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Andrew Wiggins on T’Wolves: ‘We’re going to be a nightmare to play’


The Minnesota Timberwolves are without question one of the up-and-coming teams in the NBA with the biggest upside. While most experts believe the T’Wolves are a few years away from joining the ranks of elite squads in the Association, Andrew Wiggins believes the team will nevertheless present a formidable challenge on a nightly basis beginning next season.

Wiggins acknowledges that with himself, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, among other relatively inexperienced talent leading the way, the Wolves roster is “young.” But that won’t stop the team from being a thorn in opponents’ sides every game, according to Wiggins.

“We’re going to be playing hard, getting up and down,” Wiggins said while taking in some NBA Summer League action Monday, as transcribed by theStar Tribune. “We’re going to be all over the place. I feel like we’re going to be a nightmare to play.”

Despite Wiggins’ belief that the Timberwolves are prepared to take the next step, he concedes that a 29-53 showing last season means much work is left to be done.

“We just have to trust the process,” he said. “Nothing was built or set in one day. It’s a process. … With some new additions, players coming back we’re going to be even better this year. This should be a good year for us.”

The Wolves added Kris Dunn via the draft and also brought in Brandon Rush and Cole Aldrich via free agency. While those names don’t jump off the page, the three players do add depth to a team that will be led by Wiggins, Towns, LaVine and Ricky Rubio (that is, if the point guard isn’t traded).

Include the move to bring in Tom Thibodeau as an executive and head coach and the Timberwolves obviously are a team headed in the right direction for the first time in well over a decade.

Wiggins once got slammed for “delusional” comments following a Wolves’ victory last season. While his recent comments about the Timberwolves’ prospects for next season aren’t delusional in the least, they certainly are optimistic.