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

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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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