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Fansided: Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins Season Review
One step forward, two steps back.
It's perhaps the best way to describe Andrew Wiggins' career thus far with the Minnesota Timberwolves. And believe it or not, he's already been in the league for five seasons.
The question that Wiggins continues to battle is if he is already what he always will be: a durable, inefficient volume scorer who plays largely average defense and provides precious little else on the court. Or, can he get over the proverbial hump that at least theoretically still exists and become a star -- or even a solid starter -- on a playoff team?
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Star Tribune: Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 for 3-2 lead
MILWAUKEE -- Kawhi Leonard arrived in Toronto thinking he could pick up another championship to go with the one he already has.
One more victory and he'll play for another ring. And dominant performances like he put up Thursday night are a big reason why.
Leonard scored 35 points and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
"I'm not afraid of the moment," Leonard said. "This is what I work out for in the summer. I'm just trying to win. It's a matter of me being aggressive and don't shy away from anything.
Fansided: Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns is still the future of the franchise
Still just 23 years old, Karl-Anthony Towns became the first NBA player since Kevin Garnett's MVP campaign to record 1800+ points, 900+ rebounds, 250+ assists, and 125+ blocks in a season.
.@KarlTowns became the first @NBA player since KG's MVP campaign to record 1800+ points, 900+ rebounds, 250+ assists, and 125+ blocks in a season... all while shooting 40% from deep.
At 23, he's not even in his prime yet.
He's not a unicorn. He's KAT.
-- Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) May 23, 2019
Even with these impressive stats, Towns was still snubbed from making any of the All-NBA teams.
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Official Site of the Timberwolves: Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Ryan Saunders Purchases and Donates Lynx Home Opener Tickets
Minneapolis/St. Paul - Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Ryan Saunders has purchased and donated 500 tickets to the Lynx Home Opener on May 25, 2019 vs. the Chicago Sky. The tickets will go to several youth organizations through the Minnesota Lynx Tickets for Kids program.
"I'm a big fan of the Lynx and head coach Cheryl Reeve and want to show my appreciation for their support of the Timberwolves," Saunders said. "I've had several chats with Coach Reeve the past few weeks and I'm excited to see this year's team in action. I will be attending the game with my wife Hayley and we'll be cheering the Lynx on to victory.
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Star Tribune: Wolves' Towns misses out on All-NBA, $32 million
Karl-Anthony Towns could not crack the All-NBA team this season, and that will have ramifications for the extension Towns signed in September and for the Wolves' salary cap.
If Towns had made the team, it would have been his second All-NBA honor while playing on his rookie contract. That would have triggered the collective bargaining agreement's so-called "Rose Rule," named for Derrick Rose, which states that a player of Towns' amount of service time could make up to 30% of the salary cap for a single season as opposed to 25% if, among other caveats, he was named MVP once, an All-Star starter or All-NBA twice in his career up until that point.
Canis Hoopus: Targeting Future Wolves: Point Guard Edition
As you enjoy your Thursday morning cup of coffee we are going to start a new series here in Canis Land. There are five Thursday's leading up to draft night, which is Thursday, June 20. Each Thursday morning, we're going to analyze a different position group based upon who does and does not make sense for the Timberwolves to target with their first pick.
Of course, this is a complicated task, so here are a few of the ground rules that we're going to be abiding by:Fit matters. I get the Best Player Available approach.
Canis Hoopus: Draft Radar Part Four: Sekou Doumbouya
As the NBA playoffs rage on, the dust is settling on what was another underwhelming draft lottery for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They moved down a place from 10th to 11th, all while watching their Western Conference foes climb to higher grounds.
With a bunch of options on the table, it's unclear whether freshly minted president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas will decide to keep the late-lottery selection. It will be his first major roster ruling, and it will be critical he nails it. In a draft that is widely renowned as a weak one, it will be especially endearing to the fans if he can hit a draft night home run.
Canis Hoopus: WNBA 2019 Season Preview: Four Tiers
The WNBA's 23rd season tips off on Friday. The headlines leading into the summer surround the myriad of star players who will miss at least a portion the 2019 campaign. Another major story that will loom over this entire season is the ongoing CBA negations. The players association opted out of the deal in the fall of 2018 and have until October to rework the agreement.
Fortunately there is real basketball to be played and with only 12 teams, the WNBA is chock full of all world talent. With so many legacy all star players missing time this year, young players across the league can use the season an opportunity to step into the limelight and make a name for themselves.
Fansided: Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns misses All-NBA team
When it became apparent that the Minnesota Timberwolves were going to miss the playoffs, the latter stages of the 2018-19 season became all about getting Karl-Anthony Towns an All-NBA nod.
Towns responded, averaging 27.9 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 blocks per game with a shooting line of .553/.449/.815 after Feb. 1.
But when the voting results were released on Thursday, Towns was not included on any of the three All-NBA teams. The three centers listed ahead of him were Nikola Jokic (First Team), Joel Embiid (Second Team), and Rudy Gobert (Third Team).
Canis Hoopus: All-NBA Teams Announced, Karl-Anthony Towns Misses Out
The NBA announced its All NBA teams today, and they look like this:
I personally don't get too worked up about awards like this; I suppose it looks OK to me. Not sure Irving belongs on the second team. and not a huge fan of LeBron's season, but whatever. Bradley Beal seems the most significant snub off the top of my head. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Chris Paul, Jrue Holiday are other names that could have gotten a spot.
Fansided: Minnesota Timberwolves: Has their draft decision already been made?
In the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves have the number 11 overall pick. While there are many promising prospects they will have to choose from, there has already been word that Minnesota already knows who they plan on taking.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, there are rumors that Rui Hachimura had received a promise from Minnesota that they would select him with the number 11 overall pick. This rumor came to light when Hachimura shut down workouts and meetings with teams recently and people began to question why.
Heard Rui got a commitment in the lottery (Minnesota was the buzz at the Combine) -- usually when you take a commitment you shut down workouts and meetings with teams.