The excitement surrounding the future of the Minnesota Timberwolves is evident around the NBA, as many look forward to seeing their talented young roster blossom and live up to their potential over the coming years.
With the last two Rookie of the Year award winners in their ranks in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, along with back-to-back Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine and promising rookie Kris Dunn, it's easy to see why fans in Minnesota are approaching the new season with increased optimism.
A big reason for that optimism can also be attributed to the hiring of Tom Thibodeau as the new head coach tasked with leading this talented young group of players.
The Timberwolves have been, and will continue to be, one of the most talked about teams throughout the offseason.
Increased media attention will place a degree of pressure on the franchise to show a vast improvement on the 29-53 record they accrued in the last campaign.
However, it appears there's also pressure from within the camp too as Towns outlined exactly what the team must achieve next year in an interview with NBPA's Jared Zwerling.
"We've got to make the playoffs. We've got to do something special, and it's up to us to continue to work and to make that happen," he said.
The 19-year-old is already displaying leadership qualities despite just one year in the league and he's showing an understanding of what's required of him as the face of the franchise.
The big man admitted that learning under Kevin Garnett has allowed him to develop as a player and he is ready to be even better over the coming year.
"I've had a whole season to learn under KG [Kevin Garnett]. I just feel that I can be a much better player," Towns said. "Having a whole year to learn and have the whole year to see for myself what it takes, I feel I'm going to be a much better leader from a player standpoint. I will take what I've learned in one season and build upon it. It's going to be awesome."
After displaying his scary ability in his debut campaign, Towns has the necessary tools to become a superstar and a future MVP in the league, and it will be fascinating to see just how far he can take the T-Wolves in the years to come.