Why Ryan Gomes Must Remain A Wolf

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJune 18, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 08:  Ryan Gomes #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves  grabs a rebound over James Posey #41 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)

Every Timberwolves fan knows about our own personal stars in Al Jefferson, Kevin Love and Randy Foye. But one star that emerged as one of the most important pieces on the team was none other than Ryan Gomes.

For starters Ryan Gomes had the highest 3 point shooting percentage for the Timberwolves with .372, and was the only Timberwolve to play all of 82 games, starting in 76 of them.

Although Ryan Gomes averaged 13 PPG, in the month of April, February and March, Ryan Gomes averaged over 15 PPG while shooting over 40% from the field. In his last 10 games, Ryan Gomes averaged 15 PPG as well.

Ryan Gomes brings a versatility to the group, being able to play SG, SF and PF all effectively well. When Al Jefferson was healthy, Ryan Gomes was the starting small forward, and when he went down in February, Ryan Gomes started as the PF next to Kevin Love.

David Kahn has announced that he would like to bring players in that are able to do multiple things, and Ryan Gomes is the perfect example. Ryan Gomes does not get any recognition due to Al Jefferson and Foye, but the fact of the matter is, Ryan Gomes is the Timberwolves version of Trevor Ariza.

He has a high developing basketball I.Q, often never taking a dumb shot, and knows his game very well. Ryan Gomes although known for being quiet on the court, has already acknowledged that the Wolves have a long way to go.


"Playing in the West, it takes 50 wins to get in," Gomes said. "We've won 24 and 22 games the last two years. That's half of what we need to get in. Over 164 games we've won 46. We have to get better. The only way we are going to do that is to take it on ourselves."

That shows that he isn't sitting around waiting for something to happen. The word is, is that Ryan gomes is in the gym working on his game as we speak.

"You want to take something positive from it," he said of last season. "We won two more games than we did the year before. That's not a real positive way to look at it. We had one good month. We need to have that every night from every guy. Not from one guy one night, another guy the next night and two the next night. We can't not focus out there. We have to have all things in place. "We have to value the basketball, value each possession. We can't be, 'we'll get it back in the third' or 'we'll get it back in the fourth.' "

With his sudden burst of words, there's no doubt in my mind that Ryan Gomes needs to remain a wolf. Whether it's starting or off the bench, Ryan Gomes is going to contribute in all ways that he can, and improve this offseason as he's dones every year.