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    Minnesota's core

    Saw the post on the Hawks core and thought I'd do something similar on Minnesota. How do you think they did in reimagining their core with guys like D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez, while taking on some big, expiring contracts like Crabbe and Turner?

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    I think they're set up alright for the future, at least offensively.
    D'Angelo's a decent secondary scorer who can also run the offense and makes Towns a little happier. Beasley looks like an upgrade from Wiggins with his dramatically better shooting and playmaking. Hernangomez is a promising, rangy tweener. They're all 23 to 24 years old, right in line with Towns.
    Okogie and Culver, only 21 and 20, could still show some promise and are on rookie deals for a few years.
    Towns is injured for a while, but all that ultimately means this season is another decent lottery pick. Minnesota also has more than $37 million coming off the books this summer, and another $15.3 million next summer.

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    They are a star or 2 away

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    They have their star in Towns. I think Russell is overrated in terms of impact to a team, yes his stats are solid. Beasley was a massive pickup. Juancho spreads the floor for Russell and Towns. They have to improve defensively though. They are showing they can score but their defense is losing them games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tp13baby View Post
    They have their star in Towns. I think Russell is overrated in terms of impact to a team, yes his stats are solid. Beasley was a massive pickup. Juancho spreads the floor for Russell and Towns. They have to improve defensively though. They are showing they can score but their defense is losing them games.
    There are questions about everyone one the team but there is a lot of potential there. How has Saunders done coaching this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tg11 View Post
    They are a star or 2 away
    With KAT, DLO and Beasley they're still a star or 2 away? Yikes.

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    When your two best players are a joke on the defensive end it's not gonna be pretty unless they are absolutely transcendent offensive talents which neither KAT or Russell are.


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    wtf is the league doing fining the Wolves for resting Russell while Kawhi, LeBron, etc have been openly rested w/o issue all season long
    gotta love 'referential' treatment

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiteWolf View Post
    wtf is the league doing fining the Wolves for resting Russell while Kawhi, LeBron, etc have been openly rested w/o issue all season long
    Yea that was dumb as hell
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tg11 View Post
    They are a star or 2 away
    Does that include the jury being out on Beasley? He's looking pretty damn good. They just need a defensive captain now.

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    I would say they need Booker to be "transcendent" offensively and two really good defenders at the forward positions to round it out. Okogie is a good fit at SF, even though he is undersized at 6'4". James Johnson is a good prototype of what that other player at the PF spot should be, but much younger and much cheaper. I don't think Hernandgomez is here(in Minny) long term. Beasley is a nice player, but is he worth the money he is about to get paid? Still a fringe playoff team(like they should have been this year until the injuries piled up) next year, but they need significant additions and improvement from within to become something, and the window to prove they can do it isn't very long(3 years) before D'Lo and KAT's contracts are up. They need a ton of depth, as playing 4 rookies heavy minutes is not a recipe for success.


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    Malik Beasley is not even all that great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tg11 View Post
    Malik Beasley is not even all that great
    He is 23 in his second year of consistent playing time (some of the year with Denver is wasn’t) basically a 45/40/76% with above average defense lol

    Dude is still a pup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tg11 View Post
    Malik Beasley is not even all that great
    He really bent over my clippers tho. He's always had the talent too, Denver may have fiddled up

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    It's better without Wiggins on it, that is for sure.

    Overall, still a LONG ways to go. But Rosas has seemingly improved the talent level, the financial flexibility, and helped the nearly non-existent fan base at least notice the Wolves again.

    If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love.

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