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« Reply #30 on: December 25, 2007, 07:46:15 pm »
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Righto!

So; we're 11/12 games into the young season so it's a nice time to evaluate a bit.

Hibbert is dissapointing. He's averaging 12/7. Sure, his team is winning, but I hoped he would dominate. I think he may drop to around 10 in the draft, especially when Kosta Koufos (a freshman, similar physical skills) is playing even better at 15/6. BUUUUT, do we make the same mistake Toronto made when choosing Bargnani over Aldridge? Do we want that softer euro talent over a guy who would be the perfect compliment next to Big Al? Jefferson/Hibbert may be too tempting.

Rose...I don't know. He's averaging 16/5/4 which is decent, altough not superb. BUT his team hasn't lose yet, so it means something!

OJ Mayo and Beasley are both putting up very good numbers and their teams are doing pretty fine. Mayo has way too many turnovers. 4 per game?! Beasley will be a great SF/PF in the NBA.

Kevin Love is playing damn well too. 16/10, but we have to remember he has Darren Collison passing him the ball, and it's UCLA so they have a deep team on which he doesn't get as many minutes as he would elsewhere (averaging slightly less than 30, I believe).

I'm still very high on Tyler Hansbrough. North Carolina is 11-0 with him averaging nearly 22 and 10! Altough besides those two things and hard work, he doesn't bring too much to the table. Still, worth notice.

So my draft choices for the T-Wolves are...

1. Derrick Rose (Rose/Foye backcourt)
2. Michael Beasley (sorry Corey)
3. Kevin Love (would play well with Big Al)
4. OJ Mayo (Can we risk him?)
5. Tyler Hansbrough
6. Roy Hibbert (above Kosta because he would work better with Big Al)
7. Kosta Koufos (euro-style talent, too soft for the C?)
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« Reply #31 on: December 25, 2007, 09:59:25 pm »
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Michael Beasley -  a scoring and rebounding machine

Derrick Rose - The best PG available

DeAndre Jordon - could become a superstar Center

Hasheem Thabeet (though I worry about a big man being destroyed by McHale) defensive specialist with a little offensive ability right now.

Hibbert - I expected him to do more... hopefully Miami starts picking it up, and we can get him with the 15th pick instead of thinking of him with a top 5 pick.

Mayo - I still think he could be an Allen Iverson kind of ball player, but I'm seeing more and more comparisons to Marbury, and that can't be good for anything.  He's still a lottery pick, but probably not the top 3 currently.

I like Collison as a PG as well, ahead of a lot of the guys ahead of him, but I wouldn't take him unless we get that 15th pick

Kevin Love I like Love, I don't think he's going to be around at the 15th pick, and he's not good enough to go top 5
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« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2007, 10:17:52 am »
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I was thinking about the state of the Wolves and the upcoming draft and something came to mind... The New York Knicks.

They are living proof that lack of a team concept and defense will get you nowhere but back to the lottery.  These are very important issues that the Wolves need to pay attention to when continuing to build for the future.  Brewer is a great start here.

Another thing came to mind... bigs.  When the Wolves actually get good, they'll be facing some potenitally stiff competition: Oden, Alderidge, Howard, Bynum, Yao, and Boozer are all bigs that will likely be dominating the league for years to come.  The Wolves have to find a way to compete with that.  They already have Big Al but I think they need a reliable center that can defend and board with the best of them.

Lastly, the Wolves need consistant scoring options.  They have Big Al and (presumably) Foye, but they need one other consistant option.

That said, here is my current Timberwolves draft board:
(not who I think we should pick at the following numbers, just who I like better in the Minny uniform)

1) Michael Beasley - his defense is suspect but his incredible offense would free up Big Al and give the Wolves a nice 1-2-3 scoring punch. He can play sf and pf.

Projected line-up: TBD, Jefferson, Beasley, Brewer/Mccants, Foye

2) Donte Greene - All around type player.  Offense not as versitile as Beasley but he has a great jumper and is a very nice defender.  He can play sf and pf.  Depending on how the rest of the season goes, he may be a safer pick than Beasley.

Projected line-up: TBD, Jefferson, Greene, Brewer/Mccants, Foye

3) OJ Mayo - I think he's a better pick for the Wolves than Rose.  I think Foye and Mayo could both handle the point together.  I'm really impressed with his ability to defend and I think his offense will shine in the right system (which I do not think he is in at USC).

Projected line-up: TBD, Jefferson, Brewer, Mayo, Foye

4) Roy Hibbert - Put him next to Big Al and we've got a nice tandem of bigs.  He would improve the defense of the Wolves.

Projected line-up: Hibbert, Jefferson, Brewer, Mccants, Foye

5) Derrick Rose - He could be a nice PG but he NEEDS a better jumper.  He's really really fast which sometimes can be bad at the pro level if you can't control yourself.  I'm fine with sticking it out with Telfair and Foye in the future, taking Rose throws a monkey wrench into the all the development those two have gone and are goiong through.

Projected line-up: TBD, Jefferson, Brewer, Foye, Rose


Other notables... if they miss out on the Miami pick the Wolves should consider getting a second pick in the first round.

Pekovic, Thabeet and Hardin top the list of many bigs that should be available in the later parts of the first first round.  (That would take care of that that pesky TBD)
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« Reply #33 on: December 27, 2007, 10:45:50 am »
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I was also hoping Miami somehow make the playoffs and we'll be able to choose Thabeet with #15, but I doubt they will. They lose game after game.
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« Reply #34 on: December 27, 2007, 11:14:09 am »
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I know!  I think Thabeet could really shore up our defense.  Some are calling him a more athletic Mutumbo.  Take a look at Pekovic though, he seems like he would be a nice fit too.
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« Reply #35 on: December 31, 2007, 08:31:49 pm »
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Thabeet has a love of blocking shots.  I think he enjoys it more than anything... he's a solid rebounder, and with a Pete Newell Big Man camp and not a Wolves bigman university I think Thabeet could be a double double, and occasional triple double kind of ball player.


10 points, ten boards, 10 blocks.

Collison would be a great pick up as well at the 15 if we take Beasley, and Foye doesn't come back to what we want, and we are afraid of losing Telfair.

But the idea of a front court of Thabeet, Jefferson, and Beasley is just a dream provided we have a coach and a GM that don't screw it up.
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