Those two words haven’t been associated with the Minnesota Timberwolves since their run to the Western Conference Finals in the 2003-04 season.
But with Kevin Love now signed to a four-year maximum contract extension, the emergence of rookie point guard Ricky Rubio, the promising play of number two overall pick Derrick Williams, and the sheer brilliance of head coach Rick Adelman, considering the Wolves to be at least a fringe playoff team is quite an upgrade over the putrid past seven seasons.
The question needs to be asked, what are the odds this Timberwolves team makes the playoffs THIS season?
One has to look no further than ESPN’s advanced metric guru John Hollinger.
Hollinger has a computer system in play that every day runs 5,000 different simulations based off of his power rankings. The results from the most recent simulation would appear to come as somewhat of a delight to fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to Hollinger, as of today– January 25th–...