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Timberwolves Season Preview: Minnesota Picked Last In Northwest Division

SB Nation's NBA writer Tom Ziller is working his way through each of the NBA's six divisions and Wednesday he reached the Northwest Division. His extensive look, called NBA Festivus, has the Timberwolves looking for positives as the last place team in the division:

This was a transformative offseason for the Wolves, between the draft and free agency. And the team still figures to be one of the worst shooting squads in the NBA. The two backcourt additions, Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea, are inefficient scoring the ball. Michael Beasley is pure gunner. The center ranks remain depressing; the team's best offensive lineup likely puts Love at center, Williams at power forward and Martell Webster at small forward, and I think I just scored 20 points on that unit.

Ziller does see some positives with the hiring of Rick Adelman and the arrival of Ricky Rubio. he also cites Derrick Williams as a solid addition for the future through the draft.

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