Rand: Breaking down Wolves season predictions from national outlets

  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 9:03 PM
hide

Kevin Love’s path was blocked by Derrick Williams during training camp earlier this month.

Photo: RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • reneejones@startribune.com),

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

If we can define insanity as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different outcome, it is insane to believe this is the year the Timberwolves finally get better.

That said, even the most pessimistic prognostication when it comes to the Wolves this season seems to be that they will be respectable. And in one case, there is downright optimism for big things. Here is a look at some of what we found:

Improved, but still doubting

• Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose put together power rankings for all 30 NBA teams on Grantland.com, and they pegged the Wolves at No. 17. When Simmons — an ardent Wolves critic in past seasons, though much of that was directed at the now-departed David Kahn — is at least on board with mediocre, that’s the baseline.

• Las Vegas is sold on the Wolves being perfectly average. Per R.J. Bell at Pregame.com, the over-under on Wolves victories in Sin City is 41 — exactly half of 82, the number of games in a season.

Better than average

• Two major online previews — SI.com and Yahoo.com — have the Wolves No. 14 and No. 13, respectively, in their preseason power rankings. Yahoo sums it up by saying that if Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic stay healthy and Kevin Martin produces, the Wolves will make the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

The computer believes

• The SCHOENE projection system at ESPN.com uses a series of calculations to determine win probabilities. It has Wolves at 52 victories and a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs this season. Not only that, it gives Minnesota a 37 percent chance of winning its division, a 10 percent chance of reaching the NBA finals and a 5 percent chance of winning it all.

Considering the Wolves never have won more than 31 games — their total last season — without Kevin Garnett on their team, that might be ambitious. Or the computer might be the least crazy of us all.

michael rand

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Detroit 55 4th Qtr
Philadelphia 68
Portland 74 4th Qtr
Cleveland 79
Sacramento 54 3rd Qtr
Toronto 54
Boston 33 2nd Qtr 6:25
Minnesota 40
Dallas 29 2nd Qtr 9:02
Houston 33
Denver 36 2nd Qtr 8:04
New Orleans 23
Brooklyn 39 2nd Qtr 8:32
Atlanta 37
Oklahoma City 27 2nd Qtr 8:18
New York 24
Charlotte 6 1st Qtr 8:31
San Antonio 7
LA Clippers 8:00 PM
Utah
Washington 9:30 PM
Phoenix
Toronto 0 2nd Prd 13:22
New Jersey 0
Pittsburgh 0 1st Prd 2:23
Washington 1
Chicago 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Temple 77 2nd Half 3:45
UCF 47
Winthrop 62 2nd Half 3:39
Coastal Carolina 61
Lafayette 55 2nd Half 0:10
Colgate 52
Northeastern 45 2nd Half 1:40
Drexel 51
Wake Forest 53 2nd Half 7:49
Florida State 52
Rhode Island 49 2nd Half 8:03
Fordham 50
Delaware 77 2nd Half 0:34
James Madison 80
South Carolina 56 2nd Half 3:55
LSU 52
New Hampshire 51 2nd Half 3:56
Maine 39
Seton Hall 71 2nd Half 4:20
Marquette 57
Binghamton 58 2nd Half 3:04
UMBC 48
American Univ 48 2nd Half 1:41
Navy 62
Elon 53 2nd Half 6:07
UNC-Wilmington 79
Wright State 52 2nd Half 4:04
Oakland 50
Minnesota 52 2nd Half 3:38
Penn State 56
Duquesne 48 2nd Half 4:50
Richmond 74
SMU 56 2nd Half 3:28
South Florida 49
Hartford 49 2nd Half 5:57
Stony Brook 55
Albany 43 2nd Half 1:00
Vermont 39
Hofstra 65 2nd Half 5:%2
William & Mary 79
UNC-Asheville 63 2nd Half 6:53
Longwood 49
Radford 45 2nd Half
Char Southern 35
Holy Cross 0 Postponed
Loyola-Maryland 0
Duke 54 2nd Half 15:01
Notre Dame 51
Texas Tech 17 2nd Half 14:52
Oklahoma 53
Oregon State 20 1st Half 1:48
Arizona State 38
Morehead State 29 1st Half 1:38
Austin Peay 33
Drake 38 1st Half 2:13
Bradley 26
Lehigh 22 1st Half 3:56
Bucknell 15
Rice 17 1st Half 1:30
Houston 20
Missouri State 19 1st Half 3:10
Illinois State 22
Loyola-Chicago 16 1st Half 4:30
Wichita State 19
Nebraska Omaha 28 1st Half 4:11
South Dakota St 33
Northern Iowa 21 1st Half 1:41
Southern Ill 24
Louisville 8:00 PM
Boston College
St Johns 8:00 PM
Creighton
East Carolina 8:00 PM
Memphis
Georgia Tech 8:00 PM
Miami-Florida
Miss State 8:00 PM
Ole Miss
Clemson 8:00 PM
NC State
Indiana 8:00 PM
Purdue
Kansas 8:00 PM
TCU
Oregon 9:00 PM
Arizona
Air Force 9:00 PM
San Jose St
Stanford 10:00 PM
Washington
Rider 56 FINAL
Siena 49
Dayton 76 FINAL
Richmond 62
Eastern Kentucky 53 FINAL
Jacksonville St 73
Saint Josephs 0 Postponed
Saint Louis 0
Bucknell 61 FINAL
Lehigh 76
Indiana 57 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Fordham 66 FINAL
Davidson 45
UMBC 61 2nd Half 5:15
Binghamton 48
Akron 53 2nd Half 5:19
Ohio U 60
Ball State 71 2nd Half 3:25
Miami-Ohio 51
Memphis 54 2nd Half 0:56
Cincinnati 44
East Carolina 27 2nd Half 6:51
(2) Connecticut 71
Murray State 57 2nd Half 0:48
Eastern Illinois 73
Kent State 62 2nd Half 0:01
Central Michigan 65
UT Martin 64 2nd Half 1:05
Tennessee St 56
Eastern Michigan 50 2nd Half 4:05
Western Mich 79
Colgate 56 2nd Half 0:08
Lafayette 58
Duquesne 74 2nd Half 1:00
St Bonaventure 61
George Mason 49 2nd Half 5:57
VA Commonwealth 58
Detroit 55 2nd Half 0:49
Youngstown St 53
Army 0 Postponed
Boston U 0
Loyola-Maryland 0 Postponed
Holy Cross 0
SMU 29 1st Half 1:58
Tulsa 28
Oklahoma St 15 1st Half 3:58
Kansas State 18
West Virginia 23 1st Half 2:01
Texas Tech 27
Denver 37 1st Half 3:15
South Dakota 35
Northwestern St 21 1st Half 0:34
Central Arkansas 26
Austin Peay 28 1st Half 1:18
SIU-Edwardsville 44
Kansas 18 1st Half 4:08
Iowa State 17
Bowling Green 12 1st Half 4:27
Northern Ill 27
Penn State 27 1st Half 3:46
Minnesota 27
San Jose St 8:00 PM
Air Force
Boise State 8:00 PM
Colorado State
Utah State 8:00 PM
Wyoming
San Diego State 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Nevada 9:00 PM
UNLV
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local team is currently the biggest disappointment?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close