I’ve been an off-and-on fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves since the initial Kevin Garnett era ended. I’m not on the fence anymore. This year’s team will miss the playoffs again but there’s no mistaking the direction they’re heading in.

After the 2014-2015 season ended, the T’Wolves traded All Star power forward to Cleveland in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, the first overall draft pick in that summer’s draft. It isn’t often that a team trades away an All Star player in the prime of his career and gets the better of the trade but that’s exactly what happened. Prior to that trade, the T’Wolves picked UCLA’s Zach Levine with their own draft pick. Levine is still a bit inconsistent but he’s shown flashes of brilliance, especially offensively.

In last summer’s draft, the T’Wolves finally won the lottery, the first time they’ve picked first in the draft since their inception. They made the most of that opportunity, both in terms of picking the right player but also picking first in the right year. They picked Kentucky’s Karl Anthony Towns with the first overall pick, picking him over Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, then trading for hometown hero Tyus Jones. Jones started slowly but he’s played with lots more confidence the last month.

The result has been the T’Wolves gelling as a team. Mix in the T’Wolves big three of Towns, Wiggins and Levine with Ricky Rubio and Gorgui Dieng and you’ve got a talented starting lineup. Throw in Jones, Shabazz Muhammad and Nemanja Bjelica and you’ve got a talented bench.

This video shows just how talented KAT is:

Next year’s T’Wolves team will make the playoffs barring them getting hit with a ton of injuries. They’re that good.

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