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NBA Future Power Rankings: Every Team’s Spot In 5 Years

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No. 1: Minnesota Timberwolves

This was the easiest spot on the list to determine. Although he tragically passed away before seeing his plan come to fruition, Flip Saunders built one hell of a young team here in Minnesota. Just two years ago, this team looked to be stuck. Kevin Love wanted out, and even with his considerable talent the Timberwolves still weren’t winning.

Since then, Saunders flipped Love to Cleveland and acquired an absolute superstar in Andrew Wiggins, then allowed young Wiggins to develop and start all last season in a losing campaign that ended up in Karl-Anthony Towns coming to Minnesota.

Those two, along with Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad, Ricky Rubio and Gorgui Dieng, make up a young core that appears to be already nearly complete. The Timberwolves will be in prime form in 2020 and it’s hard to imagine a team with Wiggins and Towns in their mid-20s that isn’t a contender.

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