The Minnesota Timberwolves made it to the Western Conference Finals this year with their modern “Two Tower” roster, defeating the defending champion Denver Nuggets and their powerful team in seven games to reach the Western Conference Finals. It was the Wolves' best season since Kevin Garnett's heyday.

Minnesota benefited from the defensive strength of Rudy Gobert, who won Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time, as well as Karl-Anthony Towns' dynamic offense and new defensive approach. The Wolves finished first in the NBA in defensive rating during the regular season, allowing just 108.4 points per game, two full points more per game on defense than the eventual champion Boston Celtics.

Until the Timberwolves met the Dallas Mavericks' outstanding guards Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving the hard way, it looked like Minnesota's single-minded determination to make it big while everyone else in the NBA remained single-minded would catapult them into the uncharted territory of the NBA Finals.

It seems like decades ago that the Golden State Warriors changed the NBA landscape by going small and relying on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson's big shots, Andre Iguodala's versatility and Draymond Green's unflappable defense. However, the Warriors last won it all in 2021-22. Now Klay Thompson is gone to Dallas, Iguodala has retired and Draymond is better known as a boxer and podcaster, that leaves Curry with no choice but to try to revitalize a completely different roster.

When Tim Connelly made the Rudy Gobert trade, the NBA world was outraged because it was still stuck in the small-ball philosophy. Some even called it the worst trade they could remember. They barely thought about Chris Finch's experience with the New Orleans Pelicans, working with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins ​​on a team that was at times brilliant.

Now the dust has settled on the trade and the critics are looking like idiots, because the Wolves have a solid place in the top tier of the Western Conference and can build on their playoff success. Now other NBA teams are starting to emulate Minnesota's winning formula.

Dallas reached the Western Conference finals with 7'5″ Dereck Lively II and 6'1″ Daniel Gafford. Western Conference rival Oklahoma City already boasted slender 7'5″ Chet Holmgren and signed another 7'4″ player in the offseason, Isaiah Hartenstein.

The Houston Rockets signed New Zealander Steven Adams to play alongside rising star Alperen Sengun. The Memphis Grizzlies signed 7'4″ Zach Edey to play alongside former DPOY Jaren Jackson. The Utah Jazz have Lauri Markkanen, who often plays alongside Walker Kessler. They even signed 6'4″ Kyle Filipowski to add another big player to the team. Even the weaker Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly following suit, signing Donovan Clingan to play alongside the unpredictable Deandre Ayton. That's 7 of the 15 Western Conference teams that now have or can play two big players.

It's not like this hasn't been done before, as some would argue that the Houston Rockets with Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson were the original “Twin Towers” team. David Robinson and Tim Duncan were very successful with the San Antonio Spurs. By trading Rudy Gobert and moving Towns to the 4, Tim Connelly established the modern version of the Twin Towers and caused a radical change in the makeup of current NBA rosters. Whether this plan will take the Timberwolves to the NBA Finals is still to be determined, but one thing is clear: teams across the league have started to take notice.

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