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Rudy Gobert has extremely high expectations after joining the Minnesota Timberwolves that might not be realistic

If Gobert wants to win a title with the Timberwolves, he's going to have to step up in a big way, otherwise the package that Minnesota ended up giving up for him will be criticized even more than it has already been
Rudy Gobert on joining the Minnesota Timberwolves

Rudy Gobert

The Minnesota Timberwolves swung arguably the biggest move of the offseason when they acquired Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz for an assortment of draft picks and players. Many were confused as to why the Timberwolves gave up so much for Gobert, but either way, they look poised to be much improved from last season and could end up making some noise in the Western Conference this season.

Gobert outlines his expectations for his first season with the Timberwolves

For Gobert, this season will be quite a change in scenery for him. He spent the first nine seasons of his career with Jazz, and over the past few seasons, the story has been the same for the Jazz. Utah hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs in the last six seasons, despite qualifying for the postseason in each of those seasons.

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For Gobert, the feeling of making it to the playoffs before losing in disappointing fashion has taken its toll on him, and he’s sick of it. Entering his first season with Minnesota, Gobert made it clear that he has championship expectations, as he is sick of having a good season before flaming out in the playoffs. If you are a Timberwolves fan, this is certainly what you want to hear from your team’s new star player.

Gobert could be the key to success for the Timberwolves this season

The Timberwolves already had a fairly strong core without Gobert, and they have only gotten stronger with his addition. Gobert’s anchoring presence on both ends of the court will give Karl-Anthony Towns more freedom to do what he pleases on offense and solidify their teamwide defensive strategy. Throw in talented young players in Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels and a solid point guard in D’Angelo Russell, and you have the makings of a strong team.

But for this team to take the next step forward, they will need Gobert to produce. Gobert has been an elite two-way player for years, and his defensive capabilities are what Minnesota hopes will lead them forward. The Timberwolves were a strong offensive team last season, but their defense sorely needed improving this offseason, so they went out and got arguably the best defender in the league.

If Gobert can produce, chances are the Timberwolves will be one of the top teams in the Western Conference. But if he struggles, this deal will immediately begin to get criticized considering how much Minnesota gave up to land Gobert. The good news is that Gobert is intent on making a championship run, and if he holds up his end of the bargain, the Timberwolves could be well on their way to shocking the rest of the league.

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