Understand, this is not by any stretch of the imagination supposed to be accurate. There are many components that are going to be different in the game, than in real life. For example... It's a game.
I am a huge NBA 2k9 fan, I have played it as long as it's been out. All of the rookies were made based on my self evaluation on "reaching their full potential as a rookie". Of course they were all created players, but I believe they were all accurate, and I am pleased with those results as well.
The reason why I did this, would be to simply have fun, and hopefully give some type of guidance whatsoever on how this roster would work. Besides a few tweaks, I'm quite pleased with the results.
In the game, I set a few rules for simulation:
- 12 Minutes Quarters
- No Injuries to current injured players or through the season. Yao Ming, Al Jefferson etc..
- No Trades Allowed
- No Set Strategies for Simulated Games
- All notable 08-09 rookies, were sophomores. Derrick Rose, Kevin Love etc...
First off, It's becoming more and more plausible that Ricky Rubio is coming to Minnesota, so I did this with Rubio in the game.
For anyone that is unfamiliar with the game and how the player stats work, I am going to list some of the elite players at their position in the league, and tell you what their overall rating is.
PG- Chris Paul-99, Deron Williams- 95, Gilbert Arenas- 90, Rajon Rondo- 91
SG- Kobe Bryant- 99, Dwyane Wade- 99, Ray Allen- 90,
SF- LeBron James- 99, Paul Pierce- 92, Carmelo Anthony- 94, Danny Granger- 93
PF- Tim Duncan- 98, Kevin Garnett 98, Pau Gasol- 93, Dirk Nowitzki- 95
C- Yao Ming- 92, D.Howard- 95, Shaq- 90,
The players of the same position have different playing styles, but as you can see most of the concrete elites are ranked above 90.
Now that we have that settled, let's get into the actual Timberwolves roster.
PG- Ricky Rubio/Sebastian Telfair/Bobby Brown
SG-Jonny Flynn/Wayne Ellington/Corey Brewer
SF-Ryan Gomes/Corey Brewer/Craig Smith
PF-Kevin Love/Etan Thomas
C-Al Jefferson/Oleksiy Pecherov
The NBA 2k9 system goes off of 9 columns of different statistics, all put into one grade. For example, if a player drives the lane a lot, has speed and quickness, with a high dunking ability, he would have an athleticism rating somewhere around A- to A+.
The 9 different columns for stats are: Inside, Outside, Perimeter Defense, Post Defense, Ball Handling, Rebounds, I.Q, Athleticism and Potential.
The Timberwolves Player Stats
The strengths will be anything with a grade of A- and over. Only the top players will be evaluated
- Ricky Rubio. Overall: 86. Strengths: Potential, Ball Handling and I.Q. Outside the column: Ricky Rubio has high flashy passing, high drives, stealing tendencies and low shot tendencies.
- Jonny Flynn. Overall: 80. Strengths: Outside, Athleticism, and Potential. Outside the column: Jonny Flynn has high passing, high drives, and low shot tendencies
- Al Jefferson. Overall: 96. Strengths: Inside, Rebounding, I.Q, and Potential. Outside the column: High shot tendancies, good mid range shot, and dominating low post scoring.
- Kevin Love. Overall: 85. Strengths: Rebounding, and I.Q. Outside the column: Good mid range shot, and great passes for a PF.
- Ryan Gomes. Overall: 83. Strengths: Outside. Outside the column: Just a good overall basketball player, SG-PF.
- Wayne Ellington. Overall: 79. No absolute strengths/none with an A- or higher. Outside the column: Clutch shooter, 3 point shooter with slightly better than average defense.
- Sebastian Telfair. Overall: 76. No absolute strengths/none with an A- or higher. Outside the column: Ball handling, good mid range shooter, and developing distributor.
- Corey Brewer. Overall: 75. Strengths: Perimeter Defense. Outside the column: High defense overall, developing 3 point shooter.
Ryan Gomes I feel is the only one that needs an explanation on why he's an 83. With the departure of Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes is not the 2nd leading scorer of the Minnesota Timberwolves. His role is going to be a lot larger, due to the fact that he's able to play SG through PF. I expect him to average Randy Foye numbers next year.
Notable Rookies Stats:
PG- Ricky Rubio- 86, Jonny Flynn- 80, Stephen Curry- 80, Brandon Jennings- 85, Tyreke Evans- 82, Ty Lawson- 78
SG- Gerald Henderson- 74, Jodie Meeks- 80, Terrence Williams- 82, Dajuan Summers, Demar Derozan- 80, James Harden- 80
SF- James Johnson- 79, Danny Green- 77, Sam Young- 81, Chase Budinger- 81, Earl Clark- 79.
PF- Blake Griffin- 88, Robert Dozier- 76, Jordan Hill- 82, Tyler Hansbrough- 80
C- B.J Mullens- 79, Hasheem Thabeet- 83
Some of the stats are arguable such as the Brandon Jennings stat. But he's been the best PG in the summer league so far. Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn are my self evaluation.
The Season Stats For The Top Rookies (rounded up or down)
Blake Griffin- 15 PPG, 8 RPG, 1 BPG. .506 FG%, .747 FT%, 36.4 MPG. Career Highs: 30 Points, 11 Field Goals Made, 19 Field Goals Attempted, 2 Steals, 4 Blocks, 1 Three Pointers Made, 3 Three Pointers Attempted, 10 Free Throws Made, 14 Free Throws Attempted, 7 Offensive Rebounds, 12 Defensive Rebounds, 15 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 43 Minutes Played.
Hasheem Thabeet- 3 PPG, 6 RPG, 2 BPG. .513 FG%, .604 FT%, 30.3 MPG. You do not want to know all his career highs.....
James Harden- 12 PPG, 4 RPG, 5 APG, 1 SPG, 2 TOPG, .448 FG%, .327 3P%, .750 FT%, 30.8 MPG. Career Highs: 25 Points, 10 Field Goals Made, 21 Field Goals Attempted, 3 Steals, 1 Block, 4 Three Pointers Made, 9 Three Pointers Attempted, 11 Free Throws Made, 12 Free Throws Attempted, 4 Offensive Rebounds, 7 Defensive Rebounds, 10 Rebounds, 11 Assists, 34 Minutes Played.
Tyreke Evans- 11 PPG, 5 APG, 1 SPG, .442 FG%, .315 3P%, . 816 FT%, 29.5 MPG. Career Highs: 21 Points, 8 Field Goals Made, 16 Field Goals Attempted, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks, 4 Three Pointers Made, 7 Three Pointers Attempted, 8 Free Throws Made, 10 Free Throws Attempted, 2 Offensive Rebounds, 3 Defensive Rebounds, 4 Rebounds, 9 Assists, 36 Minutes Played.
Stephen Curry (Was a 6th Man to Monta Ellis)- 9.2 PPG, 2 RPG, 3 APG, .487 FG%, .380 3P%, .777 FT%, 21 MPG. Career Highs: 22 Points, 8 Field Goals Made, 14 Field Goals Attempted, 2 Steals, 1 Blocks, 3 Three Pointers Made, 5 Three Pointers Attempted, 9 Free Throws Made, 12 Free Throws Attempted, 3 Offensive Rebounds, 4 Defensive Rebounds, 4 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 32 Minutes Played.
Jordan Hill- 12.1 PPG, 6 RPG, 2 APG, 2 BPG, .469 FG%, .693 FT%, 29 MPG. Career Highs: 25 Points, 10 Field Goals Made, 20 Field Goals Attempted, 3 Steals, 5 Blocks, 1 Three Pointer Made, 2 Three Pointers Attempted, 11 Free Throws Made, 16 Free Throws Attempted, 6 Offensive Rebounds, 11 Defensive Rebounds, 15 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 37 Minutes Played
Demar Derozan- 10 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG, 1 SPG, 1 BPG, .436 FG%, .255 3P%, .772 FT%, 31.7 MPG. Career Highs: 20 Points, 7 Field Goals Made, 13 Field Goals Attempted, 5 Steals, 4 Blocks, 2 Three Pointers Made, 6 Three Pointers Made, 9 Free Throws Made, 12 Free Throws Attempted, 5 Offensive Rebounds, 7 Defensive Rebounds, 10 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 36 Minutes Played.
Brandon Jennings- 11 PPG, 6 APG, 1 SPG, .389 FG%, .286 3P%, .808 FT%, 30 MPG. Career Highs: 23 Points, 8 Field Goals Made, 18 Field Goals Attempted 3 Steals, 1 Blocks, 4 Three Pointers Made, 8 Free Throws Attempted, 11 Free Throws Made, 12 Free Throws Attempted, 2 Offensive Rebounds, 2 Defensive Rebounds, 4 Rebounds, 15 Assists, 36 Minutes Played.
Eric Maynor- 11 PPG, 3 APG, .457 FG %, .306 3P%, .605 FT%, 21 MPG
Terrence Williams- 11 PPG, 5 RPG, 4 APG, 1 SPG, 1 BPG, .504 FG%, .365 3P%, .793 FT%, 30 MPG.
Jodie Meeks- 10 PPG, 3 RPG, 3 APG, .445 FG%, .334 3P%, .760 FT%, 20.9 MPG.
All of the other rookies didn't average anything over 8 points.
For some of the stats like Field Goal percentage, the player has to average at least 8 points.
Points- Blake Griffin (14.7 PPG). Runner Up-James Harden- 12.3 PPG.
Rebounds- Blake Griffin (8 RPG). Runner Up-Jordan Hill - 6.3 RPG
Offensive Rebounds- Blake Griffin (2.8 ORPG). Runner Up-Jordan Hill- 1.9 ORPG.
Assists- Ricky Rubio (7.3 APG). Runner Up-Brandon Jennings- 6 APG.
Steals- Ricky Rubio (1.3 SPG). Runner Up-Brandon Jennings and Jonny Flynn- 1.1 SPG.
Blocks- Hasheem Thabeet (2.3 BPG). Runner Up-B.J Mullens- 2.1 BPG.
Field Goal Percentage- Blake Griffin (.506). Runner Up- Terrence Williams (.504)
3 Point Percentage- Wayne Ellington (.405). Runner Up- Terrence Williams (.395)
Free Throw Percentage- Tyreke Evans (.816). Runner Up- Brandon Jennings (.810)
Minutes Per Game- Blake Griffin (36). Runners Up- Ricky Rubio (34), Jonny Flynn (32), Wayne Ellington (32). All Timberwolves players.
Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio, Brandon Jennings, and Terrence Williams all have at least 2 categories that they are in the top 2. Again, this is half accuracy, and half fun.
The Timberwolves Rookie Stats
Ricky Rubio- 10 PPG, 7 APG, 1 SPG, .413 FG%, .336 3P%, .781 FT%, 34 MPG. Career Highs: 27 Points, 10 Field Goals Made, 15 Field Goals Attempted, 5 Steals, 1 Blocks, 5 Three Pointers Made, 7 Free Throws Made, 10 Free Throws Attempted, 3 Offensive Rebounds, 7 Defensive Rebounds, 9 Rebounds, 17 Assists, 38 Minutes Played.
Jonny Flynn- 11 PPG, 4 APG, 1 SPG, .476 FG%, .341 3P%, .797 FT%, 32 MPG. Career Highs: 27 Points, 11 Field Goals Made, 18 Field Goals Attempted, 3 Steals, 1 Blocks, 3 Three Pointers Made, 7 Three Pointers Attempted, 8 Free Throws made, 8 Free Throws Attempted, 2 Offensive Rebounds, 3 Rebounds, 11 Assists, 35 Minutes Played.
Wayne Ellington- 9 PPG, 3 RPG, 2 APG, .501 FG%, .405 3P%, .775 FT%, 32 MPG. Career Highs: 20 Points, 8 Field Goals Made, 12 Field Goals Attempted, 4 Steals, 4 Blocks, 4 Three Pointers Made, 6 Three Pointers Attempted, 8 Free Throws Made, 9 Free Throws Attempted, 6 Offensive Rebounds, 6 Defensive Rebounds, 8 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 37 Minutes Played.
Remember this is a game, but it can give a way better estimate than I can. But these numbers do not seem far fetched whatsoever. I'm a little suprised at the Wayne Ellington shooting percentages, but then again, it's possible, but highly unlikely. Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn combine for 21 PPG, 11 APG and 2 SPG.
Other Timberwolves Stats
Al Jefferson- 21 PPG, 10 RPG, 2 BPG, .536 FG%, .751 FT%, 35 MPG. Season Highs: 38 Points, 16 Field Goals Made, 28 Field Goals Attempted, 4 Steals, 8 Blocks, 1 Three Pointers Made, 2 Three Pointers Attempted, 12 Free Throws Made, 14 Free Throws Attempted, 10 Offensive Rebounds, 13 Defensive Rebounds, 16 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 41 Minutes Played.
Kevin Love- 11 PPG, 8 RPG, 2 APG, .420 FG%, .204 3P%, .720 FT%, 33.7 MPG. Season Highs: 29 Points, 10 Field Goals Made, 20 Field Goals Attempted, 3 Steals, 4 Blocks, 2 Three Pointers Made, 6 Three Pointers Attempted, 11 Free Throws Made, 15 Free Throws Attempted, 6 Offensive Rebounds, 11 Defensive Rebounds, 14 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 36 Minutes Played.
Ryan Gomes- 16 PPG, 5 RPG, 1 APG, .483 FG%, .397 3P%, .813 FT%, 30 MPG. Season Highs: 31 POints, 13 Field Goals Made, 21 Field Goals Attempted, 5 Steals, 1 Blocks, 4 Three Pointers Made, 8 Three Pointers Attempted, 8 Free Throws Made, 9 Free Throws Attempted, 5 Offensive Rebounds, 9 Defensive Rebounds, 14 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 39 Minutes Played.
How Did The Timberwolves Do?
PPG-22nd Place with 92.6. Golden State Had The Top PPG With 99.9.
PaPG- 19th Place with 95.3. Portland Had The Least Points Allowed With 87.8
FG%- 7th Place with .473. Boston Had The Best Field Goal Percentage With .479
3P%- 29th Place with .326. Orlando Had The Top 3 Point Percentage With .415
FT%- 16th Place with .765. Toronto Had The Top Free Throw Percentage With .801
APG- 5th Place with 21.6. New Orleans Had The Top Assists Per Game With 22.8
RPG- 30th Place with 33.6. Dallas Had the Most Rebounds Per Game With 36.1
ORPG- 20th Place with 10.2. Dallas Had The Most Offensive Rebounds Per Game With 11.9
SPG- 18th Place with 6.5. New Orleans Had The Most Steals Per Game With 7.2
BPG- 18th Place with 4.4. Oklahoma City Thunder Had The Most Blocks Per Game With 5.3
All NBA First Team
PG-C: Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard
All NBA Second Team
PG-C: Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh
All NBA Third Team
PG-C: Deron Williams, Brandon Roy, Stephen Jackson, Al Jefferson, Yao Ming
All Defensive First Team
PG-C: Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Gerald Wallace, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard
All Defensive 2nd Team
PG-C: Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Al Jefferson, Hasheem Thabeet
All Rookie First Team
PG-C: Ricky Rubio, Terrence Williams, Earl Clark, Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet
All Rookie Second Team
PG-C: Tyreke Evans, James Harden, James Johnson, Jordan Hill, B.J Mullens
MVP: LeBron James
Rookie Of The Year: Blake Griffin
6th Man Of The Year: Jordan Hill
Defensive Player Of The Year: Gerald Wallace
Most Improved Player: Chris Duhan
Coach Of The Year: Nate McMillan
Executive Of The Year: Cameron Park
Timberwolves did not make the playoffs
The Timberwolves finished with a 41-41 record, much better than last year. Again, it's just for fun.
Thanks for reading!