The Timberwolves were the darlings of the NBA's annual survey of general managers a year ago.
Karl-Anthony Towns got the most votes as the player GMs would pick if they were starting a franchise from scratch and was voted most likely to have a breakout season. The Wolves got a full 69 percent of votes as the team expected to be most improved.
This year's recently released survey is notable for the far different — and less positive — predictions when it comes to the Wolves.
Towns didn't get a single vote as the player GMs would pick for starting a franchise. The Wolves, who got some votes last year as one of the top four teams in the Western Conference, didn't garner a single vote there this year.
And perhaps most telling of all: In the question about the most surprising offseason move, Jimmy Butler's trade request ranked a distant fourth with just 6 percent of the votes.
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