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 3 will be wrapping the list up, going through the Top 3 best players on the team in my opinion.

Part 1: https://uniquesportsplus.com/2019/01/01/ranking-the-2018-timberwolves-rotation-players-part-1/

Part 2: https://uniquesportsplus.com/2019/01/08/ranking-the-2018-timberwolves-rotation-players-part-2/


3. Robert Covington

One of the players that was traded in exchange for Jimmy Butler, RoCo has slowly fit in nicely with the Timberwolves. His 3-and-D skill set makes him extremely versatile and able to fit in with almost any lineup, and his ability to space the floor has been extremely useful for the team. His defensive IQ has been a big help for the Wolves, improving their defense as a team to Top 10 in the league since his arrival (from bottom 5). He should definitely make an All-Defensive team with the way he’s been playing this season.

2. Derrick Rose

D-Rose has been exceptional this season for the Timberwolves, who resigned him for an absurd 1 year, $2.1 million contract last offseason. He’s been having his best season since his 2011-12 Bulls season, capped off by his incredible 50-point night against the Jazz. Not to be forgotten, his now lethal three point shooting has led him to average a career-high 46.8% from downtown, good for 4th in the league, while setting a new career-high with 7 made threes in a game. Amazingly, Rose finds himself high on the 2019 All-Star fan voting leaderboards, where he is just behind Stephen Curry among Western backcourt players. He’s been having a comeback season thus far, and should be in the running for the Sixth Man of the Year award.

1. Karl-Anthony Towns

Speaking of All-Stars, this dominant big man is surprisingly not in the Top 10 for Western Frontcourt players in terms of fan voting. KAT has been on a tear ever since the Jimmy Butler trade, making up for his relatively slow start. Over the past 10 games or so, he’s shown his capabilities as a playmaker and post presence, leading the Timberwolves back into playoff contention. He’s averaging career-highs in assists, steals and blocks per game, and has just came off a career-high 27 rebound performance. and is proving himself to be one of the most unstoppable young big men in the league. Towns should definitely make the all-star team this year, and even has a case for a spot on an All-NBA team.


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

3. Robert Covington

2. Derrick Rose

1. Karl-Anthony Towns


That’s it for this 3-part miniseries. Hopefully you enjoyed reading through. DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR KAT AND D-ROSE FOR THE 2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME, BY GOING TO NBA.COM/VOTE. Once again, please 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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