The timberwolves get a 1st rounder this year with Utah locking up a playoff spot last night. I'm really excited about this because I see this as a good deep draft where they will be able to add some depth to the roster and potentially fill holes. What do you guys see them doing with the first round pick?
They could definitely use a shooting guard. Maybe Terrence Ross if he's still available.
Terrence Ross, or Austin Rivers if either are still there. Both would fit in perfectly with their offense.
As they have shown this year the Wolves are going to be contending real soon, and adding another young player just doesn't seem right. Rubio, Williams, Love, Pek, Johnson, and Randolf are are going to be in the rotation. That team could use a veteran to guide these kids, so I think it would be in their best intersts to trade the pick unless someone falls into thir lap who they couldn't pass up.
If they do keep the pick then they are getting lucky because the possibility of one of either Zeller/Leonard or Rivers/Ross might still be available, and either one of those guys would be a nice addition. If Randolf doesn't stick around then they might want to go big, but Y2G is right, Ross would be the best pick up because of his shot and length
I hope either terrence ross is there or the timberwolves should trade back and take doron lamb. Rivers is not a team player and he plays better with the ball in his hands.We just need a shooter and a scorer at the SG. Rubio should be the guy creating for the team. I thinthat if everyone stays healthy and williams can get decent at defending the SF position and improve his dribbling this team should make the playoffs
I don't know much about the Wolves but I do know you guys need a SG. Is is safe to say that Wes Johnson is a bust? I think you guys need to address that position first with the best SG availble you guys are pretty set everywhere else.
SG Terrence Ross?
SF Derrick Williams
PF Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic
We've all been arguing Ross for weeks now, so, yes, Ross. Is Walters shot good enough for him to be viable here and does he dominate the ball too much?
Would the 15-17 pick and Derrick Williams be enough to move up to a top 5-7 pick? If so, I would make every attempt to do that and take either Brad Beal or Harrison Barnes. If not, I would take Terrance Ross, and if he isnt there, try to trade down and target Jeffery Taylor, Doron Lamb, Buford, and Middleton.
They need a shooter. Lamb would be the best fit. Great shooter, underrated defender, and even ran the point a little. Lamb can simply score.
They need a shooting guard that is a pure shooter,draft someone like Ross,or maybe go after Eric Gordon or Mayo..They would thrive playing next to Rubio ...And they could use some athleticism at the center position..But most of all they need some veteran leadership...
Houston have 5 picks in the draft, and they already have 1 of the deepest benches,so maybe they're looking to unloaded some picks...TWolves should look into aquiring 1 of those 2nd round picks...
The Rockets will have only two picks in this years draft. The Maverick will keep their pick. The T'Blazers will get one of the two 2nd round picks & the Pistons will get the other one.
i think those first 2 comments were right on. jeffrey taylor might be a reach but the dude is a beast. some are sleeping on him:
versatile SG & SF, top 5 defender in college, good athleticism size 6'7, nice handles, good shooting (some off the dribble), hard worker, hi IQ --> good passer
The wolves don't need to hit a homerun in this draft, they showed they could be competitive with all of their players healthy. Trading might be a good option. But drafting Waiters or Ross I think would be a win for them, both could step in and help right away. I've heard Tyreke Evans is on the block right now too, and that could work out great. The wolves don't have a slashing midrange scorer right now and Evans could fit that role perfectly along with the development of Williams and AR. Leaving the space under the rim to Pek and the 3p line to guys like Love/Beasley/Ridnour, all of which shoot great percentages from out there. Rubio could have a field day/month/year/career dishing the ball if they add any more quality players...
I would like to see Minnesota get some veterans. A very young team, but as it's been said they need a SG. Maybe they could package Beasley and a 1st rounder for a SG? Ross, and Waiters are good picks, but they'll need time to develop and mature.
Minny has the salary cap space next year, approx. 12m by my estimation to get a SG, and even take on an expiring contract if they need too.
drafting Rivers wouldnt really be in their best interest, considering he thrives with the ball in his hands and I would think the the Twolves want the Rubio to handle as much as possible.
i could be wrong but i say go after the best available and do all possible to sign E.Go in free agency.
Khan has and can continue build a potential monster.
I think they will decide on the draft day to pick a sg and surely move beasley (maybe even baréa, johnson)... or they will trade both darft pick and beasley (and/or baréa, johnson) for a more experienced sg.
I'd pick ross or wroten and give the strating job to derrick williams. Wroten could be this year iman shumpert
Come on now it's the Wolves, let's be real. They will only draft point guards.
like the other guy said. id give derrick or beas + 1st rounder to move up and get barnes,beal or mkg. i hope next season wesley johnson is back to the bench, hes one of the worst starters
Just so everyone knows we cant trade Beasley because he has an expiring contract and we are not expected to resign him.
I like most of you think the most pressing need they have is SG, but that 15-17 range is either too low for some of the elite ones in this draft or too high for some other riskier picks. I really think it might be an option to try to trade for a veteran player. If they were to attempt to package the pick and a player for an established shooting guard who do you think would be a realistic target for them?
They should look into a SG or SF. Is B-easy leaves then SF gets a bit more priority.
I don't watch many T-Wolves games so can someone fill me in on Derrick Williams progression?
I think they should get ross/waiters/lamb and then go out and get mayo or gordon.
Williams has had some really decent games this year, but recently his shot has really not been falling and his PT has diminished as a result with Adelman opting for Randolph (who has been playing awesome, showing some real mid-range ability) and Beasley instead. Right now I think he's running into the problem of not really knowing what position he's playing, between SF and PF.
If he's guarded by a PF he can shake them off with ease with a couple of jabs and dribbles, and creates space for a shot sooo easily. But too often he attacks the rim when they back off and they get a block on him because he hasn't quite developed the ability to shield the defender from the ball effectively (he can easily work on that in the offseason though). Also if a SF is guarding him too often instead of backing them down or forcing his way to the rim, he settles for a long jumper (which he can hit, but he can easily power through a lot of the SF's in the league). It has been very frustrating to watch recently.
All in all though, I still have a lot of faith in him and am really really excited for his prospects with the wolves next year and down the road. A goal for him this summer should be to do exactly what Love did last summer, slim down, tighten up his handle and really work on his quickness with and without the ball (along with shielding defenders from the ball at the rim). He has all the other tools he needs. Only difference between Love and Williams is I think Williams could really develop into the type of go-to player people have always doubted Love to be capable of being. Which only bodes well for the Wolves going forward.
Williams just doesnt seem to have a smoothness in his perimeter game, which is troubling to me. He doesnt handle the ball well, his outside shot is good for a pick and pop big man, but as a SF its not good. He just seems like a player who is going to have to be an undersized 4 man in the league. When he played well last year, it was when he was playing the PF spot.
And Its not like he cant get playing time there becasue Love is there, the Wolves go small plenty and put Love at the C. For the love of God, our starting C was Darko Milicic for long stretches this year, which means Love was playing Center alot.
The t-wolves are a tough team to try and follow cuz they are never ever on TV. River09, one of your last sentences was odd:
"Only difference between Love and Williams is I think Williams could really develop into the type of go-to player people have always doubted Love to be capable of being."
I would say Love as proven to be capable of being a go-to player, but I was wondering if what you meant was that D-Will looks to have the ability to break a man down from the outside at the end of games? Idk I was confused.
What I was trying to say was that people have always doubted Love's ability to be a go-to guy.. Whereas I believe Williams could be the guy that really could be that guy for a team down the stretch.. Especially considering his ability to shake off defenders in one-on-one situations..
While he doesn't have a real smoothness to his outside game, I don't see it outside the realm of possibility of him developing that skill... Being unsure of his role/position this year probably didn't help..