By the Numbers: Big 3 Talks, Why the Timberwolves is a Worthy Adversary

The Wolves are Biting: In case you missed, they are on a 4-game winning streak

Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony-Towns
The Wolves are enjoying an early success thanks to the Big 3 of their own. 
Jimmy Butler. 
Andrew Wiggins.
Karl Anthony-Towns.
Who would have thought that these three players would end up playing together in one team outside of Team USA? While the rest of the league were excited when the Oklahoma City Thunder landed Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to play alongside reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook, when the Cleveland Cavaliers have reunited Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, not everyone is talking about the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Why should the Timberwolves be included in the talks?

Reason #1: They are on a 4 game winning streak.

Reason #2: They are currently the 3rd best team in the West.

Yes, folks. The Timberwolves, a team who used to spend a big chunk of time being at the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference, is now among the best teams in the West as far as their record is concerned. And yes, their numbers don’t lie either:

109 Points per Game

With a starting unit that includes Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler who was traded from the Chicago Bulls during the offseason, we can expect the Wolves to score more. And they didn’t disappoint either. Through 9 games into the season, the wards of Coach Tom Thibodeau have been averaging 109 points per game and they have been able to reach the century mark in all of those 9 games. Impressive, isn’t? What’s more impressive is that they scored 119 and 115 against the Thunder- both were close wins. The Wolves’ 109 points average land them in 7th among all teams, 2nd in the West alone. 

5 Wolves Scoring in Double Figures

  • Karl Anthony-Towns: 22 points per game
  • Andrew Wiggins: 19 points per game
  • Jimmy Butler: 15 points per game
  • Jeff Teague: 12 points per game
  • Jamal Crawford: 10 points per game
One of the main reasons why the Wolves are so successful nowadays especially when it comes to scoring points is that they have multiple guys on their team who are capable of scoring on a consistent basis. And the guys above are not just about scoring.  
Anthony-Towns is also leading his team with  11 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. 
Jeff Teague, another newcomer to the Wolves this season, has been contributing as one of the new point guards of Tom Thibodeau as he is averaging 8 assists (6th in the league) and close to 2 steals per game (10th in the league)- both are leading the team, to go along with his 12 points per game average. 

Conclusion

If the Minnesota Timberwolves can keep up this level of consistency, they will keep on winning especially in the long haul. They will keep on biting and surprising teams. Who knows? They might be able to make a long-awaited return to the postseason should they keep on winning especially against the powerhouse teams in the league. But judging by their ongoing winning streak, KAT and company will be hard to limit and will be harder to defeat. 

What’s on the Head of Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade?

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade: New Look, New Season

Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler has developed a bond together during their time playing with each other in Chicago. Both players have traveled and certainly spent a lot of time together. Recently, the two stars worked out together and had a rather funny conversation about how each other looked so differently. 
Dwyane Wade posted a photo of them together sharing a laugh. 
We know that Jimmy Butler has been traded to the Wolves and Dwyane Wade is most likely to play for a new team next season but it will not be a new jersey they will be wearing next season as they got a new hairstyle!

  • dwyanewadeOur convo went alil something like this Jimmy: What is that in your head. Me: what is that in your head. Que the laughs and boom the picture was taken. That’s called picture magic🤷🏾‍♂️ #Gymrats #Workers

  

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Timberwolves Will not be Shooting a lot of Threes but in Case They Do?

The Wolves’ outside shooting could pack a punch?

With Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl Anthony Towns leading the pack, the new look wolves may just be one of the top teams to beat this upcoming season.
If you ask me, the starting line up of the Minnesota has never been as good until now. The combination of young and veteran superstars makes them really a dangerous team. Jimmy Butler automatically makes them a super team.
The move of the Chicago Bulls to let go of their main man still puzzles me up to now. Jimmy Butler would easily inherit the franchise player role especially as he is back under the coach of his former coach in Chicago, Coach Tom Thibodeau.
Jimmy was averaging 23 points last season and he attempted an average of only 3 three-pointers and making one of them.  You can say the same for the other players in the starting line up. With teams like the Golden State Warriors making a living outside the three-point area, should it be a concern to Wolves fans that their players may not be attempting enough threes?

Last season percentages:
Jeff Teague – 35.7%.
Jimmy Butler – 36.7%.
Andrew Wiggins – 35.6%.
Gorgui Dieng – 37.2%.
Karl-Anthony Towns – 36.7%.
Average: 36.2%.

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The 2011 NBA Draft Class has Become One of the Best

2011 draft class is one of the deepest and can be one of the best

People say that the 2003 draft class is one of the best with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade leading the draft class.
Others are saying that the 2017 Rookie Class which is led by Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson can potentially challenge the claim of being the best draft class in the NBA. The draft class indeed looks promising and its just a matter of time for us to find out. 
One draft class, however, has proven to be one of the deepest, however, has been a surprise and I can argue this to be one of the best and can probably challenge the 2003 lineup.
2011 includes Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Tristan Thompson, Jonas Valančiūnas, Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight, Nikola Vučević, Iman Shumpert, Kenneth Faried and Isaiah Thomas. These players have proven their worth in the NBA and some of them have already accomplished a lot and are still improving. The draft class has proven to be one of the deepest with Butler being picked last in the first round and Isaiah Thomas the overall 60th pick.
Hands down, this draft class could still accomplish more.

Kyrie Wants to be Teammates with Jimmy Butler, Here is the Proof!

Kyrie Irving requested a trade, nothing new about that, but did you know why Kyrie chooses the Timberwolves as one of the top potential destinations for his trade request?
The answer is friendship. When leBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh played together, that was because of mutual understanding.  When Carmelo Anthony wishes to be traded to Cleveland or Houston, it’s also because two of his friends are on each teams.
Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler has been close friends for a while now and the evidence is here. If they can make good music together, they can certainly play together.
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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jimmy Butler!

Jimmy Butler is recently one of the most talked about players, being traded to the Wolves has sent waves to the league and it triggered a lot of movements within the league.

We know that you would like to learn more about the new main man of the Wolves, so here are the top 10 things you don’t know about Jimmy.


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EverythingTop10 is proud to present, “The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Minnesota Timberwolves Shooting-Guard Jimmy Butler!” Some of the amazing facts include the reason why he was kicked out of his house when he was just 13 years old by his mother and which colleges he attended! Some other fun facts include which musicians he is a fan of and which actor he went on vacation with in Paris! Hope you guys enjoy these interesting facts about Jimmy Butler!

Jimmy Butler Joins Wiggins and Towns in New Era / New Face T-Wolves

It’s now OFFICIAL!
Jimmy Butler is now a T-Wolves! He joins a young and talented core that comprises of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Minnesota traded their #7 pick, Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Chicago for Jimmy Butler together with the number 16 draft pick. 
Tom Thibodeau a former Chicago Bulls head coach could be in the process of acquiring his old team back in Chicago and he is starting with the 27-year-old Jimmy Butler. Coach Thibodeau was instrumental to the growth of now all-star shooting guard Butler.
The Bulls is now in rebuilding mode, while the Wolves suddenly became a contender with the addition of Butler who last year was leading the Bulls and averaging 23.9 points.

Dwyane Wade Reacts After Teammate Ruins His Triple-Double!

Dwyane Wade was one rebound away from a triple double as the Bulls-Cavaliers came to an end. He was in perfect position to grab the rebound until Cristiano Felicio literally took it from him. The rebound was perfectly set up for him but his own teammate stopped him from getting a triple double!

 
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Top NBA Players That Have Higher Chances of Being Traded Before the Trade Deadline

We already had one blockbuster trade that shocked the basketball world, and the trade deadline is still two days away. DeMarcus Cousins have already been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans to pair up with Anthony Davis as they chase a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Here are the list of the top guys who has higher chances to be traded before Friday’s deadline:

  • Deron Williams (PG), Dallas Mavericks
The Utah Jazz have expressed some interest in re-acquiring their former All-Star guard out of West Virginia. Williams played six seasons for the Jazz and appeared two-times in an All-Star game. He averages 17.3 points, 9.1 assists and 3.0 blocks per game on his tenure on Utah.

  • Wilson Chandler (SF), Denver Nuggets
A number of Western Conference teams are said to be linked on a potential deal to add the Denver Nuggets’ forward, Wilson Chandler. One team to keep on an eye on is the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN’s Chris B. Haynes. The Clippers and Thunders have been also reportedly interested on Chandler.

  • Danilo Gallinari (SF), Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets wants a first-rounder swap rights on another pick for Gallinari and Chandler, according to ESPN. It’s unclear, but Gallo’s agent will likely take calls from several teams in the 2017 free-agent market.

  • Nikola Mirotic (PF), Chicago Bulls
With a disappointing 22-23 start this season, it appears that the Chicago Bulls are currently looking for the best offer to their sharpshooting big man, according to Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Rajon Rondo (PG), Chicago Bulls
We all know that Rondo didn’t sign for the Bulls just to be a backup point guard, but does anybody see him as anything more these days? According to Chicago Sun-Times, Rondo and Mirotic is on the Bulls’ trading block. The 6 foot 1 passing guard is only averaging 6.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game this season.

  • Derrick Rose (PG), New York Knicks
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the Knicks recently to discuss about the Rose-Rubio swap, sources say. If ever this trade happens, Rose will play again under his ex-Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau.

  • Ricky Rubio (PG), Minnesota Timberwolves
As the Timberwolves’ team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau sees rookie, Kris Dunn as the future point guard for the team, the Wolves are currently accepting offers to their Spaniard point guard. The Rose-Rubio swap has a chance to be done before Friday’s trade deadline.

  • Brook Lopez (C), Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly been accepting trade calls from any team that is interested on their star center. The Nets reportedly is seeking for at least two first-round picks. Lopez is quietly having an excellent season, and he is averaging 20.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game this season in 51 appearances.

  • Jahlil Okafor (C), Philadelphia 76ers
When Okafor was drafted on 2015, many people thought that he will have a successful career but in the latest happenings about the former Duke Supertar, it seems his career is quietly going down. The Pelicans are no longer an option for him, Okafor has been reportedly linked to the Blazers, Bulls, Mavs and Celtics, according to sources.

  • Reggie Jackson (PG), Detroit Pistons
According to league sources, the Pistons have discussed a trade with the Orlando Magic that would send Reggie Jackson to the Magic for a package headlined by Jeff Green and D.J. Augustin. The ESPN reported last month that the Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves had discussed a trade featured by Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio. The New Orleans Pelicans has also linked to Jackson.

  • Andre Drummond (C), Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons are still exploring a potential trade for their bruising big man. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Pistons will not discourage trade inquiries for Drummond. He’s only 23 years old and currently averaging a double-double with 14.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.

  • Iman Shumpert (SG), Cleveland Cavaliers
According to ESPN, Shumpert is reportedly available, and the Cavaliers are currently searching for the best offer to their 26-year old sharpshooter. He is averaging 7.6 points per game on .425 overall shooting percentage and .403 percent from downtown this season.

  • Carmelo Anthony (SF), New York Knicks
There have been plenty of talks between the Knicks and opposing teams about trading Melo, but it seems he will not waive his no-trade clause, meaning he’ll stay to New York for the rest of this season. A month ago, the Clippers, Celtics and Cavs has been linked to Melo, according to multiple sources.

  • Paul George (SF), Indiana Pacers
George says he wants to bring Indiana a title, but stopped short of saying he would sign an extension this summer. The Celtics showed a lot of interest on Pacers’ scoring forward, and according to multiple sources, the Celtics have proposed a trade to the Pacers that includes Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley/Marcus Smart and a draft pick from Brooklyn.

  • Jimmy Butler (SG/SF), Chicago Bulls
Two separate stories said that the Chicago Bulls will hold onto their All-Star at least through the end of the season. The Boston Celtics are willing to give up one of their Brooklyn draft picks for Butler with a bunch of veterans. Butler is currently having his best season so far by averaging a career high in points with 24.5, rebounds with 5.0 and assists with 6.3 per game in 51 games played.

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The Breakout Superstar from the Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler and The Story Behind his Success

(Artwork by Sean Curate)


Jimmy Butler had a tough and rough journey before reaching his NBA dream. The odds have always been against him. He did all the things he could to reach the pinnacle of success. Now that he made it to the NBA, let’s look back from where he started.
Butler grew up without a father from an early age, Jimmy was kicked out of home by his own mother at the age of 13.  Her mother’s last words to him were, “I don’t like the look of you.  You gotta go.”
After moving from house to house, with no money, no parents and no support from anyone, he was eventually taken in by the Leslie family who already had 7 children of their own, but generously
opened their home and hearts to Jimmy in his senior year of high school.
Jimmy then had to contend with a high school coach and principal who didn’t believe in his abilities.   This lack of faith in him, when coupled with the low profile of a small town school in Tomball, Texas, led to no college scholarships coming his way. However, he didn’t give up on his dream and enrolled at a local junior college, dominating the competition and leading to a long queue of high profile 
colleges offering him scholarships the following year.  He eventually chose Marquette, not for its basketball program, but its academic record.  Taking the advice of his new mom, Michelle Lambert, 
to make sure that he has a degree behind him in case things don’t work out.
Things worked out just fine.
Jimmy says it best, “It’s taught me that anything is possible. My whole life, people have doubted me. My mom did. People told me in high school I’m too short and not fast enough to play basketball.  
They didn’t know my story. Because if they did, they’d know that anything is possible.  Who would’ve 
thought that a smalltown kid would become a halfway decent player in college and now has a chance to be drafted in the NBA? That’s my chip. That’s what motivates me. I know I can overcome anything if I just take everything one day at a time.”
If you have a dream, chances are there are obstacles that can stop you from achieving it. If you let them.

Don’t feel sorry for Jimmy Butler, he wouldn’t want you to.

Be inspired by his toughness and perseverance to overcome all the obstacles he has been through to develop into the player and most importantly, the man, that he has become.

At the end, Butler’s determination led him to the 2011 NBA Draft, where he was selected with pick 30 by the Chicago Bulls.

Today. Jimmy Butler has made an impact in the NBA and is already considered as one of the top athletic swingmen in the league.
Watch his career highlights from the 2015-2016 season below:

Timberwolves Willing to Trade 5th Pick for Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler tries to score against Andrew Wiggins

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly interested in trading for Bull’s guard Jimmy Butler. Butler is a former player of now head coach and president of basketball operations of the Timberwolves, Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau made it clear to the Chicago Bulls front office that the he and the Timberwolves are interested on trading for Butler and is willing to part with their prized 5th overall pick in this year’s NBA draft.

Butler is considered one of the best two way player in the league today along with Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Paul George, He led the Bulls this season averaging 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.9 minutes per game.

Thibodeau are looking to add some veteran experience and a player with an immediate impact for the Timberwolves young team and Butler fits the bill. Butler could led this team to a playoff birth in the very deep western conference. Chances are very high that the Timberwolves will dominate the west in the coming years with core of  Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony-Towns, Ricky Rubio and Jimmy Butler.

But in order for the Timberwolves to get Butler, they need to give up more than their 5th overall pick. They should package one of their young guns, either Andrew Wiggins or Zach Lavine and Shabazz Muhammad along with the 5th pick. The Timberwolves will be dumb if they trade their future star Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is much younger and has a higher ceiling than Butler. There is a big chance that Wiggins will be a better player than Butler.

The Bulls are considering a reconstruction to the team as they failed to enter the playoffs this season. A couple of weeks ago, reports said that they were shopping Derrick Rose to the Sixers for Nerlens Noel and will not going to resign Joakim Noah.

Jimmy Butler Career High 53 points to win vs 76ers w/o D.rose and Gasol!


Jimmy Butler was just simply NASTY!!!

53 points 15-30 from the field, 2-4 from 3, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

He did all this without D. Rose and Pao Gasol to wins against Philly 115-111 (OT).

He only scored 2 points in the over time period as he was getting denied of the possession the 76ers really tried to win this one but Butler wont let his career night be spoiled. 

HERE IS THE NASTY! 53 Points outburst by Jimmy Butler



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Getting Wiggy with it ! Wiggins put on 31 pts vs the Bulls! WITH AN INSANE DUNK INSIDE!

Andrew Wiggins!

I wanted to have both wiggins and leonard on my team. Any additional is just bonus. 

Wiggins made me OHHHHHHH That’s Nasty . When he delivered that dunk over gibson after he lost Butler in a gracious spin and slam maneuver! 

I could keep talking and talking but let me just post it for you




Here is the highlight of his 31 PTS!



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Bulls and Pistons are Victorious in Opening Night

Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons both got a positive result on the season opener, after winning games against Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks respectively.

Bulls beat Cavaliers in a close game, 97-95 in United Center, Chicago. It was a very tight game and many beautiful plays shown by both sides. Cavaliers performed really well, and played as a solid team, but unfortunately fell short, even though they dominated in second, third and fourth quarters. Bulls led the Cavaliers 26-17, but Cavaliers stepped up and actually led Bulls for the rest of the quarters, 23-20, 28-25 and 27-26.

Jimmy Butler was the hero on the game. His steal on the last seconds Cavaliers’ attempt through Lebron James that intended to catch a pass from Mo Williams inbound ball secured the victory for the home team.

A little surprise on the line-up for the Bulls; Nikola Mirotic starts over veteran Joakim Noah. And it turned out pretty well. Mirotic ended the game with 19 points, and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. The hero Jimmy Butler added 18 points for the Bulls. Bulls’ superstar point guard, Derrick Rose playing with a protective mask after undergoing fractured orbital bone surgery. He scored 18 points and 5 dimes. Pau Gasol had a block party, 6 blocks under his name on this season opener.

Meanwhile, Lebron James noted 25 points for Cavaliers,with 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Mo Williams, started his second stint with Cavaliers well, with 19 points and 7 assists against the Bulls. Kevin Love added 18 points and newly signed forward, Richard Jefferson made 10 points.

Another scene from the game was that President Barack Obama attended last night’s game in United Center. From his tweet, he seems very happy that Bulls ended up victorious.

Meanwhile in Philips Arena, Atlanta, The Hawks hammered by Detroit Pistons 106-94. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the star for the Pistons, scoring 21 points and 4 rebounds. Pistons’ big man Andre Drummond was having a game as well, with 18 points and 19 (yes, nineteen) rebounds for the away team. Marcus Morris added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

For the home team, German point guard, Dennis Schroder led the team with 20 points, while forward Paul Millsap has 19 and Jeff Teague scored 18. Hawks looked struggling without DeMarre Carroll, who left the team for Raptors in free agency, offensively and defensively, and Kent Bazemore, who played to fill Carroll’s spot, scored none.