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The Light At The End of the Tunnel Is There

It’s been a shaky season for the Wolves to say the least. A seemingly constant string of injuries has left something to be desired in the win-loss column.

Minnesota currently boasts the second-worst record in the NBA and it’s tough to envision many more wins down the stretch as it was recently announced that Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic will miss the rest of the season.

That said there is some hope gleaning from this season in the form of Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, among a handful of other players that are just starting their careers.

Wiggins is well on his way to winning Rookie of the Year and LaVine has shown flashes of his insane potential over the last couple months. That, coupled with the fact that guys like Gorgui Dieng, Adreian Payne, Anthony Bennett, and Shabazz Muhammad should continue to improve in the offseason, and the Wolves are in good position to make some noise over the next couple seasons.

That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen overnight. Though it’s unrealistic to think that Minnesota is going to make the jump from cellar dweller to contender next season, it’s not outside of the realm of reality that the team is highly competitive at points next season. That group will be a year older and will have a year of experience under their belt. That in and of itself should lead way to a more competitive team.

Wolves coach Flip Saunders also has some specific things he wants his players to work on in the offseasons. Saunders has made it clear that his players need to get stronger. Wiggins weighs in near 200 pounds. LaVine almost touches 185 pounds. That’s a pretty consistent theme across the board as a majority of the players on the team still haven’t fully grown into their bodies. That means a lot of those guys get pushed around in the lane. A few more pounds of muscle will aid in their overall development and subsequently help the team.

It’s been a frustrating season. That’s no secret. It’s actually been frustrating past few seasons.

It’s also clear that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Minnesota has a legitimate chance to possess one of the best players in the league as Wiggins continues to grow. And the supporting cast the Wolves brass is slowly piecing together should make for an exciting team over the next few seasons.

It’s been asked for years that Wolves fans be patient. It feels different this time, though, with guys like Wiggins leading the way.