Top 3 Reactions To Timberwolves First Game
It's a long NBA season and it's not always fair to make assumptions after the first game but that being said, here are my first observations.
1.) Wolves Really Need KAT To Be A Shot Blocker (Or At Least Feared)
To put it quite frankly, Karl Anthony-Towns was horrible from a defensive standpoint. As a 7'0" athletic big man, you have to be at least feared that you can block a shot. Not only was he out of position but the Spurs took the ball inside like he wasn't even. He has to be way more physical and way more aware of where he needs to be. If he isn't able to do that, they may need to go find someone willing to. LaMarcus Aldridge is a great post player but he's not a bruiser, there's no reason KAT should get pushed around by a 32-year-old Aldridge. KAT's an amazing offensive talent for a big man, great touch, great post moves and good athleticism. If he could get it together on defense, he would be just as good as Anthony Davis.
2.) Wiggins Looked Much More Comfortable Not Having To Create
This was a good sight for Wolves fans who questioned whether or not Wiggins was worth all the money. He actually looked much more comfortable than he did last season. Part of that has to do with the fact teams cannot sag off other Wolves players like they have in the past. Wiggins is much more successful when he's able to play off the ball and use his athleticism to get people off balance. In my opinion, he'll never be a great one on one player or a great pull up shooter, it's just not his game. He does however need to shoot better from the free throw line because he'll get to the line too often to shoot 4-9 every night.
3.) Butler and Teague Looked Out Of Place At Times
Let's not all overreact to the fact Tyus Jones played over Teague in the fourth quarter. It doesn't really matter what he or Coach Thibodeau mark it up as, we all know that not having Teague in at that point in the game is a mistake. That being said, Butler and Teague both looked lost or out of place on offense. This isn't a surprise considering Butler, Teague and Wiggins are used to having to make plays but what's concerning is that lack of shots that Butler and Teague took. There was too much standing around when someone else had the ball. This can be easily fixed by making an extra pass, but that doesn't mean players like Nemanja Bjelica and Taj Gibson who went 6 for 19 from the floor need to take shots. There's no reason for either of them to take that many shots, unless their put back or wide open 10 foot jumpers. Those looks need to be redistributed between Butler, Teague, Wiggins and KAT.