2009 NBA Draft: Minnesota Timberwolves

Ticket BoyContributor IJune 18, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 08:  Al Jefferson #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves  makes a shot over Hilton Armstrong #12 of the New Orleans Hornets on February 8, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Kevin McHale is gone, and the Minnesota Timberwolves can start anew, and this NBA Draft gives them a chance to do just that. The Timberwolves have many holes to fill, and luckily for us this draft gives us the right pegs to fill those holes.


This years draft offers an extensive array of guards, and a few good centers. And as fate would have it, that is exactly what the Timberwolves need.

Trade-able Commodities

Many of the players that we have on this team have a very high market value, Mike Miller being the best of which. Many championship caliber teams would love to have him on their team to help solidify their bench, and get them a few easy points. Other players that we have that are trade able, include, Mark Madsen, Bobby Brown, Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins, Kevin Ollie, Craig Smith, and Shelden Williams.

Players We Should Be Looking At

This years draft is stacked with players that are ready to make a contribution on a certain team. For the Minnesota Timberwolves there are many of these types of players.

Ricky Rubio-he would solve the point guard problem that this team is facing, as well as providing a certain calm that every good team needs.

Hasheem Thabeet- He is probably the best fit for the Timberwolves in this years draft, as he brings a defensive mindset, and giant 7'3" body to a team that is lacking in both of those. His offensive game and strength are something that he will acquire later in his career, especially if he has to go against Al Jefferson and Kevin Love everyday in practice.

Jrue Holliday- He is a good perimeter defender at the point guard position with very good speed. He would allow the Timberwolves to play the run and gun style of offense that we have desired to play for such a long time.

James Harden-A very good shooter, not the most athletic player but he can definitly get it done on the offensive end. He would allow Randy Foye to move back to the point guard position, where he will be able to guard players such as Chris Paul, and Deron Williams because of height and size advantages.

DeMar Derozen-See James Harden.

Tyreke Evens- He can run the point guard positions, and he would be able to guard the opposing teams shooting guard because of 6'5" height. This would allow Randy Foye to stay at shooting guard, where he played extremely well last January, and also be able to shut down the other teams point guard.

Eric Maynor-If they draft him, they get the perfect match for this team, someone that can distribute the ball, while also being able to score himself. What this young man brings with him is a certain veteran savvy that you don't see in a rookie. He kind of reminds me of Chauncy Billups.

and last, but not least...

B.J. Mullins-If he falls to number 18, I think that we should take him. He brings a big, strong, 7'0" body that we can put next to Al Jefferson or Kevin Love and make it work.

Players We Should Stay Away From

Brandon Jennings-In my opinion he is still immature, and he reminds me of Stephon Marbury.

Stephen Curry-I like him as a player, but i don't think he is right for this team. He has a high assist to turnover ratio, and he is a shoot first point guard.

Jordan Hill-We have enough 6'10" power forwards.

Draft Options

With the sixth pick, we should try to draft the best available point guard, or either James Harden or Demar Derozen. I would probably lean towards signing a point guard, possible Jrue Holliday.

With the eighteenth pick, we should draft B.J. Mullins. If he is not available, then we should probably go for the best player that is.

With the twenty-eighth pick, we should just draft the best player that is still on the board, no need to think too deep on this one.

Trade Options

Now as I previously mentioned about our trade able commodities, we have a very good chance to move up in this draft, using those players. We could also explore the Kirk Heinricj trade that we were trying to get done during the trade deadline.