Timberwolves at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:47 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Kevin Garnett
We're going out on a limb here, but we think KG is a good pick.

Last year The Kid became The Man.

Now KG's ready to become The Champ -- if his mates stay healthy.

Other than the Kings, no playoff team was hit as hard by injuries as the Wolves, who were without Laker-killers Troy Hudson and Sam Cassell in the conference finals. With Cassell about to turn 35 and Latrell Sprewell at 34, this crew doesn't have too many more next years.

Roster analysis
The starters: Can go to KG inside. Can go to KG outside. And they do.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Kevin Garnett Transition play: from Playoff Hump to Da Man 10
SF Wally Szczerbiak One bad move from being Trenton Hassell's sub again 8
C Michael Olowokandi Needs to show and prove 7
SG Latrell Sprewell Midrange J makes up for lost step 8
PG Sam Cassell First-time All-Star helped make Garnett a first-time MVP 8
BENCH Deep. They can bring in size (Ervin Johnson, Mark Madsen), shooting (Hudson, Fred Hoiberg) and defense (Hassell). 9
*-out of 10