While the Timberwolves spent their offseason finding a new coach and president and then filling out the frontcourt depth in free agency – oh, and taking second in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas – two prominent young players have been working on their own game.
Andrew Wiggins and Zach Lavine have posted videos recently of work they’re doing with trainer Drew Hanlen.
The popular belief is that Karl-Anthony Towns is the cornerstone of the franchise moving forward, but Wiggins has real promise as a young scoring star, and Lavine came into his own last year after moving to shooting guard. If you ask me, the exciting thing for Timberwolves fans isn’t how good each of those players is right now; it’s how good they are relative to their respective ages.
Lavine and Wiggins are 21 and Towns won’t reach that age until mid-November this year. That’s plenty of time to grow.
It’s worth noting, I think, that it’s easy to get carried away with the idea of drastic improvement, and that’s especially true when we’re watching good young NBA players in a mostly empty gym in July.
Still, these videos highlight some of the moves of two guys that could form the Wolves’ next interpretation of the Big Three.
I’m intrigued by this one because of LaVine’s ballhandling and ability to create space for his own shot.
— NBA (@NBA) July 18, 2016
I’m intrigued by this one for Wiggins’ post moves. (This is nitpicky and probably more a factor of over-analyzing a short video clip, but as he develops it would be nice to see Wiggins polish a handful of ways to score from the post.)
A video posted by Andrew Wiggins (@22wiggins) on