For this 3-part series of articles, I will be ranking the Timberwolves rotation players for this year. To make this list, the player must have played in at least 15 games, which means that newcomers Dario Saric and Robert Covington will be included and Jimmy Butler will not. With that being said, let’s jump into it. Part 1 will be converting the eleventh ranked player until the 8th ranked player of the team.
11. Anthony Tolliver
Starting off the list is veteran sharpshooter Anthony Tolliver. This marks the second stint of Tolliver in a Timberwolves uniform, and he was admittedly doing pretty good until the Butler trade that eventually forced him out of the rotation. He was added to the Timberwolves’ roster for his defense and shooting, but with the acquisitions of Covington and Saric, he hasn’t had much luck in terms of playing time, having been a DNP in 8 of the past 22 games, with mostly playing in blowouts.
10. Gorgui Dieng
Dieng has been with the team for 6 seasons, but has seen his minutes slowly lessen after the 2016-17 season. The Senegalese big man has been decent in the limited playing time he has received this season, but a few critics say his remaining 3 year, $48.5M is a bit too much for his services. Nonetheless, Dieng’s capabilities as a defender and rebounder prove to be valuable for the Timberwolves, and his good deeds off-the-court make him a fan favorite in Minnesota.
9. Josh Okogie
Speaking on fan favorites, Wolves fans have been raving over rookie Josh Okogie so far this season, affectionately called Obi-Wan Okogie or Non-Stop. While his offensive game still needs polishing, his intense energy that he brings night in and night out is why fans have been clamoring for him to receive more playing time. Additionally, his high-flying dunks, insane athleticism and impressive defense make him very fun to watch. Coach Thibodeau has been given Okogie inconsistent playing time thus far, but Okogie should convince Thibs otherwise soon.
8. Jeff Teague
Surprisingly, we find current starting point guard of the team, Jeff Teague, ranked all the way at number 8. Teague has been puzzling so far this season. He’s putting up 8.3 assists per game, good for 6th in the leaderboards, but has been shooting horribly from the field. His playmaking has been useful at times, but his on-court decisions have definitely been questionable. Despite all of this, he’s had a few good games this season that still put him above the rest so far.
That’s it for part one. Be sure to check out part 2 when it comes out soon, covering the 7th ranked player until the 4th ranked player. Keep in mind, this is not meant of offend any of the players, but simply a ranking based on what I think. Thanks for reading.