6. Timberwolves (finally) make it back to the playoffs
7. Tom Thibodeau wins Coach of the Year
8. Karl-Anthony Towns starts in the All-Star Game
On the way to leading his Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004, Towns will easily become the best two-way power forward/center in the NBA. Towns has already shown his supernatural futuristic ability as a big in this league and will only add onto his resume next year as he joins MVP conversations.
9. Zach LaVine wins Most Improved Player of the Year
All the talk surrounding the Timberwolves is either about KAT becoming the next face of the NBA, Kris Dunn taking Rubio’s spot, Rubio trade rumors, or Wiggins taking a step to the All-Star level. Almost nobody is talking about the two time dunk champion, Zach LaVine. Maybe it’s because that’s all he is many writer’s eyes. But in my opinion, LaVine holds as much, or possibly more potential than Andrew Wiggins does in this league.
LaVine stapled himself as an elite level shooter last season. I wrote about him morphing from dunk champion to an overly athletic freak show that can absolutely stroke it from downtown. After the All-Star break last season, LaVine’s shooting percentage ranked 4th in the NBA from long distance.
10. James Harden wins Most Valuable Player
Last season, Harden joined Oscar Robertson as the only player in the history of the NBA to average more than 25 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds. He was so unbelievably good on offense that it made the Rockets new coach, Mike D’Antoni, switch Harden to run the point.
I said multiple times last year that Harden was a top three offensive player in the NBA, and now he is driving the car — a Ferrari in this case.