Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert, and Karl-Anthony Towns are each taking charge and leading in their own distinct ways for the Wolves.

The current rendition of the team in the 2023-24 season is not defined by the legacies of Pooh Richardson, Christian Laettner, or even Kevin Garnett. The Western Conference-leading squad, boasting the league’s second-best record at 29-11, is a departure from the turbulent and often embarrassing history associated with the franchise.

Their rare appearance on Thursday night against Memphis as part of the TNT doubleheader is a testament to their new and self-built identity. At the midpoint of the season, they showcase the league’s top defense, allowing 108.6 points per 100 possessions, and an offense that, while currently ranked 19th, is steadily improving. Under the guidance of coach Chris Finch, the Minnesota team is on track to surpass its single-season victory record of 58, set back in 2003-04.

The roster features three legitimate All-Star candidates in Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert, and Karl-Anthony Towns, with Edwards even entering discussions for Most Valuable Player. Gobert, on the other hand, is considered a strong contender for Defensive Player of the Year. Together with their teammates, they have reinvigorated Target Center to a level not consistently seen for several decades, with few exceptions.

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