Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota Timberwolves 2004 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Minnesota had its best season in franchise history.
The Timberwolves won 58 games and captured the Midwest Division crown during
the regular season.

The Timberwolves, who were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games
in the conference finals, defeated Denver in five games in the opening round
of the postseason for their first-ever playoff series victory. In the semis,
Minnesota was able to hang on and defeat the Sacramento Kings in seven games.

All-Star forward Kevin Garnett captured the MVP for the first time of his
career, while Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell had outstanding first years in
Minnesota.

The Timberwolves could be primed for another serious run in the West. However,
the 34-year-old Cassell and the 33-year-old Sprewell are not youngsters.
Minnesota had trouble dealing with Shaquille O’Neal in the conference finals,
and should try to find a way that would help it deal with him more
efficiently if the teams were to meet once again in the postseason.

Minnesota has just one pick, No. 58 in the second round. It looks like the
Timberwolves will have to rely once again on Garnett, Cassell and Sprewell
next season.

Key Player(s): Sam Cassell (guard), Kevin Garnett (forward), Trenton Hassell
(guard), Michael Olowokandi (center), Latrell Sprewell (forward), Wally
Szczerbiak (guard).

Team Needs: Depth up front.

Draft picks: 2nd round (58th overall).

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