Universally known as a great “locker room guy,” Howard’s importance to Minnesota grew exponentially following Garnett’s arrival in Boston. With nine players on the Timberwolves roster born in or after 1982, Howard–who has been in the NBA since 1994–could serve as an invaluable mentor to the Wolf Cubs on life in the NBA, being a professional and how to deal with adversity.
Paul Pierce made it possible for Jefferson to get a little breathing room in the paint in Boston, but he might not have that luxury with the Timberwolves. Teams are going to collapse on him in the post, but that’s only going to make him better down the road. For now, though, he’s in for more losing.
If you’re looking to see some of the NBA’s top young talent, look no further than the Northwest Division.
There, you’ll find Deron Williams of Utah, Kevin Durant and Jeff
Green of Seattle, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland,
Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, and Al Jefferson in Minnesota.