Originally posted on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 10/11/12
#12 - Minnesota Timberwolves2011/12 Record: 26-40, no playoffs2012/13 Projected Record: 47-35, playoffs   Key Additions:Brandon Roy - Shooting GuardAlexey Shved - Shooting GuardAndrei Kirilenko - Small ForwardChase Budinger - Small ForwardGreg Stiemsma - CenterKey Departures:Martell Webster - Shooting Guard/Small ForwardMichael Beasley - Small ForwardWesley Johnson - Small ForwardWayne Ellington - Shooting GuardDepth Chart:Point Guard: Ricky Rubio, Luke RidnourShooting Guard: Brandon Roy, Alexey ShvedSmall Forward: Andrei Kirilenko, Chase BudingerPower Forward: Kevin Love, Derrick WilliamsCenter: Nikola Pekovic, Greg StiemsmaThe X Factor:Ricky RubioThe Wolves were 21-20 with the young Spaniard in their lineup last year, 5-20 with him sidelined (no, that's not a typo).  So obviously Ricky Rubio's full (and quick) recovery from his knee injury is vital for the Wolves to have any shot at the playoffs this season.Summary:  Despite still being run by their much-maligned front office, the Wolves seriously upgraded their squad in the offseason.  Some pundits have them pegged for as many as 57 wins this year.  While that might be a tad bit optimistic, there's no doubt that Minnesota is a serious playoff contender this season.  And, depending on Rubio's health and what they get from new additions Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy, they might not just make the playoffs - they might do some damage in the NBA's second season, too.NBA Preseason Power Rankings#13 - Dallas Mavericks#14 - New York Knicks#15 - Atlanta Hawks #16 - Chicago Bulls#17 - Utah Jazz#18 - Golden State Warriors#19 - Portland Trailblazers#20 - Milwaukee Bucks#21 - Cleveland Cavaliers#22 - New Orleans Hornets#23 - Washington Wizards#24 - Toronto Raptors#25 - Sacramento Kings#26 - Phoenix Suns#27 - Houston Rockets#28 - Detroit Pistons#29 - Orlando Magic#30 - Charlotte Bobcats
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