The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off one of the biggest deals of the summer after acquiring All-Star Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls.
His arrival has already led to many tipping the franchise to end its 13-year playoff drought.
Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league and is expected to have a huge impact on the Timberwolves.
As well as his play, the 28-year-old has been brought in for his leadership which will be of huge benefit to the team's young stars such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
They were expected to mount a serious push to make the postseason last year but fell way short as they struggled to find consistency and were among the worst defensive teams.
The team’s defensive rating of 112 ranked 27th in the NBA and the team allowed opponents to shoot 47.5 percent from the field, which was 28th in the league.
Luckily for the T-Wolves, Butler is an elite defender and should help to shore up that end of the floor for the team but he's looking for his new teammates to do their part and won't be afraid to tell them if they're slacking.
“I love holding everybody accountable,” Butler said. “If you’re doing something wrong, it’s not personal if someone’s cussing at you and all that good stuff. Everybody just wants to be great here. Everybody wants to win. Everybody wants to end up at the top. I think that’s why you play this game.”
The former Bulls star doesn't expect it to be one way, though, and is willing to receive criticism as well as dish it out.
“If I’m doing something wrong, point your finger at me and tell me what I have to do better and I’m going to do the same thing to everybody else and that goes from players to coaches, coaches to players, whatever it may be. I think everybody has to be able to handle that,” he said.
In Butler, Towns and Wiggins, Minnesota has enough offensive weapons to compete with most teams, but their success will depend on their effort on the defensive end.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau preaches defence and works his players diligently to be tough in that aspect.
Butler struck up a good relationship with Thibs in Chicago because of his willingness to guard the best players and take pride in defending.
The duo are hoping they can instill that same mentality into the rest of the team and allow the Timberwolves to be a winning franchise again.