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2012 NBA power rankings: Timberwolves come in at No. 24

After going 1-1 in the first weekend of the NBA season, the Minnesota Timberwolves are ranked No. 24 in SB Nation's weekly NBA power rankings.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are ranked No. 24 in the latest weekly NBA power rankings from SB Nation's Seth Rosenthal. The Wolves finished the first week of action with a 1-1 record, winning at home over the Sacramento Kings and losing on the road to the Toronto Raptors.

Rosenthal seems pretty optimistic on the Wolves' future, even if things haven't gone completely their way through the first two games:

Brandon Roy's play has been less inspiring than expected and Nikola Pekovic may be missing Kevin Love's magnetic pull, but this team looks prepared to be pretty decent once they're healthy. It might be tough to tread water between now and whenever that is. Hopefully, JJ Barea's concussion doesn't put him out too long.

Minnesota's Northwest division foes fared pretty well in the rankings, with the Oklahoma City Thunder coming in at No. 4 and the Denver Nuggets ranked at No. 11. The Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers are listed just ahead of the Wolves, at Nos. 19 and 20, respectively.

The San Antonio Spurs, who lost in last year's Western Conference Finals to the Thunder, are Rosenthal's top-ranked team. The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City and the New York Knicks round out the top five.

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