Bill Simmons: Wolves are a lock to make the playoffs behind top 10 player Towns


The Timberwolves haven't been in the playoffs since losing to the Lakers in the 2004 Conference Finals, but The Ringer's Bill Simmons is sure that the Wolves' 12-year playoff hiatus will end next season.

"Minnesota has (Karl-Anthony) Towns who will be a top 10 player this year," Simmons said on The Ringer NBA Show. "They have depth. They have a trade to make. They're very athletic and they have a great coach (Tom Thibodeau) – they have a top 5 coach. And I do not see a scenario where he doesn't make the playoffs.

"And either (Ricky) Rubio is going to be awesome, or they'll flip him."

The audio starts at the 26:00 mark.

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Minnesota's roster is pretty loaded under head coach Tom Thibodeau. The talent is young, developing and full of potential star power.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Zach LaVine
  • Kris Dunn
  • Ricky Rubio
  • Kevin Garnett
  • Jordan Hill
  • Shabazz Muhammad
  • Gorgui Dieng
  • Tyus Jones
  • Cole Aldrich
  • Brandon Rush
  • Nikola Pekovic
  • Nemanja Bjelica
  • Adriean Payne

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