October 25, 2013

NBA 2013-2014: Best offseason moves - #10 Minnesota Timberwolves

Time for the top ten.

Oklahoma City didn't get too clingy with their one-year replacement for James Harden, but the Minnesota Timberwolves could be the ideal fit for Kevin Martin and a struggling franchise. New president Flip Saunders, who replaced David Kahn earlier this year, acquired the sharpshooting guard in a three-team trade that sent Luke Ridnour and a draft pick to the Milwaukee Bucks and draft rights to Oklahoma City.

A few factors play into this addition improving the Timberwolves' roster. For one, Minnesota was the NBA's worst three-point shooting team last season, whereas Martin averaged a career-best percentage from beyond the arc last season at 42.6 percent. There's also the element of familiarity. Timberwolves' head coach Rick Adelman coached Martin both in Sacramento and Houston. Adelman's dribble-drive oriented corner offense is tailor-made for Martin's style of play, (see video below) which involves constant movement without the basketball. Along with point guard Ricky Rubio and a healthy Kevin Love this team can score plenty of points and become a loose cannon in the Western Conference. There's also Chase Budinger and J.J. Barea, both playmakers, Nikola Pekovic, one of the league's better offensive rebounders when healthy, and a pending pan out of no. 14 overall draft pick Shabazz Muhammed. I see upside with this move and an improvement that I feel can make the Timberwolves a sleeper in the West. 

Other additions: Corey Brewer, Ronny Turiaf, Gorgui Dieng (draft)

- Martin S. @marley_mcfly


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