Skip to main content

NBA Power Rankings: How low can the Wolves go?

  • Author:
  • Updated:

All of a sudden the Timberwolves are starting to resemble the injury-prone bunch that struggled to reach a mediocre 31 wins last season.

Kevin Love has missed two of the last three games, Kevin Martin has a broken thumb and Nikola Pekovic has missed seven straight games with bursitis in his ankle. The absence of one, two or even all three last week was evident as the Wolves lost 3 of 4 games. Overall, Minnesota is driving in the wrong direction as they enter the All-Star break.

The latest power rankings have the Wolves as low as they've been all season.

NBA.COM: No. 17 – The Wolves have lost five of their last six, though they hung around with both the Thunder and Blazers without Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic (and Kevin Martin in the Portland game). Love's absence has forced Ricky Rubio to be more aggressive. He had double-digit field goal attempts in three straight games for the first time this season, though he was just 7-for-18 in the restricted area. 

ESPN: No. 18 – The rumbles have already started, as captured byPortland's seen-it-all Kerry Eggers, that Rick Adelman could walk away at season's end. Kevin Martin's injury isn't going to help the Wolves slice into the whopping six-game deficit they suddenly face just to move into the West's last playoff spot.

PRO BASKETBALL TALK: No. 18 – They have dropped five of six and the reason is injuries — Nikola Pekovic is out, Kevin Martin is out and the Wolves are just banged up. The All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time for them.

FOX SPORTS: No. 15 – If you had to bet a month's salary on whether or not the Timberwolves would crack the postseason, the smart money says no. Minnesota is just 4.0 games behind the current eight-seed Mavs, but there are too many teams between them and the postseason. The field for the bottom three spots also includes the: Suns, Warriors, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Nuggets. Already behind, it's hard to imagine the Wolves will be one of the top-three teams out of that group.

CBS SPORTS: No. 16 – Something's gotta go right for Minnesota sometime, right? I'd call an exorcist but I'm afraid he or she would wind up banishing Nikola Pekovic somewhere.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: No. 20 – The Wolves went 8-7 in January after yielding only 99.2 points per game, but their defense is currently offering less resistance than a cotton shirt in the dead of winter. They're surrendering 108 points during a 1-4 start to February.

YAHOO! SPORTS: No. 17 – While the Wolves' brass is doing their due diligence, they are more worried about improving the defense than making a trade deadline move.

Next Up

Redtail Ridge Elementary

Sunbather on the roof triggers shelter-in-place at Savage elementary school

The sunbather told police he was trying to "tan and relax."


The Raptor Center's ambassador, Nero the turkey vulture, dies at 47

Nero helped save the California condors before taking up his post as an education ambassador.

Ben Leber

Ben Leber named new permanent co-host of 'Twin Cities Live'

The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker was introduced Friday afternoon.


APM Reports, maker of 'In the Dark' podcast, nixed by Minnesota Public Radio

MPR said "select programming elements" of APM Reports will be incorporated into MPR News.

storm, severe

The latest on holiday weekend severe weather chances for MN

The most significant severe threats are Sunday night and again on Monday.

Arianna Vos

Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.


Motorcyclist killed in Ham Lake after passing in the turn lane

The motorcyclist was hit by a car turning onto the road.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota gets cut of Ford settlement over misleading ads

The $19.2 million settlement centers on Ford's C-Max hybrid and Super Duty pickup truck.