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The Baseline: Timberwolves and Knicks Autopsy Reports

With four teams laid to rest, we have four more teams go to complete the autopsies of those not returning to play in Orlando. This week it’s time to dissect the seasons of the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks.  Join us to hear the stories of two franchises that have had immense roster turnover in the last few seasons and what they can do to stabilize their paths.

Autopsy Reports

Minnesota Timberwolves: The team that finished the season is very different from the team that started it as a myriad of moves at the trade deadline charted a new course for the Wolves.

  • Can D’Angelo Russell adapt his game to become a leader and volume scorer?
  • How good can the combination of Karl-Anthony Towns and Russell ultimately be?
  • Can they embrace the other young talent around the roster?
  • What is Malik Beasley‘s ceiling as the team looks to resign him in the offseason?
  • Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie, Naz Reid and Juancho Hernangomez should have the opportunities to develop as complementary role players.
  • Despite impressive numbers in steals and blocks this team struggled defensively. How will Ryan Saunders get his team to buy in on that side of the basketball?

New York Knicks: Another season of disappointment led to an early dismissal of David Fizdale and still has the team looking for a permanent head coach heading into the offseason.

  • Tom Thibodeau and Mike Woodson are rumored to have an interest in coaching the team but we question the fit of veteran retread coaches for this rebuilding situation.
  • What do we make of RJ Barrett‘s rookie season?
    • Is he timid or just mild-mannered?
  • Can Julius Randle chill and allow the young guys to get a chance?
  • Mitchell Robinson looks ready for plus minutes at the five.
  • What happened to Kevin Knox and is it time to give up on Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith?

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