Coming into Wednesday night’s game the Spurs had a 16-3 record against the Timberwolves since Andrew Wiggins was traded to the team. During this time the T’wolves had a 3 year losing drought to the Spurs. With an all time record of 89-32 the Timberwolves have quite a bit of catching up to do.
A New Year
The Timberwolves seem to be a completely different team this year then years past. Wiggins is averaging a career high 25 points per game on 46% from the field. Scoring isn’t the only thing Wiggins has improved on as his assists(3.3) have went up as well as his rebounds(5.4). While Wiggins has looked good, he’s not the only one averaging 25+ points per game. Karl-Anthony Towns is also averaging new career highs this year at 26 points per game, 12.6 Rebounds and 4 assists.
Keita Bates-Diop seems to be a bright spot the last three games as he’s averaged 17 points. When given 29 minutes per game KBD is responding well. He seems to be finding his shots and helping on the defensive end as well. Josh Okogie has been a good spark to the team this year and last night was no different. Okogie ended the night with 11 points and 8 rebounds. With the sixth pick in the draft the Timberwolves drafted Jarrett Culver from Texas Tech. While he is contributing 8.9 points per game his strength is his defense. Culver has been a defensive presence all year, so far he was 12 steals and 9 blocks in 18 games played. Robert Covington is also averaging 12 points per game being a key contributor.
A Look into December
Wednesday night’s win over the Spurs was the last game of November. Through this first month of the season the T’Wolves have been 10-8. December will answer many questions about this team. While the defense has looked better this year, Minnesota is still allowing 114 points per game. The flip side of that coin is the Timberwolves are also averaging 114 points scored per game. When the Grizzlies come to town Sunday night, the T’Wolves hope to lock down Ja Morant as he was has averaged 19 points so far this season. Morant isn’t the only Memphis rookie to be aware of either. With the 21st pick in this years draft Oklahoma City took Brandon Clarke and then immediately traded him for the 23rd pick owned by Memphis. Clarke has been a good contribution for the Grizzlies averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and a block this year on 22 minutes a game. Even at 5-12 going into their next matchup with the Jazz, the Grizzlies are a pretty exciting team to watch.
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