What was thought to be an area of strength instead thrust Minnesota into a strange world where rookie Zach LaVine (above) was starting at point guard and Lorenzo Brown once played 48 minutes in a game. Injuries, of course, manhandled the guard spots, as Ricky Rubio (sprained ankle) and Kevin Martin (wrist) missed a combined 103 games. That led the Wolves to concede the season, trade veteran backup Mo Williams and lean heavily on LaVine (10.1 points, 3.6 assists per game), a college shooting guard, at the point. The 20-year-old rookie grew but is a long way off from becoming the high-profile combo guard Flip Saunders drafted him 13th overall to be.
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The Wolves' forward corps is only rated this high because of a kid named Andrew Wiggins (above). The No. 1 overall pick lived up to his bidding, leading all rookies in scoring and the entire NBA in minutes after Dec. 1, and is a near-lock to win NBA rookie of the year. But with veterans Corey Brewer and Thaddeus Young traded away and power forwards Anthony Bennett and Adreian Payne struggling, the forward spot -- especially the four -- remains a huge area of concern heading into next season. And that's not even considering the question of Kevin Garnett, who played in just five games and is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
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Nikola Pekovic (above), it's officially official, cannot stay healthy. After missing 51 more games this year with ankle issues that date back four seasons, the center has sat out about one-third of the Wolves' contests since his 2010 debut. Even when he was able to go this year, his bum ankle caused him to shoot a career-low 42.4 percent from the floor. In his second season, Gorgui Dieng proved a solid backup option but has yet to become the shot-blocking menace many hoped he would. Ronny Turiaf's season-ending hip surgery (and subsequent trade) caused the third center position to eventually roll over to Justin Hamilton, who had some efficient nights after being claimed off waivers.
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It's hard to grade coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders (above) too low, what with him dressing as few as eight players for a good chunk of the season. But Saunders, who appointed himself head coach last summer, wasn't exactly sterling in his 16-win return to the sidelines. Saunders coached one of the league's worst 3-point shooting squads and its worst defensive team. But the staff did oversee the early growth of Wiggins and LaVine, and there's reason to believe a desire to continue those projects will keep Saunders on the sideline for at least another year.
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Most 16-66 records that rank as the second-worst in franchise history and top the NBA Draft Lottery field are worthy of a giant "F." But the Wolves receive a pass because of their extreme misfortune when it comes to player health; a total of 25 players suited up for Minnesota at one point this season. That being said, it allowed 106.5 points per game on 48.7 percent shooting, both league lows, and suffered losing streaks of 15 and 12 games at different junctures. Wiggins' performance does offer hope, though, and with another top-four pick coming this summer, the future is potentially bright.