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 2 will be converting the eleventh ranked player until the fourth ranked player of the team.

Part 1:

7. Tyus Jones

About a week ago, I finished part 1 of this series where I had starting point guard Jeff Teague at number 8. Since then, Teague has come back from his injury, and at this point, it’s hard to tell which point guard is better. Jones, being a Minnesota native, has long been requested by fans to start for the team, and the advanced stats back it up. Jones boasts one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios in the league, showing his efficiency as a ball handler. His passiveness on the scoring aspect can be frustrating, but he definitely has the potential to be a quality starter in this league. As of right now, it’s honestly a toss-up between Jones, Teague and Josh Okogie, in my opinion.

6. Dario Saric

Saric started out the season slowly as a member of the 76ers, which was weird as it came after an impressive sophomore campaign. After the trade to the Timberwolves, Saric was able to greatly increase his efficiency despite now coming off the bench, in contrast to his starting role on his former team. He improved his field goal percentage by 10%, and his three point percentage by 7% since the trade. Saric definitely has the talent to start, but as of now, he’s been a great consistent bench player for the Timberwolves who has a bright future ahead of him.

5. Andrew Wiggins

Next up on the ranking, is the 2015 Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is one of the most polarizing players on the roster. On one hand, he has games wherein he dominates and does decent on the defensive side of the ball (e.g, the Lakers game yesterday). On the other hand, he has games where is totally inefficient, takes bad shots and makes poor defensive choices. Some fans have long felt for Wiggins’ supermax contract to be too much for his value, which has led Wiggins to call out the ‘sh*tty Wolves fans’. Now, with Ryan Saunders as the new head coach, it will be interesting to see how Wiggins responds in terms of how much he increases his production.

4. Taj Gibson

While Wiggins is younger and has more potential, Taj’s impact on the team can not be disregarded. Gibson is the veteran backbone of the team, and has done what was asked of him (and more) during his Wolves stint thus far. He’s helped KAT a bunch on the court, particularly on the defensive end, and has even developed a three pointer (albeit not too reliable) in order to help with floor spacing. Taj does not put up eye-popping numbers, but his impact on the team both on and off the court is definitely obvious.

Updated Rankings

11. Anthony Tolliver

10. Gorgui Dieng

9. Josh Okogie

8. Jeff Teague

7. Tyus Jones

6. Dario Saric

5. Andrew Wiggins

4. Taj Gibson

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That’s it for part two. Be sure to check out part 3 when it comes out soon, where the Top 3 players of the Timberwolves will be revealed (in my opinion anyways). 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.

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