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NBA Power Rankings: Everybody Loves The Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves are the second-best team in the league, according to SB Nation's NBA power rankings. Unfortunately, since it's Valentine's Day, these power rankings are based on lovability and not actual basketball talent.

The Minnesota Timberwolves aren't the best team in the NBA when it comes to the standings this season -- they lost their fourth consecutive game on Monday night -- but that doesn't mean they don't deserve to rank pretty high when it comes to the NBA power rankings. Well, actually that is what it means ... unless everyone decides to go by Tom Ziller's Lovability Rankings over at SB Nation.

Ziller is a pretty precise guy when it comes to his rankings, as the majority of the power rankings are, so he used the following formula to figure out that the Timberwolves are the second-best team in the league (when it comes to lovability, anyway). It's pretty difficult to disagree with the logic Ziller used to figure this out:

The Pack would have been No. 1 if Kevin Love didn't go on a face-stomping spree. (Victim count: one.) Michael Beasley is the most lovable gunner without a conscience since Antoine Walker. He just needs a signature celebration like the Shimmy. Mocking the "Kobe System" doesn't count, unfortunately.

The formula Ziller figured that out with is as follows:

	(Average retina size weighted by minutes * 2) 
+ 	(average hair length weighted by height) 
+ 	(high-fives per game) 
- 	(technical fouls) 
+ 	(puppy dog tattoos)
- 	(Grim Reaper tattoos)

It seems the Wolves may have been robbed considering Ricky Rubio didn't get a mention and Nikola Pekovic has to have a puppy dog tattoo somewhere, but second place is nothing to scoff at.

It's unfortunate these aren't the actual power rankings!

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. You can also check out professional basketball news from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.