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Ben Beecken brings you an in-depth, daily look at the #Wolves and the NBA. Locked On Wolves is the best way to get quick-hitting, accurate, and year-round Minnesota Timberwolves analysis. The Locked On Wolves Podcast is part of the Locked on Podcast Network. Follow @bbeecken and @lockedontwolves on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest Wolves news and reaction. #NBA #Timberwolves #Twolves
 
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The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a total of four draft night trades, including trading back from No. 19 while adding an additional first-round pick. The Wolves selected Auburn center Walker Kessler at No. 22 and Duke wing Wendell Moore Jr. at No. 26. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down the trades, the fit for both Kessler and Moore on the Wolv…
 
Here it is, the annual granddaddy of them all, State of the Timberwolves 2022! We put a bow on the 2021-2022 Timberwolves season, with our annual awards and demerits. A brief rant about the end of the postseason with a classic segment 1.5. We then look towards the future with the upcoming draft and free agency period. Lastly, we get to all of your …
 
What will the Minnesota Timberwolves do in today's 2022 NBA Draft? There are plenty of rumors, including trading up, trading back or out, or swapping the pick for a current NBA player. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down the newest rumors, as well as the most likely possibilities for the Wolves, including the final Locked On Wolves Draft Big Board.…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly calling around the league with interest in adding a frontline center to the roster and are more than open to playing Karl-Anthony Towns at the 4 more frequently. Beyond Clint Capela, what other names are possibilities? What about Utah Jazz superstar Rudy Gobert? If the Wolves go a more traditional route, is…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly interested in Atlanta Hawks big man Clint Capela, among other veteran centers. What does that indicate when it comes to the Wolves' offseason strategy? Is the best place to find another big the draft, free agency, or the trade market? Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) explores the possibility of such a move and also …
 
As the week of the 2022 NBA Draft begins, it's time to revisit potential trade partners with interest in Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell. Also, the Timberwolves Big Board continues with No. 20 -- would the Wolves entertain the possibility of taking a center in this year's draft? And finally, ESPN's post-Finals power rankings have the …
 
The Ultimate NBA Mock Draft 2022 begins as the Locked On NBA local experts make the pick for their teams. Kainani Stevens is joined by Rafael Barlowe & Richard Stayman from Locked On NBA Big Board to breakdown every pick. Audacy Experts Ryan McDonough, Jimmy Patsos, and more give their analysis along with the Locked On College hosts who covered the…
 
There are going to be plenty of viable options for the Minnesota Timberwolves to select with the No. 19 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. From Jalen Williams to Dalen Terry, there are intriguing, high-upside wings and combo guards galore that should be on the board when the Wolves are making their selection. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down both playe…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves will likely draft a plug-and-play rotation piece at No. 19 in the 2022 NBA Draft, but if one of the higher-upside athletes falls, would Tim Connelly and the new-look front office take a swing? Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) talks draft philosophy and prospects Jalen Duren and Ousmane Dieng and whether or not either one of those …
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves may not pick until the No. 19 selection in the 2022 NBA Draft, but there are plenty of wings and versatile forwards on the board. Could they consider moving up a few spots to grab a perfect fit such as LSU's Tari Eason? Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down why Eason is such a tantalizing prospect, as well as a couple of gu…
 
Could Big 12 Player of the Year and former Kansas Jayhawk Ochai Agbaji potentially slide to the Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 19? Even if he doesn't the Wolves should consider a move up in the 2022 NBA Draft for the plug-and-play 3-and-D player. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) also examines two other draft prospects who are projected to be off the board ju…
 
Part Three of the Timberwolves Big Board examines the possibility of the Minnesota Timberwolves trading up for Arizona Wildcats wing and PAC-12 Player of the Year Benedict Mathurin. Mathurin lands at No. 7 on the board, but he could slide past that point in the 2022 NBA Draft. If he does, the Wolves should be ready to pounce. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken…
 
Welcome to Part II of the Locked On Wolves Big Board, examining the best fits for the Minnesota Timberwolves near the top of the 2022 NBA Draft. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down slots 4 through 6 on the board, including Keegan Murray, the well-rounded forward from the University of Iowa, and a pair of impressive athletes with tantalizing upside.…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 19 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. But, if they magically had a top-three pick, which of the best prospects would be the most synergistic fit with the Wolves? Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down Jabari Smith, Jr., Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero and how each of them would look in a Timberwolves uniform. Support…
 
According to new reporting from ESPN's Zach Lowe, the Andrew Wiggins-D'Angelo Russell trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors almost fell through due to draft pick demands. Eventually, Gersson Rosas and the Wolves came back to the table, but it almost didn't get done. Plus, the Wolves have worked out a few players who cou…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Tim Connelly away from the Denver Nuggets, and their team president, Josh Kroenke, spent a press conference sharing his sour grapes with us all. Also, additional NBA mock drafts and thoughts on Ohio State's E.J. Liddell as a potential fit with the Wolves. Finally, could Ben Simmons be a trade possibility for the Tim…
 
New Minnesota Timberwolves boss Tim Connelly has made his first move, hiring Matt Lloyd away from the Orlando Magic. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) explores the draft track record of the Magic while Lloyd was there, as well as some of the key moves they made in Lloyd's decade-long tenure. Also, the Miami Heat are reportedly interested in trading for Patri…
 
If the Minnesota Timberwolves want to continue to rise up the standings in the Western Conference, they're going to need to take some swings on the trade market. D'Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley are both likely on the trade block, but what players could the Wolves target that would clearly upgrade the current roster? Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) break…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves are certainly open to moving D'Angelo Russell this offseason, and while there are teams that simply won't be fits based on their salary cap and roster, there are at least a few teams that could be a match made in heaven. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) builds a case for the Washington Wizards as a potential landing spot for D'Lo.…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves introduced new President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly on Tuesday. He spoke glowingly of the existing front office and ownership group, as well as a few players on the roster. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down his comments, including his repeated mentions of Chris Finch and Sachin Gupta, and what we can take awa…
 
D'Angelo Russell is one of the biggest names in the NBA who could potentially be on the move this offseason. There are a small handful of teams who would be intriguing trade partners with the Minnesota Timberwolves, including a Western Conference rival. Also, are the New York Knicks a legitimate potential trade partner for D'Lo? Ben Beecken (@bbeec…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves were able to snag Denver Nuggets President of Basketball of Operations Tim Connelly away with a big raise to take over in the same capacity. Can Connelly do what no POBO has truly done before, and take this team to the next plateau? Use my referral link for the Crypto.com App: https://crypto.com/app/mt4ysj25P7 to sign up …
 
New Minnesota Timberwolves front office boss Tim Connelly is rumored to be looking for some recognizable names to join him in the front office. Plus, an overview of a few mock drafts. As the Wolves prepare for the NBA Draft, what positions and player profile types do analysts think they'll be looking to draft? Will the Wolves swing for the fences w…
 
New Minnesota Timberwolves front office boss Tim Connelly ran the Denver Nuggets basketball operations department for the better part of a decade, and there was far more good than bad. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) looks at his signature moves, as well as some of the better under-the-radar decisions the Nuggets made. Plus, examining a few of the less-pos…
 
Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns has been named All-NBA Third Team for the second time in his career. Did the voters get all three All-NBA teams right? Who was the biggest snub? Also, new Wolves president Tim Connelly will have a busy first few weeks on the job. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down his first three orders of busine…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves have officially hired Tim Connelly to be the team's new president of basketball operations. Connelly leaves the Denver Nuggets after building one of the league's best teams over the past several years, including an impressive draft track record and a solid slew of roster-building trades. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) discusses …
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves are moving a step closer to hiring current Denver Nuggets front office boss Tim Connelly to the same post with the Wolves as majority owner Glen Taylor is meeting with Connelly to discuss the role. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) discusses the latest rumors, as well as what Connelly has been able to do over the last several years…
 
Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns is likely to be named to an All-NBA team for the first time in three years, and he largely changed his offensive game to do it. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down Towns' interesting shot mix this season, and why parts of his performance were similar to what he did alongside Jimmy Butler four seas…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly in "serious talks" with current Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly. In addition to Connelly, there is a full list of big names -- all currently leading basketball operations departments -- the Wolves are thought to have interest in leading their front office. What are the chances they land one of these r…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves' incoming ownership group is reportedly still exploring various front office options to exist alongside current head of basketball operations Sachin Gupta. What's realistic, and is this the proper approach? Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) explores the latest reports and debates what the next steps could be. Plus, NBA Draft Lotter…
 
Anthony Edwards had a phenomenal second season in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves. From the decision-making to the perimeter shooting, Edwards was drastically improved on the offensive side of the ball. But perhaps even more impressive was the leap he made in on-ball defense. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks it all down, including what we can …
 
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch was known as an offensive innovator when he came to the Wolves, but his impact was felt equally as much, if not more, on the defense as his squad made massive strides on that end of the floor. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) runs through the laundry list of tweaks that Finch made, plus an update on Karl-Anthony…
 
D'Angelo Russell is a relatively polarizing player, and he turned in a polarizing performance while helping the Minnesota Timberwolves reach the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) is joined by Chelanga Langason (@chelangason) as they debate Russell's impact on the Wolves' major improvement, as well as …
 
Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt went opposite directions this season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Beasley struggled in a move to the bench on a deeper Wolves roster but still demonstrated dynamic volume 3-point-shooting ability. Will he be on the team in 2022-23? Vanderbilt, for his part, proved his value as a versatile defender and tough, h…
 
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch finished too low in Coach of the Year voting. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) breaks down why the job Finch did was absolutely underappreciated by the national media, and which coaches he should have finished in front of on the final ballot. Also, a review of Jaden McDaniels season and the next step in his move…
 
Naz Reid and Patrick Beverley played very different roles for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, but they both had fantastic years. Beverley ended up being a regular starter and was the heartbeat of the team, having one of the best all-around seasons of his career despite his worst-ever 3-point shooting season. Reid, on the other hand, showed …
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally gave Jaylen Nowell more minutes this year, and the former PAC-12 Player of the Year did not disappoint. His offense exploded, and Nowell proved that he has the ability to be one of the more efficient bench scoring options in the league moving forward. Taurean Prince was acquired last offseason to provide more vers…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves were a much deeper team in 2021-22, and that meant that a pair of players who saw regular minutes over the past couple of seasons saw their playing time reduced. Still, Jordan McLaughlin came on strong at the end of the season and in the playoffs, and is likely to be a big part of head coach Chris Finch's rotation moving …
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves had greater depth during the 2021-22 season than any Wolves campaign in recent memory. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) starts the player review series by examining the seasons of some of the players towards the end of the Wolves' bench, including rookie Leandro Bolmaro, two-way players Nate Knight and McKinley Wright IV, and Jake…
 
How did the preseason predictions turn out when it comes to the Minnesota Timberwolves? What about the Northwest Division and the Western Conference as a whole? Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) takes a look at where he nailed the predictions and where he missed entirely from the preseason prediction shows. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! PrizePicks C…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves season is over, and it's time to revisit preseason predictions. From individual player predictions to overall team stats, Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) discusses the four (okay, three-and-a-half) predictions he nailed and the one that he missed badly. Plus a bit more discussion surrounding D'Angelo Russell and the recent rumor …
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves ultimately fell short against the Memphis Grizzlies in their first-round playoff series, but what does the Game 6 loss and the series as a whole tell us about what the Wolves need to do this offseason? What does it all mean for D'Angelo Russell? What other needs do the Wolves have? Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) also discusses p…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in a hard-fought Game 6 as the Wolves' season came to a close. Once again, the Wolves led for much of the game but fell apart in the fourth quarter as Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and offensive rebounding doomed the Timberwolves. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) and Chelanga Langason (@chelangason) go liv…
 
Karl Anthony Towns has responded incredibly in games four and five, but it will take more for this team to overcome a 3-2 deficit to ultimately defeat these talented but annoying Memphis Grizzlies in seven games. Another player needs to step up when needed most. Use my referral link for the Crypto.com App: https://crypto.com/app/mt4ysj25P7 to sign …
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies can each make the case that they should have already won their first-round playoff series in five games. Each team has won a game easily, and the other three games could have gone either way. But silly mistakes have harmed both young squads. Plus, Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) covers the four biggest issue…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves struggled on both ends of the floor down the stretch in the Game 5 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. What happened on offense, and why was the shot selection so bad? Also, the Grizzlies deployed a brand-new small-ball lineup that confounded the Timberwolves and slowed down Karl-Anthony Towns. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) discusse…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves led for much of Game 5, but struggled defensively on Ja Morant down the stretch and allowed the Memphis Grizzlies to come from behind and win. Conversely, the Wolves did a strong job getting the ball to Karl-Anthony Towns early in the game, but the late-game offense devolved into too much isolation play for Minnesota. Ben…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves led for long stretches of Game 5 and tied the game with three seconds to play on an Anthony Edwards 3-pointer, but ultimately fell to Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies due to shaky defense down the stretch. Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) and Chelanga Langason (@chelangason) break down the loss on the live postcast. Support Us …
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally did a better job getting the ball to Karl-Anthony Towns in advantageous positions in their Game 4 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. How will the Grizzlies adjust, and can the Wolves counter-punch? Also, fun with series stats, including the Grizzlies' claim of unfair officiating. What do the free throw numbers really…
 
The Minnesota Timberwolves made effective adjustments on offense in order to get Karl-Anthony Towns more involved in the offense. Similarly, they were even more aggressive on defense to force the ball out of Ja Morant's hands. Both adjustments worked, and Ben Beecken (@bbeecken) explains why they should carry over into the rest of the series. Plus,…
 
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