2018-2019 Minnesota Timberwolves Team Preview and Betting Picks
Target Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tom Thibodeau – Head Coach
Western Conference – Northwest Division
2017 Record: 47-35
The Minnesota Timberwolves enter the 2018-2019 NBA season as a team in disarray. There is severe tension on the team, mainly stemming from the absence of Jimmy Butler from preseason.
Butler sat out the entire preseason and has given the Timberwolves a demand of a trade.
With Butler, the T-Wolves are a threat in the Western Conference but without him or at least without someone of his caliber, the team may struggle to reach the postseason.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Minnesota Timberwolves and determine where we think they will end up.
Minnesota Timberwolves Coaching
The Minnesota Timberwolves are led by Head Coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau has been with the team since 2016 and has improved the teams standing in both seasons with the team.
In 2016-2017, Thibodeau led the T-Wolves to a 31-51 record and the missed the playoffs. Last year, the had a nice bounce-back season going 47-35 and leading the T-Wolves to the postseason. The T-Wolves lost in the first round but the improvement was noticeable from 2016-2017.
Minnesota Timberwolves Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Timberwolves used their 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 20th and take Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Shooting Guard Josh Okogie.
- June 22, 2018 – The Timberwolves used their 2nd round NBA Draft selection to pick 48th and take Ohio State Small Forward Keita Bates-Diop.
- June 30, 2018 – The Timberwolves waived Cole Aldrich, who later signed with the Atlanta Hawks.
- July 4, 2018 – The Timberwolves re-signed Derrick Rose.
- July 5, 2018 – The Timberwolves signed undrafted free agent Jared Terrell, formerly of the Rhode Island Rams, to a two-way contract.
- July 9, 2018 – The Timberwolves signed free agent Anthony Tolliver, formerly of the Detroit Pistons.
- July 21, 2018 – The Timberwolves lost Nemanja Bjelica to free agency, who later signed with the Sacramento Kings.
- July 31, 2018 – The Timberwolves signed free agent C.J. Williams, formerly of the LA Clippers, to a two-way contract.
- August 7, 2018 – The Timberwolves signed free agent James Nunnally, formerly of the Fenerbahce Dogus.
- August 7, 2018 – The Timberwolves lost Amile Jefferson to free agency, who later signed with the Orlando Magic.
- August 29, 2018 – The Timberwolves lost Anthony Brown to free agency, who later signed with the Philadelphia 76’ers.
- September 10, 2018 – The Timberwolves signed free agent Luol Deng, formerly of the LA Lakers.
- September 24, 2018 – The Timberwolves signed undrafted free agent Jonathan Stark, formerly of the Murray State Racers.
Minnesota Timberwolves Starting 5
Jeff Teague (PG) – Teague brings a veteran presence to the Timberwolves and runs the floor. He will distribute the ball to his plethora of offensive weapons and should get close to double-digit assists.
Jimmy Butler (SG) – There is no doubting it, Butler is the best player on the team, and all though he brought some attention to himself requesting a trade, he is still the best option for the Timberwolves immediate success. He is their best player on both ends of the court and if they were smart, they would do whatever they can to make him happy and pay him the money he deserves to keep him in Minnesota.
Andrew Wiggins (SF) – Wiggins averaged just under 18 points per game last year and will be looking to improve on that this season as the teams third scoring option, behind Towns and Butler. Wiggins is just 23 years old and has plenty of room to grow.
Taj Gibson (PF) – Gibson got compensated for a decent year with a new contract. Gibson had the second best stat line of his career last season. He averaged 12.2 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game and shot 57% from the floor.
Karl-Anthony Towns (C) – One of the most talented offensive talented players in the NBA. He has plenty of size and is a mismatch for most players he will go up against one-on-one.
Minnesota Timberwolves Key Bench Players
Tyus Jones (PG) – Jones must improve on his stats from last year. He averaged 5.1 points per game and 2.8 assists per game in 82 games. His 3-point shooting was lacking and the T-Wolves will need him to play stronger off the bench as the 6th man.
Luol Deng (SG) – Deng signed for one year with the Timberwolves and will be reuniting with former Chicago Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Derrick Rose. Basically, the roster from the old Chicago Bulls is now with Deng in Minnesota.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Minnesota Timberwolves
There are several concerns that surround the Timberwolves. First and foremost is can the strong-minded players co-exist. There have been all sorts of issues with the Timberwolves, mainly surrounding Jimmy Butler, and until they can be set aside, this team is going to struggle.
The best option for the T-Wolves would be to A) Sign Jimmy Butler to a long-term deal and give him the money he deserves, that will make him happy and give him reason to want to stay in Minnesota or B) Find a team that is willing to take him in a trade.
Butler is going to continue to play because that is just to type of player he is but his motivation to win and get along with the other players on the team will always come into question. The problem is without Butler, this team has no real chance of going to the postseason. They are top heavy with pure talent in the starting lineup but the bench lacks depth.
They need to make their decisions now on what they will do with Butler and the team and do it now because rather larger issues become more prevalent.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Minnesota Timberwolves:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +8000
- Odds to Win Western Conference Championship: +5000
- Odds to Win Northwest Division: +500
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 41
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