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Mid-day talker: Wolves have 4 of NBA's top 100 players, SI.com says

Posted by: Michael Rand under Wolves news Updated: September 19, 2013 - 12:00 PM

 

SI.com is counting down a list of the top 100 players in the NBA. So far they are through No. 21, with Ricky Rubio (93), Kevin Martin (73) and Nikola Pekovic (50) on the list for your Timberwolves.

 

It is a certainty that Kevin Love is among the top 20, which has not yet been revealed.

That means the Wolves will have -- in SI's estimation -- four of the top 100 players in the NBA.

When on earth was the last time you could say that?

Probably 2003-04, when the Wolves went to the Western Conference finals?

Maaaaybe last season, minus Martin and adding Andrei Kirilenko (No. 49 on the list), though we're not sure Rubio would have qualified at that point coming back off of his major knee injury.

Long story short: this is another indication that the Wolves have assembled their most talented roster in a decade. That's damning them with faint praise since that was also the team's last playoff appearance, but if the major pieces stay reasonably healthy, things are looking up.

/Check your smoke detector battery

//Awful Paint job will be our standing logo for Wolves optimism.

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