Timberwolves’ Draft Positioning Unchanged by Winning Streak

Before you rush off to your favorite online NBA sportsbook and start making some rather rash decisions because of the Timberwolves’ winning streak, you need to know that, in the long run, it doesn’t matter nearly as much as you think, at least not in the way you think.

So, yes, it is okay to be happy about the winning streak, particularly if you are a Timberwolves fan. Minnesota is heading into its match-up with Houston on Monday evening having won three games in a row.

This Timberwolves winning streak, regardless of all the hullaballoo it is attracting, has done little to impact the team’s draft positioning, at least not in any way that matters. The Monday Night game at Target Center will make for very interesting viewing.

After all, Minnesota is heading onto the court while still staunchly defending its record, the fifth-worst, in the NBA. For that reason, of the 1,001 combinations available on the night of the draft lottery, Minnesota should have 88. In other words, Minnesota is looking to be rewarded with an 8.8% chance of landing the top pick.

And that isn’t even taking into account its 29.1% chance of having a top-3 pick.

The odds wouldn’t stand as they do today if Minnesota had lost the last three games it played. The wolves (25-55) would still be bad enough for the fifth-worst record in the NBA. This is three games better than Phoenix (they presently hold the fourth-worst record in the NBA with two games to play).

To put it simply, despite what some pundits have attempted to claim, there is really no way Minnesota could have improved its draft odds. You have to consider a few factors, such as the fact that the Timberwolves are still two full games worse than New Orleans.

New Orleans will be playing Minnesota on Wednesday in the regular season finale. The game will be at home for Minnesota. There is an interesting possibility of the Pelicans and the Timberwolves finishing in a dead heat for the fifth-worst record at 30-52. However, for that to happen, a few other factors have to come into play, this including Houston losing to Minnesota on Monday, New Orleans taking a beating from Chicago and the Wolves coming out ahead after their match with New Orleans on Wednesday.

If everything aligned appropriately and such a scenario actually played out, then the Pelicans and the Wolves would split 151 combinations, with the team that wins the coin toss netting 76 combinations. That is a 7.6% chance of winning the lottery.

If neither of the teams manages to move into the top three on draft lottery night, the winner would also draft one spot ahead of the loser. The loser would expect to net 75 combinations. That is a 7.5% chance of winning the lottery.

Simply put: the worst thing that the Wolves have to fear from the draft lottery is toying with the Pelicans and losing the coin toss, this opening the doorway for a potential 5-game winning streak to cap a season that has seen a lot of growth and notable progression from its young core.

For a team with many young players still trying to perform adequately at both close games and games on the road, the Wolves are not in a terribly bad position.

Timberwolves’ Next Coach: Tom Thibodeau

The Minnesota Timberwolves ended their coaching staff by announcing that they hired former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau as their new coach as well as their president of basketball operations. With Thibodeau in charge of basketball operations, he is in control of all roster moves, which means he will draft players and sign free agents. With Thibodeau at the helm, the Timberwolves will have improved online NBA sportsbook odds of making the playoffs next season.

Thibodeau was a hot commodity after the season ended due to the success he had as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. In his last two seasons in Chicago, fans were calling for his termination because he ran a tight ship and failed to lead the team to the NBA Finals.

A season after firing Thibodeau as head coach, the Bulls failed to make the playoffs, despite having a more talented team this season than they had while Thibodeau was coaching the team.

On Wednesday, the Timberwolves confirmed that they had reached an agreement with Thibodeau to become their new head coach. In addition to Thibodeau, the Timberwolves will also be adding former San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Scott Layden as their new general manager.

With Thibodeau and Layden running things, the Timberwolves expect to be back in the playoffs very soon.

Timberwolves owner Glenn Taylor said he was very excited to welcome Thibodeau back to the Timberwolves family, where he started his career as an assistant to Bill Musselman in 1989.

After serving as an assistant with Doc Rivers when he coached the Celtics to the NBA title in 2008, Thibodeau took the job as the Bulls head coach and won the coach of the Year award in 2011.

According to a report on NBA.com, the Timberwolves hired Scott Layden as their general manager because he has a great working relationship with Thibodeau when both men worked for the New York Knicks in the 1990s.

Before the Timberwolves hired him, Thibodeau was sought after by a lot of NBA teams looking for a new head coach. He ultimately decided to sign with the Timberwolves because he felt they had the pieces to become contenders in the Western Conference pretty quickly.

Players like Karl-Anthony Towns, who won the Rookie of the Year award, and Andrew Wiggins, who won the award in 2015, showed flashes of brilliance last season. With the right type of coaching, they could become the next great duo in the NBA.

Despite their lack of depth this past season, the Timberwolves were very competitive but didn’t know how to close out games. With time, the young guys will only get better and should be able to lead the Timberwolves back to the playoffs for the first time since Kevin Garnett last did it in 2004.

Another advantage of the Timberwolves signing Thibodeau is the fact that he is a defensive guru, which is just what Minnesota needs because they were one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA last season, allowing opponents to score 106 points per game.

Even if the Timberwolves don’t make the playoffs next season, expect them to be a much disciplined team and to be much improved defensively.

Timberwolves Explosion Ep#173:Thibs, Trades, Draft, and Playoffs!

Tom Thibideau, and Scott Layden have pretty much cleaned house of the former Timberwolves regime, like it or not. We discuss the continued direction of this team via trade rumors, and the draft. Later we get into the post season, and as always, get to all your posts on facebook and twitter!

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Noah Might Sign With Timberwolves As Free Agent

As a member of the Chicago Bulls, Joakim Noah was an instrumental part of their resurgence. He helped the team become one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference as well as one of the favorite NBA betting picks during his nine years with the team.

After two disappointing seasons that have be derailed by injuries, Noah, who is going to become an unrestricted free agent after the season is over, is not expected to resign with the Bulls. Since Noah won’t return to Chicago, there has been a lot of speculation about where he will end up, and a lot of NBA insiders believe he will reunite with his old coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota.

Noah, who was an All-Star and a vocal leader while he was with the Chicago Bulls, helped the team make the playoffs in seven of the nine years he was with the team. Without him in the lineup for most of the past season, the Bulls failed to make the playoffs despite having more depth than they have had in previous years.

If Noah does sign with the Timberwolves, he won’t get as much playing time as he had in Chicago because the team has a very good center in Karl-Anthony Towns, whom the Timberwolves selected with the top pick of last year’s draft, and went on to win the Rookie of the Year award.

With Towns starting, Noah will likely come off the bench, but he can still play a big role for the team because he is an experienced veteran that has been in the playoffs multiple times and can help mentor some of the younger players like Kevin Garnett did last year.

Since he played for Thibodeau for some years, Noah will also be able to help the younger players learn their new coach’s system faster and have them better prepared for the regular season.

Noah reuniting with Thibodeau is also a good thing for his career because he played his best basketball while he was playing for Thibodeau. Last season, before getting injured, Noah averaged a career low 4.3 points, 3.8 assists, 8.8 rebounds, and 1 block per game mostly coming off the bench while playing for first year head coach Fred Hoiberg.

While Minnesota is a very appealing situation for Noah because he gets to play in a system he is familiar with and has been successful in. But, there is also something that drives Noah and can influence his decision on where he plays next, which is winning a championship.

In Chicago, Noah figured he would eventually win a ring because they had a very good team led by Derrick Rose. Unfortunately, Rose suffered an Achilles injury in the playoffs that forced him to miss an entire season, and he hasn’t been the same player ever since.

With a limited Rose, the Bulls were never able to achieve their goal of winning a championship, so there is a possibility that Noah might decide to play for a contender than mentor young players on a team that is still a few years away from becoming a contender.

Brave The Wild Ep#123:Boudreau’s Balance!

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The Minnesota Wild were able to hit it big in the coaching search after all, when the Anaheim Ducks fired the accomplished Bruce Boudreau. The new coach stresses accountability, balance, and team leadership. We also discuss the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and eventually decide on a likely Cup Champion!

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#172:Thibodeau Is The Guy

Tom Thibodeau has been hired as Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations, and head coach, Scott Layden has also been acquired to take over as GM. We also talk playoffs, and get to all your comments on facebook and twitter!

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#171:Job Opportunities

Two words very foreign to the Timberwolves the last several years clearly have come to the surface in the early going this season, with a surprising 4-2 record has been accomplished despite missing the team’s two best players, and even more injuries popping up along the way. Call into our Phone Lines at: 209-736-7877

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Brave The Wild Ep#122:Playoff Preview 2016

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The Minnesota Wild will face off against the Dallas Stars in the postseason, at long last. The match up certainly has never been good for the Wild, but hopefully the postseason will be a different story. Your host also goes briefly over all the other playoff match ups, and talks a little more NCAA Frozen Four.

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#170:Gold Diggers!

After three stinker performances against the Clippers, Jazz, and Mavs, TNT in Oracle was a much different story. The Timberwolves were “The Aggressors” from the beginning against the Warriors, as Wiggins, Towns, and Muhammed took the ball to the basket with a relentless assault.

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Brave The Wild Ep#121:Limping Into Playoffs

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The Minnesota Wild barring a historic collapse will be in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they sure aren’t looking good at this stage. Zach Parise finally is scoring again, but Charlie Coyle has completely stopped, and the likes of Jason Zucker are hardly worth a damn right now.

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