love took over. His 33 points and 19 rebounds were both game-highs as he registered his league-leading 50th double-double of the season. He helped the Wolves beat the Denver Nuggets by four points that evening, but Love only scored 19 points in Minnesota’s double-digit loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
3-3-14: The Timberwolves started a five-game road trip this past week. Each of the games was against an opponent from the Western Conference. On Saturday, Kevin Love posted his first career triple-double in Minnesota’s 121-104 victory over the Utah Jazz. The Utah crowd respected Love’s tremendous performance, as he put up 22 points in the third quarter. The Wolves then played the second night of the back-to-back set in Portland. Love had another great game, but his 31 points and 10 rebounds were not enough. Minnesota fell to the Trail Blazers, 108-97. However, the Wolves bounced back on Tuesday. Love was the man of the match again. He almost had another triple-double in the 110-101 win against the Phoenix Suns.
2-24-14: Kevin Love had a relatively busy All-Star weekend as the only participant from the Timberwolves. He took part in the 3-Point Shootout on Saturday and then started in the All-Star game the following night. He put up 13 points and nine rebounds, but the Western Conference lost. However, it was a successful week for the Minnesota basketball team. Kevin Love led all players with 42 points and 16 rebounds as he guided the Wolves past the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Although it was Minnesota’s only game of the week, it was an important victory over one of the best teams in the league.
2-18-14: Heading into the All-Star break, the Timberwolves are six games out of a Western Conference playoff spot, meaning that they could miss the postseason for the 10th consecutive season. Minnesota’s recent struggles have been due in part to major injuries to a couple of the team’s starters. After a 98-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, the Wolves learned that they would be without their top two leading scorers on Saturday. Minnesota lost by seven points to the Portland Trail Blazers that evening. While Kevin Love returned for Monday’s contest, Kevin Martin remains out indefinitely with a broken thumb. Although the Wolves fell to the Houston Rockets on Monday, Kevin Love led the way with 32 points in their 117-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
2-10-14: Without starting center Nikola Pekovic, the Timberwolves are struggling to get to above .500. This past week, they went 1-3 to fall to 24-25 on the season. On Friday, Kevin Love scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but it was not enough in Minnesota’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Wolves then traveled to Atlanta to face the Hawks the next night, and Love was fantastic again. However, his 43 points and 19 rebounds could not bring them the victory. Finally, another player stepped up on Tuesday: Kevin Martin’s game-high 32 points complemented Love’s 31 as Minnesota defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by double digits. Wednesday was a frustrating night for the Wolves, as Love sat out due to a stiff neck, and they fell by nine points to the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
2-4-14: The Timberwolves might have some life left in them to make a run at a playoff position in the difficult Western Conference. On Friday, Minnesota shocked the Golden State crowd as Kevin Martin hit the game-winning shot in a 121-120 victory over the Warriors. Martin and Kevin Love each posted 26 points to lead the Wolves past Golden State. Then, Martin continued his strong scoring stretch with a game-high 30 points on Saturday at Portland. However, it was not enough as the Trail Blazers defeated the Wolves, 115-104. On Monday, Nikola Pekovic suffered a right Achilles injury early in the game, but Ronny Turiaf filled in with his season-highs in points and blocks to help get Minnesota the important victory over the Bulls in Chicago. The Wolves made it two in a row without Pekovic as they beat the New Orleans Pelicans by 11 points on Wednesday.
1-27-14: The Timberwolves had a somewhat easy schedule this past week, as they took on the Toronto Raptors and faced the Utah Jazz in a home-and-home set. Although Minnesota lost to the Raptors by five points in Toronto on Friday, the Timberwolves bounced back very quickly to blow out the Jazz, 98-72, at the Target Center. Nikola Pekovic scored a game-high 27 points, as he had one of his best games of the season. Then, Rick Adelman’s squad made it consecutive victories against the Jazz as the Timberwolves won, 112-97, on Tuesday night in Utah. Each of Minnesota’s five starters scored double-digit points as they dominated the Jazz’s starting lineup.
1-20-14: The Timberwolves still cannot win a close game. Dating back to last season, they have lost 14 consecutive contests decided by four or fewer points. The last time they won a close game was on March 17 when they defeated New Orleans, 97-95. With their inability to close out games, the Timberwolves have not been above .500 since late November. On Wednesday, they suffered another frustrating defeat. They lost, 111-108, to the Sacramento Kings to move to 18-20 on the season. The playoffs are looking like less of a possibility, and it looks like the Timberwolves will be sellers at the trade deadline.
1-7-14: The Timberwolves had a strong week, as they are once again back at .500. They have won three of their last four games, and Kevin Love has been one of the main reasons for their success. Love, who has scored double-digit points in all 31 of his games played this season, averaged almost 29 points per game in those four contests. Minnesota’s only loss this past week came on Monday against the Dallas Mavericks, and the NBA said that the officials missed a controversial foul call on Love’s jumper. However, the Timberwolves bounced back to match their highest-scoring game of the season in their victory on Wednesday over the New Orleans Pelicans.
12-30-13: The Timberwolves had a light week with little travel, but were disappointed with the results. They entered with a record of 13-13 with two games in three days at the Staples Center. First, it was Friday evening’s contest against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Kevin Love’s 25 points and Nikola Pekovic’s 10 offensive rebounds were not enough to defeat the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers. Then on Sunday, Love had an unbelievable stat line with a season-high 45 points and 19 rebounds, but the Timberwolves gave up their late lead and lost a game that they should have won. There were costly Minnesota mistakes in the fourth quarter that led to the Clippers’ furious comeback.
12-22-13: The Timberwolves had a difficult schedule this past week, but fought back to get to .500. They began with a loss in San Antonio to the Spurs on Friday, but then traveled to Tennessee to beat the Memphis Grizzlies two days later. However, back-to-back games did not treat Minnesota very well. On Monday, they made a comeback at the TD Garden against the Celtics, but lost by four points. The Timberwolves then bounced back to get an important double-digit victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Kevin Love had an unbelievable week, as he averaged 32 points per game in those four contests.
12-13-13: Kevin Love has been amazing for the Timberwolves this season. He has registered a double-double in 20 of his 21 games this season. After sitting out Saturday’s loss to the Miami Heat, he has returned with excellent play. As Love has done several times this season, he led all players in points and rebounds in each of the Timberwolves’ last two games. The first was a 27-point victory over the Pistons in Detroit and the second was a home win over the Philadelphia 76ers. For the Timberwolves to make the playoffs in the difficult Western Conference, they will need Love to be at his best.
12-6-13: After a strong start to the 2013-14 season, it has been a struggle for the Timberwolves. However, the players got a nice resting period between contests with the postponement of their game in Mexico City on Wednesday evening. With Minnesota’s schedule getting a lot tougher recently, the time off is very helpful for the young team. After winning in Dallas on the previous Saturday, Minnesota lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. While Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nicola Pekovic have remained extremely strong contributors to the team, new starters Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer have brought great scoring production to Minnesota.
11-28-13: Minnesota is sitting at 8-9 on the season and has now lost five of their last six games, with the only win coming against a down Brooklyn Nets team. The five losses have all come against teams that would be playoff teams if the postseason were to start today. The big news this week in Minny was a trade that sent former number two overall pick Derrick Williams to Sacramento in exchange for reserve forward Luc Mbah a Moute. It was also announced that Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf could return to the team in 3-4 weeks.
11-22-13: Minnesota is sitting at 7-6 on the season and straddling a place they feel most comfortable – the 9th seed in the West. After starting the season 6-3, the Timberwolves have lost three of their last four. All three losses were by four points. After some recent questionable late game rotations (Rubio on the bench), Rick Adelman will have to work some magic to get Minnesota back into the win column. Impressive play from Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin has added a whole new element to this Timberwolves squad – they just need to sustain it.
11-15-13: It’s all about offense in Minnesota, where Kevin Love and Kevin Martin are red-hot with their shooting strokes and point guard Ricky Rubio is dishing out assists at a career-high rate. Minnesota took care of business in week three, beating the Mavericks, Lakers and Cavaliers. Their only loss in the past week was to a very talented Clippers team by just two points.
11-8-13: The T’Wolves knew it wasn’t any fun trying to win games without an injured Kevin Love last year, but they probably didn’t remember how fun it was actually winning with him around. Love is back and as good as ever, as he’s been a top scorer in the league during Minnesota’s solid 3-2 start. With a healthy Love, Ricky Rubio and the addition of scoring threat Kevin Martin, Minnesota is looking like a potential playoff team early on in 2013.
11-1-13: Soon after the Timberwolves’ busy draft night in which they took Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng among other players, Minnesota completed a trade for sharpshooter Kevin Martin. He starts alongside young phenom Ricky Rubio in the backcourt. Corey Brewer, who also recently came to Minnesota, starts at small forward alongside returning veterans Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. Love, who averaged 17 points per game in the preseason, is ready to stop the Timberwolves’ nine-year postseason drought. Rick Adelman enters his third year in Minnesota as he looks to have this team increase its win total for the third consecutive season.
10-18-13: The Minnesota Timberwolves are 2-2 through four 2013-2014 preseason games. The Timberwolves beat the Toronto Raptors 101-89 behind 20 points and nine rebounds from Kevin Love and seven assists from Ricky Rubio. Despite a similar performance from those two players, 28 points and 11 rebounds from Love and six assists from Rubio, Minnesota lost its most recent game against those same Raptors 104-97. Minnesota is averaging 100.5 points per game so far this preseason. The Timberwolves still have three preseason games left:
- Oct 20 vs Boston
- Oct 23 at Philadelphia
- Oct 24 at Detroit
8-23-13: The Minnesota Timberwolves entered the summer with two primary roster goals in mind. First, re-sign the bruising Nikola Pekovic and secondly, improve the shooting guard position. They succeeded at both. With Big Pek re-signed to a 5-year, $60M deal and Kevin Martin joining the team on a 4-year, $27M deal, Minnesota is going all in. The T-Wolves also brought back free agent Corey Brewer from Denver, their former 7th overall draft pick in 2007. The team had two first round picks this year and selected Shabazz Muhammad (14th) and Gorgui Dieng (21st) for further depth.
The Timberwolves will start their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Orlando Magic. The Oklahoma City Thunder come to town on Friday, November 1st and again on Saturday, January 4th.The Brooklyn Nets visit on Friday, November 22nd and the New York Knicks visit on Wednesday, March 5th. LeBron James and the Miami Heat will make a single appearance in Minneapolis on Saturday, December 7th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Orlando Magic
- November 1st – Oklahoma City Thunder
- November 20th – L.A. Clippers
- December 4th – San Antonio Spurs
- December 7th – Miami Heat
8-13-13: The Timberwolves an free agent forward Nikola Pekovic have agreed on a five-year, $60 million deal. The deal will also include up to and additional $8 million in incentives.
7-1-13: The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Trey Burke, the talented point guard out of Michigan. The T-Wolves are not exactly rebuilding and will likely trade the pick to the Utah Jazz once trades can be executed. The Wolves already have a young point guard in Ricky Rubio. Burke is a 6-1 point guard with all around skills and a great scoring ability. Wherever he lands he will make an immediate impact. Burke led his Michigan team to the NCAA championship game and just fell short to an older Louisville team last year. Minnesota dealt with a lot of injuries last year to their prime players, especially Kevin Love. This season they will attempt to continue what they started I a positive way with their young talent. Burke averaged over 18 points per game last year and was high school teammates with the Celtics’ Jared Sullinger. Last year at Michigan Burke shot 46% from the field and 38% from three-point range. He also dished out 6.7 assists per game. Home games in Minnesota had an average ticket price of $61 per game. Once Love fully returns, look for these prices to head north of a $61 average.
Timberwolves 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 14: SF Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA (from Jazz).
Round 1, Pick 21: C Gorgui Dieng (from Jazz).
Round 2, Pick 22: PG Lorenzo Brown, NC State.
Round 2, Pick 29: PF Bojan Dubljevic, Serbia.
6-12-13: Kevin Love was only able to play in 18 games this season and that resulted in a dismal 31 win season for his respected ball club. Ricky Rubio missed the first portion of the season as well while he recovered from a torn ACL injury from the year prior. Head coach Rick Adleman has a very nice young group to work with that has a winning future, health pending. Due to the absence of Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic was able to evolve into one of the most potent offensive big men in the league. At 6’11 290lbs. the center averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds per game. Once he and Love are able to coexist, the ‘Wolves front line will certainly make serious noise in the west.
2-20-13: This season has once again been a struggle for the Minnesota Timberwolves. At 19-31, they are 7.5 games outside of the final playoff spot and with injuries to superstar forward Kevin Love and talented wingman Andrei Kirilenko the future doesn’t seem much brighter ahead as far as this season is concerned. It’s hard to compete with upper echelon teams when you have a 7-18 road record. The Wolves have also lost 7 of their last ten games and their next opponents include Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Golden State. Look for some serious roster changes perhaps this offseason that may or may not include Kevin Love.
11-26-12: The Timberwolves were happy to welcome back Kevin Love to the lineup who debuted with a 34 point performance against the Nuggets in a losing effort. With games against the Kings and Clippers this week, the T-wolves will be looking to improve upon their 5-7 record as they await the return of another young star, Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves currently possess the league’s 4th best defense allowing just over 92 points per game.