Charlotte Bobcats vs. Minnesota Timberwolves GameThread

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I talked with Tim Allen of Canis Hoopus about the T-Wolves a little.

1. How has Adelman improved the team?

Adelman has done many things to improve the team, but I'll try to limit my answer to what I think has helped the most.

Offensively, Adelman is playing to the strengths of the Wolves' personnel, instead of trying to force current players into a system that doesn't work (ala Kurt Rambis and the Triangle). He knows that Love works well in the pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop, and the Wolves' point guards (even with Rubio going down) know where to get him the ball. There seems to be much less confusion, and although the team still makes silly turnovers from time-to-time, the offense is much more efficient.

Defensively, he has gotten effort from players like Michael Beasley, who previously were apathetic towards defensive. Even though our personnel is limited in what they can do defensively, including Kevin Love, he seems to be emphasizing help defense better than Rambis and is taking away the three-point shot far more often than the Wolves had done in previous seasons.

One of my favorite things that Adelman does for the Wolves is in his distribution of minutes. He gives minutes to the players he thinks are deserved and is not afraid to sit players on the bench who are not giving the effort and are not producing. Guys like Darko Milicic and Anthony Randolph, who got token minutes under Rambis in the name of potential, are glued to the bench now. Of course, this often means that Kevin Love and Luke Ridnour have to play 40+ minutes on a regular basis, but I prefer that to trotting out ineffective players.


2. How has Derrick Williams looked so far?

Derrick Williams, in my opinion, has been disappointing. He does not rebound well enough or finish strongly enough to be effective at the 4-spot, and he does not shoot well enough or defend well enough to be effective at the 3-spot. As a result, he's been a tweener who relies on athleticism and not much else. Nikola Pekovic has been out recently with bone spurs, giving Williams more minutes and a starting spot, and he has not taken advantage. In his last 5 games, Williams is shooting under 40%, including 19% from 3, and averaging under 6 boards per game. That is not going to cut it.

He's had stretches where he's looked good, but they've been few and far between.

3. What does Michael Beasley's future with the team look like?

Michael Beasley has been dealing with a toe injury and has not been playing many minutes lately. Given his production, or lack thereof, I find it hard to believe the Wolves will give him a qualifying offer this summer, which would be over $8 million. I think Beasley's future with the team is pretty much non-existent, in other words.

4. What are the weaknesses of a Love-Pek frontcourt?

The biggest weakness is on the defensive end. Neither one is a shot blocker and neither one has incredible quickness on the defensive end. They do not stand a chance against the Andrew Bynum's and Pau Gasol's of the world. Pekovic is incredibly strong, and has shown he can force players like DeMarcus Cousins out of the post, but he can't stop guys from shooting over the top of him. Love's effort on defensive is still fairly spotty, and while his reputation as a bad defender is not completely accurate, he's gotten torched by guys like LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. I think having a shot blocker - like BIYOMBO! - on the team would've been fantastic for the Wolves and could've made for a nice frontcourt trio. We were hoping for a few minutes that Darko or Anthony Randolph could be that guy, but that dream appears to be dead.

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