Wolves are the deepest team in the league

Tim Connelly and the Minnesota Timberwolves have had a turbulent offseason as they try to prepare for a “championship or bust” mindset heading into the 2022-23 season.

Following Rudy Gobert’s trade, many Wolves fans, myself included, had doubts about the roster’s composition. But the Wolves look like the deepest team in the NBA just two months before the start of training camp in September.

Minnesota was never known as a free agent destination, so building the team through trades and the draft was the only way to improve the roster. For some reason, however, this offseason has been very different. It could be because Wolves now have four All-Star caliber players, an offensive genius at the helm or a new owner. Whatever the reason, players now view Wolves as a team that will win games.

Barring a trade, the Timberwolves completed their roster before training camp with the recent acquisition of Eric Paschall. The 25-year-old forward will be here on a two-way deal, incredible value for a guy who made first-team All-Rookie just three years ago.

Paschall’s signing confirmed my off-season view of Wolves. They are deep, but how deep are they? Before we look at why, here’s a quick rundown of what I think the depth chart should look like for the Timberwolves:

Amazing shot off the bench

While Malik Beasley may not have been very consistent beyond the arc last season, connecting on just under 40% of his threes, there was still a lack of shooting off the bench after. his departure. Sure, guys like Jaylen Nowell and Taurean Prince have solid three-pointers, but Wolves still needed help on that front.

Wolves got it by signing Bryn Forbes and Austin Rivers, who shot above 34% from three last season. So that’s four guys who can come into the game and provide a constant threat from the back of the bench.

Depth at 4 and 5

Not only are there ups and downs to the Minnesota roster, but the mix of different talents at 4 and 5 seems like a great part of this Wolves team. Starting with Karl-Anthony Towns and Gobert, we all know Gobert excels at what Towns lacks, and vice versa. Therefore, it’s not terribly difficult to see this pairing working for Wolves.

Wolves will also have Kyle Anderson and Naz Reid as a duo coming off the bench. Similar to Towns and Gobert, Anderson is a fierce contender on defense. Naz Reid’s excellent work on offense makes him one of the best substitutes in the game today.

Josh Minott and Nathan Knight are works in progress for sure, but the raw talent they possess could make them a Minnesota staple for years to come. Although we’ve only seen Minott play in Summer League games, the flashes he showed landed him a 4-year, $6.8 million rookie deal with Wolves.

Knight was active 37 games for Minnesota last season, showing off his big rebounds and high-flying ability. In response to this strong season, he re-signed with Wolves on standard contact after being back and forth last season.

Overall winners

Last but not least, the Timberwolves simply have winners on their team. Ranging from Gobert to Prince and Anderson, to Rivers and Forbes, this list is filled with guys who have won at a high level. They know what it takes to be a constant threat in the league. It’s something Wolves haven’t had in a while.

Patrick Beverley was loved in Minnesota because he brought a winning culture to a team that had been deprived of it for so long. Tom Thibodeau brought in Jimmy Butler to do the same thing, but we all know how it went on both sides. While Beverley will leave a leadership vacuum, Minnesota has done a great job of getting whole players to fill her similar role. Maybe not in such a tumultuous way, but creating a winning culture nonetheless.

Wolves have had more buzz this offseason than they have in years. Wolves have finally caught the attention of their opponents. Some might argue that he’s overzealous to call this the deepest team in the league. But in my mind, it’s the NBA’s Mariana Trench.

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