We are onto T Wolves Gaming ladies and gentlemen. I was excited about this one for a couple of reasons: 1) obviously, they’re the reigning champions and 2) PG BearDaBeast. People in the 2K community RAVE about his PG play so it was fun to sit down and watch for myself. He definitely doesn’t disappoint. Let’s get right into last season:
After a rough 3-6 start, that included firing their head coach and an in-season trade for JMoney; the T-Wolves locked in, winning their final five games to clinch their playoff spot. From there it was BearDaBeast’s world and we were just living in it. The eventual Finals MVP let everybody know how unstoppable he was and the red-hot Wolves cruised to a finals appearance. “Give me no credit this to my teammates. This team is a brotherhood and my whole team some dogs” – BearDaBeast. There’s no denying this leadership is a massive reason the team was able to save their season, and now call themselves champions. Recap the Finals here:
A common theme amongst the league: the Wolves work heavily out of a pick and roll. With arguably the league’s best PG at the helm and professional roll man Feast, the T Wolves run one of the league’s most effective PNR’s. This offseason, the Gen.G expansion team stole away lockdown defender TurnUpDefense. Former player NachoTraynor switched things up and took a front-office role with the Hornets Venom squad. To combat these losses, the T Wolves added Big Saint and former Laker Detoxys to a roster of Bear, Feast, Jojo, and JMoney.
I was able to watch the new look T Wolves square up against the Pacers. The starting five included the 2 newcomers and looked like this: PG Bear SG JMoney SF Big Saint PF Detoxys C Feast. Jojo was sixth-man, but is capable of running both forward spots and center. The Pacers took game 1 but the T Wolves showed why they’re reigning champs in games 2 and 3. Take a look at the series here:
As you watched, the team has 2 gifted perimeter scorers in Bear and JMoney. Consistent stops on defense from Big Saint and Feast lead to easy opportunities for these two. Feast had 5 blocks in the first 7 minutes of game 2. Its no surprise the T Wolves boasted a double-digit lead at that point. Another takeaway: Big Saint is not losing his starting forward spot. Watching him reminded me of NateKahl, consistently making the right plays at the right time. With a revamped starting 5, and continuity at the guard spots, can we expect another deep T Wolves playoff run?