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AOL.com's Preseason NBA Power Rankings: 28. Minnesota Timberwolves

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For some teams, success isn't measured in wins and losses. That will be the case for the Minnesota Timberwolves this year.

Every weekday from now until the eve of the NBA season, AOL Sports is rolling out our power rankings heading into the year. Most recently, we explained our grim No. 29 ranking for the Portland Trail Blazers. Today, the young T-Wolves come in an No. 28.


With each of the last three years' first overall picks on board, the Wolves almost automatically qualify as a top-tier League Pass team to watch. With Andrew Wiggins ready to build on a Rookie of the Year campaign in 2014-15 and Karl Towns trying to fully unleash his full potential as a pro, Minnesota will be fun, if nothing else.

Ricky Rubio, surrounded by so many athletes, should truly be able to use his playmaking ability and make life as easy as possible for the young guys. Gorgui Dieng broke out last season as a lengthy, two-way center and Zach LaVine is yet another intriguing, explosive option in the backcourt.

But with all the entertaining youth comes damaging inexperience, and with a roster predominantly comprised of these types of players, wins will be hard to come by once again. Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic will likely be shopped around to other teams via trade, as two odd-fitting veterans on this rebuilding squad.

We send our best wishes to Minnesota president and head coach Flip Saunders, who's undergoing cancer treatment and won't be on the bench for the start of the season. Sam Mitchell, who has five years of coching experience with the Toronto Raptors, will run the show in the interim.

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