Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves depth chart for 2021-22 season

At times, change feels like the only constant for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who enter the 2021-22 season after making several offseason trades.

Leading the pack is the trio of Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards, the runner up for the 2021 Rookie of the Year award. As it continues to build its roster under interim general manager Sachin Gupta, can Minnesota return to prominence in the West?

The Timberwolves open season on Wednesday, Oct. 20 when they host the Houston Rockets.

Depth chart

Minnesota Timberwolves depth chart (2021-22)
Starter Second Third Fourth
PG D'Angelo Russell Patrick Beverley Jordan McLaughlin McKinley Wright IV
SG Anthony Edwards Josh Okogie Jaylen Nowell
SF Malik Beasley Jake Layman Leandro Bolmaro
PF Jaden McDaniels Jarred Vanderbilt Taurean Prince
C Karl-Anthony Towns Naz Reid Nathan Knight

Key additions and subtractions

While Minnesota didn't own its pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, it made a number of moves this offseason, including the trades that bring in Patrick Beverley and Taurean Princeshou, two veterans that should add to the team's defensive pedigree.

While not an addition in the traditional sense, 2020 draft pick Leandro Bolmaro joins the squad after spending last season with Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona.

On their way out of Minnesota are Ricky Rubio, Juancho Hernangomez and Jarrett Culver, who have landed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.

Positional battles

One look at the Wolves depth chart and it's impossible to ignore that they have an abundance of guards.

Arguments can be made for each of D'Angelo Russell, Patrick Beverley, Anthony Edwards, Malik Beasley and Josh Okogie to be a part of Minnesota's starting unit, and each of them are likely to hear their names called as starters at some point throughout the season.

With a focus on offence, head coach Chris Finch could go with a three-guard trio of Russell, Edwards and Beasley, but he could insert either one of Beverley or Okogie for a boost on the defensive end, while a player like Beasley could provide a major scoring punch as a sixth man.

In the frontcourt, the starting forward position appears to belong to Jaden McDaniels, who wowed with his intangibles and athleticism as a rookie. After McDaniels, Jarred Vanderbilt and Taurean Prince provide different looks at the four position, with Vanderbilt providing energy and rebounding and Prince serving as a 3-and-D type player.

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