The Timberwolves have the worst record in the NBA and fired their coach. Granted, KAT has only played in 11 of their 31 games this year, but there is a longer historical trend of franchise mediocrity. The Timberwolves record during his tenure has been:
2015-16 • 29-53
2016-17 • 31-51
2017-18 • 47-35
2018-19 • 36-46
2019-20 • 19-45
2020-21 • 7-24
It is true he missed significant time last year and this year. But it’s also true the only year the Wolves had a record over .500 was 2017-18, when Jimmy Butler still played there. And we all know Jimmy called KAT soft and forced way out of MN. It’s also notable that 2017-18 is KAT’s worst season statistically, other than his rookie year.
So, the question becomes: Why are the Wolves so bad, year over year? Part of it is general franchie ineptitude, sure. The West being is also very competitive, but that can only be an excuse for so long, and has the Wolves roster really been that bad compared to, say, Utah? And it’s true he’s missed time with COVID this year (and that his family was devastated, which is heart-breaking), and last year with an injury. They’ve also been at best declining ever since Jimmy Butler left.
You have to start to wonder at a certain point how valuable KAT actually is as a player. What do you guys think? He seems like he’s on a Carmelo-esque career trajectory. Would a change of teams or coaching staff unlock something that’s remained frozen in Minnesota?