The Minnesota Timberwolves have one of the most exciting young rosters in the NBA today and with the appointment of Tom Thibodeau as head coach and president of basketball operations, it's certainly a promising time at the Target Center.
Karl-Anthony Towns won the Rookie of the Year award last season and his teammate Andrew Wiggins won it the year prior.
Zach LaVine has been making some waves of his own, too. The 21-year-old made a name for himself last season after putting on, what any believe to be, the greatest dunk contest of all-time with Aaron Gordon during the All-Star weekend.
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With all the blossoming talent in the Timberwolves ranks, LaVine revealed to Sports Illustrated in a Q&A exactly how tight-knit their young core has become.
“Yeah you know we’re very close," LaVine revealed. "(The) last two years I spent with Andrew, last year with Karl. We’ve become closer as we’ve gotten to know each other. We hope to be together for a long time and we’re trying to rebuild the Timberwolves franchise. The better we get, we know the better the organization gets, so we try to set high goals. We talk all the time about our chemistry and different things we need to work on.
"We are making sure everybody is in the gym working hard. Every year is pressure. You need to put in on yourself to go out and perform. And we’re going out every game trying to win. Obviously, we’re not going to go 82-0, but we have to compete every night and the wins and losses are going to take care of themselves.”
Minnesota were one of the few teams who managed to score a win over the 73-9 Warriors last season and with a coach focused on young talent like Thibodeau, the sky could be the limit for the young Timberwolves.