Rick Adelman has made an incredible impact on this young team and has them at .500 on the season and just one game out of the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
To be fair, if the Wolves were an Eastern Conference team, they'd already be in the playoffs--in fact, with their 17-17 record, Minnesota would currently be a 7th seed in the East. That would put them ahead of current #7 seed: New York Knicks (17-18) and #8 seed: Boston Celtics (15-17).
Instead, Minnesota sits behind #8 seed: Portland Trailblazers (18-16) and #9: Denver Nuggets (18-17) (the 7th seed is Memphis at 19-15).
Since the departure of KG, the TWolves have been annual cellar-dwellers. However, thanks to Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio & Rick Adelman, NBA Basketball is once again relevant in the Twin Cities. And, with a core group of young players like: Love, Rubio, Williams, (Beasley?) & Pekovic--the Timberwolves don't appear to fade out of the playoff picture, anytime soon.
Kevin Love is an all-star and is garnering consideration for MVP, Rick Adelman has made a tremendous turnaround for this Wolves franchise and is a prominent Coach of the Year candidate, Nikola Pekovic's surprising emergence has practically gone unnoticed, however if not for Jeremy Line, Pek would be the favorite to win Most Improved Player of the Year and Ricky Rubio is battling #1 pick Kyrie Irving for Rookie of the Year honors. The biggest 'award' these young TWolves want? 2012 NBA Playoffs! For the first time in a long time, that's not a joke we get to sadly, laugh at--with every game it's becoming more and more a reality.
With half the season gone, we'll still be bringing you the same year round coverage of the Minnesota Timberwolves on HOWL! Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!