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Previewing the Minnesota Timberwolves heading into the 2020-21 NBA season

We go over the Timberwolves’ depth chart, odds to win a championship and provide fantasy basketball analysis for the 2020-21 NBA season.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets drives to the basket while defended by Juan Hernangomez #41 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half at Toyota Center on March 10, 2020 in Houston, Texas.  Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway. The Minnesota Timberwolves were able to acquire Karl-Anthony Towns a co-star in D’Angelo Russell last season and drafted Anthony Edwards with the top pick in this year’s draft. They’re looking to push for the playoffs this year in the loaded Western Conference. They’d have to improve significantly to contend for a postseason spot just months after finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA. Here we’re going to take a look at the Timberwolves’ offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.

2020 offseason

Key additions

Anthony Edwards, SG (draft)
Ricky Rubio, PG (trade)
Jaden McDaniels, PF (draft)

Key losses

None

2020-21 odds

Title odds: +20000
Win percentage: O/U 41.5
Karl-Anthony Towns MVP odds: +10000
Anthony Edwards ROTY odds: +450

2020-21 roster

Depth Chart

PG: Ricky Rubio, D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards
SG: D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Malik Beasley
SF: Anthony Edwards, Malik Beasley, Josh Okogie
PF: Juancho Hernangomez, Jake Layman, Naz Reid
C: Karl-Anthony Towns, Naz Reid, Ed Davis

Roster battles

Backup C: Naz Reid vs. Ed Davis
6th man: Malik Beasley vs. Josh Okogie

Fantasy basketball

Best Sleeper

Juancho Hernangomez — Hernangomez averaged nearly 30 minutes per game last season after being traded to the Timberwolves and has retained his starting spot. Layman is more of a wing than a big, so I expect Hernangomez to continue getting most of the minutes at power forward. His stats will drop off with a healthy KAT back in the mix, but he’ll have some big nights here and there because of his ability to stretch the floor.

Likely Bust

Anthony Edwards — Edwards was far from an efficient scorer in college and he’ll face a ton of length at the small forward position in the NBA. I don’t expect a rookie who shot 40 percent from the field and 29 percent from three in college to blossom into an elite scorer against 6’8” wings when he’s typically been a guard. Edwards will trail Russell and Towns in shots and could fall behind Beasley, who averaged 20 points per game while shooting better than 42 percent from three through 14 games with the Timberwolves last season.