The results are in. The Minnesota Timberwolves will have pick No. 6 giving the Timberwolves horrible chances to get Ricky Rubio and Hasheem Thabeet. Looks like Brandon Jennings is coming to Minnesota.
Unfortunately the Timberwolves did not fare well in their record with 24-58. Despite all the injuries and obstacles the Timberwolves have faced, they finish with two more wins than last season.
The Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves have tied records at 24-58. This means that they both were placed fifth in the lottery for the first pick. This means they have a 7.5 percent chance of getting the number one pick.
The NBA held a tiebreaker by drawing the teams name out a hat, and Minnesota won, resulting in a 7.6 percent chance, and Memphis having a 7.5 percent chance.
Despite having the No. 6 pick, the Timberwolves have more than one option, as they have the 18th and 28th pick.
What These Players Can Bring To Minnesota
Brandon Jennings (PG): Has great speed. He can create offense for himself and everybody else. Good vision and passing abilities. Can push the ball up the floor very well. He is a competitor, a fighter, and has good leaping ability. A PG benefits Minnesota very well.
Hasheem Thabeet (C): The combo of Al Jefferson, and Kevin Love already has the enormous potential to be a 30 point, 20 rebound, 4 assists, 3 block duo. However these two on the court at the same time spells defense like this (dfsenee).
Putting Hasheem Thabeet, who is a true center with Al Jefferson and Kevin Love would be a dangerous trio for any team.
Imagine a 35 point, 28 rebound, 5 assists, 6 block trio. All three can play Center, but Kevin Love and Al Jefferson would dominate in the post at PF, and Kevin Love is there as a backup when Thabeet is off the court. This is probably the best option for Minnesota
Ricky Rubio (PG): Assuming Minnesota drafts Thabeet, most likely Randy Foye might convert back to PG, but if they draft Ricky Rubio, expect Randy Foye to continue to shoot the three pointer. Ricky Rubio brings a proffesional young PG with a Steve Nash basketball IQ, which is something that the Timberwolves have lacked for years.
He would have many many tools to work with in guys like Jefferson, Love, Foye, Gomes, Carney, Smith and Telfair. Sebastian Telfair coming off the bench would be great, as we would have a PG who knows the system coming off as Rubio's backup. Ricky Rubio is smart for any team, but he would blossom in Minnesota.
James Harden (SG): Although James Harden is not the typical die hard fan pick, he can bring a lot to the table for the Minnesota Timberwolves. If the Timberwolves were to draft him, expect Foye to run the point, or Harden would definitely come off the bench as Foye's backup.
He's a left hander, which is valuable to any shooter in the NBA. He's also a solid defender, so he could play the role as perimeter defender as well. Most likely Harden would be involved in a trade, due to the depths of SG's and SF's. If he can contribute to a great trade, then I say bring it.
Jordan Hill (PF): Another PF? Why not. The Timberwolves have a lot of picks, so we can spare this one. However this guy is a steal anywhere from pick 5-10. Talk about potential. He could bring more depth in the big men for Minnesota.
This would most likely keep Jefferson at the five, while rotating with Love. They are all the same height, so if Hill can bring to the table what Kevin Love brought, I say lets do it. But if we can get a veteran C for him, lets go that direction too.
Late First Round
Ty Lawson (PG): If we get Thabeet, I would love to also draft Lawson. He can run a team at a fast pace which is what the Timberwolves did when Jefferson went down. He and Sebastian Telfair would compete for minutes, but most likely Telfair would remain at PG.
Ty Lawson can bring some more accuracy from the charity stripe, and the perimeter. We're also confident that Ty Lawson can no doubt run a team at a fast pace, so lets get him if we can. Depending on who we draft first, Ty Lawson can go towards a trade.
BJ Mullens (C): If we draft Ricky Rubio, this is our next chance to get a legitimate big man. Being 7'0'' speaks for itself, but he can bring a more in depth big man rotation to Jefferson and Love. He has a lot of potential, but if working with Kevin McHale, he can be great. Depending on who we draft first, Mullens can go towards a trade.
Eric Maynor (PG): If we draft Thabeet, Eric Maynor can become that go to PG that can backup for Telfair. Telfair is developing, and from my standpoint, I do not think that Eric Maynor can start right away.
The depth at the PG is not huge for the Timberwolves, but if Foye stays at SG, Maynor will be an excellent backup for Telfair. But after a few years, Maynor can develop to a great PG like Sam Cassell.
One thing great about him is that he spent four years in college, so he has a better understanding of the game that most players in the draft. He's also too turnover prone. If Rubio is drafted, Maynor can go towards a trade.
Jeff Teague (PG/SG): Jeff Teague brings another combo guard to the organization, but we have a lot of combo guards in guys like Foye, Brewer, Carney, and Mike Miller. This guy can go to a trade, but if the Timberwolves decide to get him he could be a factor off the bench.
He has terrific athleticism and a deep range shot. If he can develop his point guard skills, he's a steal late in the draft. He also has questionable intangibles. If we draft Rubio, he can go towards a trade.
Wayne Ellington (SG): Talk about a smooth shooter. Wayne Ellington name sounds good, just like his shot when it swishes through the net. He could help the Timberwolves by providing more depth at the three point line. Foye and Gomes hold that title on the Timberwolves, but if we can get a guy like J.R Smith coming off the bench shooting threes, then I'm a happy camper.
One thing he has to work on is his finish at the rim. Wayne most likely would not see that many minutes unless Carney is gone, and Brewer is still injury prone. He also has to get better on the perimeter. Wayne certainly isn't lame, but he can go towards a trade.
Marcus Thornton (SG): Another SG, but what Marcus can bring to the Timberwolves is unique. He can bring stop and pop shooting, as well as offensive rebounds. Once again though, the SG position is pretty much filled, and Thornton can go towards a trade.
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