Just don't tell that to Minnesota.
The Timberwolves limped through 2012-13 more than any team in the NBA. The franchise that hadn't made the postseason since trading Kevin Garnett to Boston in the summer of 2007 went into the year with a talented young core of Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic.
The trio played just two games -- and 13 minutes -- together a season ago.
Rubio missed the early stages of the year while rehabbing from a torn ACL, which he suffered midway through his rookie campaign in 2011-12. Love was in and out of the lineup battling through a twice-broken hand and played just 18 games, while Pekovic missed time with a thigh injury.
"We all know what happened last year," said Love, who has a career record of 113-281 since getting picked fifth overall in 2008, on media day. "We just want to move forward and take care of the unfinished business."
Injuries aside, Minnesota had trouble shooting and defending 3-pointers last season. The Wolves ranked dead last in the NBA, hitting just 30.5 percent from behind the arc, while opponents knocked down threes at a 36.9 percent clip.
Two key offseason acquisitions, Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer, will help address those issues. Martin is a notorious marksman who has made a career of knocking down shots. The 30-year old out of Western Carolina made 42.6 percent of his outside shots a season ago while playing with OKC, good for 10th best in the league and fourth among players who made at least two triples a game.
Brewer, a respectable shooter in his own right, brings good size and athleticism to the small forward spot. His ability to defend perimeter players will help make up for the loss of last year's best defender Andrei Kirilenko, who signed with Brooklyn this offseason.
Minnesota also needs the 2011 No. 2 pick Derrick Williams to make strides from last season. Unsure whether he should play the role of stretch four or big, physical three, Williams has been wildly inconsistent in two seasons in the league.
But at the end of the day, the Wolves will go as far as Rubio's brilliant passes, Love's inside-outside dominance and Pekovic's assertiveness on the block will take them.
"Right now, talking to Rick (Adelman), we feel comfortable with the roster we have," President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders told the Star Tribune. "Not only is it balanced, but we feel we have talent at every position."
Expectations are high in Minnesota for the first since Garnett's departure. Now they have to capitalize.
2012-13 Results: 31-51, 5th in Northwest, Missed playoffs.
ADDITIONS: G Lorenzo Brown, G Kevin Martin, G/F Shabazz Muhammad, F Corey Brewer, F/C Gorgui Dieng, C Ronny Turiaf
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE:
PG- Ricky Rubio SG- Kevin Martin SF- Corey Brewer PF- Kevin Love C- Nikola Pekovic
KEY RESERVES: G J.J. Barea, G Alexey Shved, G/F Chase Budinger, G/F Shabazz Muhammad, F Derrick Williams, F Dante Cunningham, C Ronny Turiaf
FRONTCOURT: The strength of this team, both literal and figurative, lies on the mammoth-sized shoulders of its starting frontcourt. Love has been a double-double machine since joining the league, posting averages of 17.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per contest in five seasons.
Pekovic, a 27-year old Yugoslavian native, was an early second-round pick of the Wolves in 2008 before debuting with minimal results in 2010-11. Pekovic emerged last season as one of the league's most powerful interior scorers who routinely causes defenders fits. If his talent ever meets his physical attributes, the rest of the league should be on alert.