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Thib could wake a sleeping giant T-Wolves

If anybody can lead a Timberwolves team that is loaded with young talent to success, it's Tom Thibodeau.

If anybody can lead a Timberwolves team that is loaded with young talent to success, it’s Tom Thibodeau.

The Minnesota Timberwolves might be a sleeping giant with loads of young talent on the roster. They just needed to figure out how was going to run the show. And they have found their man in former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

The Timberwolves and owner Glen Taylor have brought Thibodeau in on a five-year contract worth about $40 million to lead this team as both the head coach and president. After a 29-53 season, the Timberwolves missed the playoffs for a 12th season, and suffered their 11th-straight losing season.

Karl-Anthony Towns looks like a franchise-changing big man after his rookie season in which he averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Andrew Wiggins has steadily shown his elite athleticism on the wing and is developing into a star. In his second season, Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 20.7 points per game. The massively athletic Zach LaVine has dazzled with two NBA slam dunk contest victories, and averaged 14 points last year.

And we have not even mentioned Shabazz Muhammad, who has steadily developed, or Gorgui Dieng, whose shown athleticism and defensive ability inside, or Ricky Rubio, who averaged 8.6 assists per game a year ago.

The Timberwolves have loads of young talent and as those guys get older, Minnesota is only going to get better. They just needed the right guy to run the show and Thibodeau has certainly proven he can be that guy. Thibodeau was the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year and went to the playoffs all five years he was in Chicago, both with and without Derrick Rose. He was 255-139 in five seasons. Without Thibodeau, the Bulls went 42-40 and missed the playoffs this year.

Thibodeau has been called one of the best coaches in the game by many NBA general managers and is known for his defensive style. The Timberwolves allowed 106 points per game last season, the seventh-most in the league this season.

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