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TWolves Blog 2010 NBA Draft Big Board

 

As you all may or may not know, the NBA Draft is a week from today, next Thursday the 24th.  As of right now, the T-Wolves have three first round picks (#4, #16, and #23.)  What’s going to happen?  Who should we draft?  Who do you want us to draft?  Should we trade any of the picks?  Try to move up from #4?  Move down from #4?  Try and trade our crappy players for even MORE picks? (Bwahahaha!)  The possibilities are nearly endless.

We don’t know what’s going to happen, and I’m not sure that even Kahn yet knows what he’s going to do.  Who knows what opportunity could present itself for this team between now and the end of the draft.  Could the golden ticket that will turn this woebegone franchise around be out there lying in wait?

This appears to be a pretty deep draft overall, although moreso in terms of overall talent; rather than a large amount of top-end talent.  It’s pretty obvious that the best players are clearly Wall, Turner, Favors, and probably Cousins (depending on how you feel about his attitude “issues”.)  But beyond them, there are two dozen or so players that have a legit shot to be good players in the NBA.

Without further ado, here is your T-Wolves Blog 2010 NBA Draft Minnesota Timberwolves “Big Board”…

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To reach the consensus for the T-Wolves Top 30 ranked players below, we averaged the rankings of mock big boards from each of the TWolves Blog Staff members, as well as TWB forum members “Pants” and “Bonk.”  Thusly, all six of us had John Wall and Evan Turner ranked #1 and #2 overall for the Wolves, respectively. Cousins was ranked #3 by three of us, and #4 by the other three, hence his 3.50 average.

This “Big Board” is a ranking of the Top 30 players for the Wolves.  It is NOT a mock of the first round of the NBA draft.  No other teams except the T-Wolves are being taken into consideration for this list.  Keep that in mind if you could.

 

Pick

Avg
P
ick

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

School Comments
1.

1

John Wall

PG

6’4″

196

Kentucky

The next Derrick Rose… or perhaps even better?  All we know is he’s clearly the bonafide #1 overall in the draft.

Strengths: Speed, Size, Athleticism, Leadership, Court Vision, Everything else

Weaknesses: Shooting, Range

2.

2

Evan Turner

SG/SF

6’7″

214

Ohio State

Wolves ‘SG of the Future’ in a perfect world.  We just gotta figure out a way to land him.  The most ideal fit for the Wolves of any player in this draft.

Strengths: All around skill level, Basketball IQ, Rebounding, Fit in the Triangle offense, Playmaking ability

Weaknesses: 3-point shooting, Athleticism

3.

3.50

DeMarcus Cousins

C

6’10″

292

Kentucky
Fat?  Crabby?  Bad attitude? But his fire could bring some fucking balls to the Wolves roster.  When do centers this skilled get picked out of the top 3?

Strengths: Skill level, Size, Scoring Instincts, Potential

Weaknesses: Attitude, Motivation, Intangibles, Redundancy with Al Jefferson

4.

3.66

Derrick Favors

PF/C

6’10″

245

Georgia Tech
Poor guard play or not, why didn’t I see you make one play when I watched GTech games?  That said, the consensus 2nd best pro prospect didn’t become a bad player in 1 year since dominating the best of the best.  Would look good dunking half court lobs from Rubio…

Strengths: Potential, Athleticism, Defense, Physique, Age, Unselfishness

Weaknesses: Raw, Skill level, Offensive ability

5.

5

Wesley Johnson

SF

6’7″

206

Syracuse
We like him, just not as best new player we add this offseason.  If I was the Jazz or a playoff contender, I’d be doing everything I could to get him.  He can make shots, finish at the rim and has an ideal body.  Solid resume for a top 5 pick.  Due to his age, appears to have limited potential upside.

Strengths: Versatility, Athleticism, 3-point shooting, Efficiency

Weaknesses: Ball-handling, Ability to create own shot, Age

6.

7.16

Hassan WhiteUPside

C

6’11″

227

Marshall
His game fits, but does his attitude?  Could be a less talented Cousins, but with all the character issues as well.

Strengths: UPside, Shot blocking ability, Defense, Range, Size/Measurements

Weaknesses: Underdeveloped frame, Maturity, Basketball IQ, Offensive skill level

7.

9

Greg Monroe

PF/C

6’11″

247

Georgetown
We’ve got an unexplainable “good feeling” about him, but doesn’t really fit the Wolves.  Still, he’s too talented to drop much further.

Strengths: Skill level, Hands, Passing, Court Vision, Instincts

Weaknesses: Ability w/ right hand, Toughness, Range, Explosiveness

8.

9.50

Xavier Henry

SG

6’6″

210

Kansas


Sweet name.  Legit size.  Nice stroke.  Tons of upside.

Strengths: Polish, Efficiency, Basketball IQ, 3-point shooting

Weaknesses: Versatility, Explosiveness, Ability to create own shot

9.

11

Paul George

SF

6’8″

214

Fresno State


Great height and length. Great athleticism.  No longer a sleeper pick?  Is apparently flying up everyone’s mock draft boards.

Strengths: Range, Athleticism, Shot release, Size, Defense

Weaknesses: Ability to create own shot, Shot selection, Ball handling

10.

11.16

Al-Farouq Aminu

SF

6’8″

216

Wake Forest
Dropped this many spots simply due to his interviews/general deer-in-headlights, butthole persona.  You know you want to take him (Clippers.)

Strengths: Athleticism, Quickness, Versatility, Defense, Potential

Weaknesses: 3-point range, Shooting ability, Offensive skill level

11.

12.33

Cole Aldrich

C

6’11″

236

Kansas


Potentially solid defensive role-player, with a great attitude.  Would not reach for him, but at #16 is ok.

Strengths: Defensive Presence, Shot blocking ability, Toughness, Efficiency

Weaknesses: Offensive ability, Limited potential, Shooting mechanics

12.

12.50

Ekpe Udoh

PF/C

6’9″

237

Baylor
Don’t like his age, but love the shot blocking, defense, and positive attitude.  Too bad he’s not a few inches taller.

Strengths: Shot blocking ability, Versatility, Mid-range shot, Ability to create shot

Weaknesses: Age, Explosiveness, Defensive Rebounding

13.

12.83

James Anderson

SG/SF

6’5″

208

Oklahoma State
Legit point-scoring swingman with good height, athleticism, and shot. Efficient scorer.  To the Wolves detriment, they passed on Granger and Howard as “All-around players with limited upside.”  Mr. Anderson could be their chance to make up for that.  His normal sounding name slightly hurts his stock.

Strengths: Scoring ability, Shooting mechanics, Ability to get to the FT line, Efficiency

Weaknesses: Defense, Quickness

14.

14

Patrick Patterson

PF

6’9″

240

Kentucky


NBA scouts told an interior player who NEVER attempted long jumpers he needed to be 3-pt threat.  In one offseason he did it.  Impressive. Solid interview here, as well.

Strengths: Offensive versatility/execution, Intangibles, NBA ready, Efficiency

Weaknesses, Undersized at PF, Defense, Potential

15.

15.33

Ed Davis

PF

6’9″

227

North Carolina
Solid defensive specialist. Questionable arrogant attitude though.  Unfortunately for him, his name makes him sound less athletic than he probably is.

Strengths: Potential, Defense, Frame/Measurements

Weaknesses: Offensive skill level, Ball handling ability, Raw

16.

15.50

Luke Babbitt

SF

6’8″

218

Nevada


Appears far more athletic, white, than advertised.

Strengths: Ability to create own shot, Craftiness, Basketball IQ, Skill level

Weaknesses: Quickness, Athleticism, Limited defensively

17.

16.66

Jordan Crawford

SG

6’4″

198

Xavier
Big hops, big gamer, and NBA 3-pt range.  Since when isn’t that a lottery pick?  There is no way this guy isn’t one day at least a double digit scorer in the NBA.

Strengths: Scoring ability, Aggressiveness, Quick first step, Body control

Weaknesses: Size, Inconsistent, Ball hog mentality

18.

20

Gordan Hayward

SF

6’8″

211

Butler


Classic guy who’s tourney performance increased his draft stock far more than necessary. Don’t see him succeeding in the NBA.

Strengths: Perimeter shooting, Basketball IQ, Ball handling

Weaknesses: Typical white guy, Athleticism, Quickness, Defense

19.

20.50

Avery Bradley

SG

6’3″

180

Texas
Only because everyone is doing it.

Strengths: Excellent defender, Plays/Guards multiple positions, Jumpshot

Weaknesses: Finishing ability, Playmaking ability, Offensive awareness

20.

21.50

Lance Stephenson

SG

6’6″

227

Cincinnati


Huge upside pick.  Absolute high school phenom who could be a stud if he gets his head on straight.  Seems like he and Crawford aren’t getting any love from most pundits.

Strengths: Size, Strength, Offensive potential

Weaknesses: Athleticism, Decision making, Selfishness, Off-court baggage

21.

22.50

Terrico White

PG/SG

6’5″

203

Mississippi


We can never have enough Shoint-Guards.

Strengths: Physique, Athleticism, Mid-range game

Weaknesses: Lack of aggressiveness, Shoint guard, PG skills

22.

23.50

Daniel Orton

C

6’9″

269

Kentucky


Who wouldn’t want a guy that averaged 3 points and 3 rebounds per game last year and might have bad knees?

Strengths: Size/NBA body, Hands, Potential

Weaknesses: Raw, Unproven, Potential knee problems

23.

23.66

Larry Sanders

PF/C

6’10″

222

VCU


Rare combination of length and athleticism and has only been playing basketball for 5 years. Could be a good late 1st round pickup.

Strengths: Speed, Athleticism, Shot blocking, Has shown rapid improvement

Weaknesses: Fundamentals, Strength, Skill level, Range

24.

23.83

Damion James

SF

6’7″

227

Texas

Essentially Ryan Gomes with athleticism. If the Spurs draft him, everybody will immediately start talking about how great of a pick it was. I agree.

Strengths: Jack-of-all-trades, Athleticism, Energy/high motor, Intangibles

Weaknesses: Tweener, Limited potential, Ball handling

25.

25

Kevin Seraphin

PF/C

N/A

N/A

France

The one projected 1st round Euro prospect that hasn’t pulled out of the draft yet. I can’t say I know a whole lot about him. It might be worthwhile to draft him and stash him overseas for a few years.

Strengths: Physique, Defensive presence, Potential

Weaknesses: Raw, Inexperienced

26.

25.16

Eric Bledsoe

PG/SG

6’1″

192

Kentucky

Wasn’t able to show off his full range of skills playing with John Wall, but didn’t look good during the chances he got to play PG. I think he’ll be a more versatile Eddie House.

Strengths: Athleticism, Quickness, Spot up shooting ability

Weaknesses: PG skills, Turnover prone, Shoint guard

27.


26

Solomon Alabi

C

7’0″

237

Florida State

The draft just wouldn’t be complete without an African 7-footer.

Strengths: Size/Measurements, Defensive potential, Athleticism/Agility considering his size

Weaknesses: Age (may be older than listed), Offensive ability, Raw, Rebounding

28.

26.83

Quincy Pondexter

SF

6’7″

215

Washington

His name is Quincy Pondexter, who wouldn’t want this guy?

Strengths: Athleticism, Work ethic, Finishing ability, Energy/High motor

Weaknesses: Range, Shot consistency, Lateral quickness

29.

27.16

Devin Ebanks

SF

6’8″

208

West Virginia

He regressed from his freshman season. Meh.

Strengths: Size/Length, Fast break ability, Rebounding

Weaknesses: Nonexistant 3-point shot, Motivation, Off-court issues

30.

28.33

Dominique Jones

SG

6’5″

215

South Florida


Had to do everything for his crappy South Florida team. An explosive scorer who plays surprisingly good defense and has been rising up the draft boards a bit lately.

Strengths: Scoring ability, Finishing ability, Ability to get to the FT line, Can play PG

Weaknesses: Range, Poor shooting mechanics, Decision making

It’s just a week until draft day, and honestly, who the heck knows what is going to happen.  I can’t say with any positive certainty that we do.  All I know is that this draft has been a l o o o n g time coming.  In an ideal world, we’d like to trade up, or somehow otherwise end up with Turner/Favors, with our top lottery pick.  We prefer Turner, but could live with Favors.  If that were to happen, anything else in this draft is gravy.  If not, and we simply take a wing like Wesley Johnson at #4 (without trading down to acquire more assets), then this team, it’s Front Office, and the future will be one huge, collective Epic. Fail.

Let’s pray for some good drafting acumen luck a week from now.

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