Unlike most NBA teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves had a non-shooting forward in their starting lineup in 2021-22. That’s because, also unlike most teams, they started one of the best shooting centers in the history of the sport.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ floor-spacing allows the Wolves some unique options alongside him. Meanwhile, his defensive deficiencies require them to prioritize point prevention in his frontcourt running mate.
All of which made for a perfect storm for Jarred Vanderbilt to start for them last season. He did a solid job: his rugged and versatile brand of defense was integral to this team’s success.
Still, wouldn’t it be better to have a 4 who can shoot and defend?
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Kyle Kuzma fits the bill. He’s not an elite floor-spacer or defender, but he is solid in both categories.
Here are two trade ideas that get him from the Washington Wizards to the Minnesota Timberwolves.