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Young Timberwolves are Poised to Make the Leap

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been the doormats of the NBA for over a decade, but expect that to change this year. The T-Wolves, who haven’t been to the postseason since 2004, currently own the longest playoff drought in the Association. But that was then, and this is now.

If you’re looking at the Wolves’ 29-53 record in 2015-16 on paper, you’d think it was a lost season. Minnesota possesses the most talented young roster in the NBA, and the emergence of 2015 No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns breathed new life into a fan base that's been desperate to see a turnaround.

Towns is the franchise cornerstone, and he has the potential to become the best player in the league one day. Mix in fellow young pups Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, and the sky is the limit for this squad.

Tom Thibodeau and his winning track record will provide the youthful Timberwolves with a stern but steady leader on the bench. Thibodeau will preach patience, but the truth is Minny could very well end its playoff skid this year. What a time to be alive.

Here’s a look at their futures odds at Bovada:

NBA championship odds +6600

The last time Minnesota was this high on NBA title odds lists, Kevin Garnett was still in his first tour in the Gopher State. The Wolves have the ninth-best chances to win the championship at the shop – a staggering number when you take into account they won only 29 games last year. Minnesota is going to be better, but don’t kid yourself. An NBA Finals win is out of reach at this stage.

Western Conference odds +3300

Just how much are oddsmakers respecting Minnesota? They have the same odds to win the West as Memphis, and better odds than Houston, New Orleans, Portland and Utah. With Golden State, San Antonio, the L.A. Clippers and Oklahoma City in their way, it won’t be easy to go all the way out West.

Northwest Division odds +333

The Northwest Division is arguably the most competitive division in the NBA right now. OKC has dominated for years, but now that Kevin Durant is in California, that trend could change going forward. The T-Wolves have the fourth-best odds to win the Northwest, but they aren’t that far off the Thunder, who come in at +250. No one knows what’s going to happen this year, but Minnesota has the most promise out of all of the aforementioned teams.

OVER/UNDER win total 40.5

Minnesota has reached the 40-win mark just once in the last 11 campaigns, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens again in 2016-17. Call me crazy, but I’m failing to understand how a franchise with the ninth-best odds to go all the way is tabbed with a 40.5 season win total. Thibodeau’s influence is going to really show here, and he may be the difference maker for OVER bettors.

2016-17 Minnesota Timberwolves Futures Odds
NBA Finals+6600
Western Conference+3300
Northwest Division+333
Win Totals40.5