Before the actual article: I've recently announced that I will not be writing for Bleacher Report anymore, due to the fact that I will be writing for a new website, Fanhuddle.
I've been recently told by Ethan, "You know you're leaving this site as the No. 5 NBA writer, right?"
Last I checked, I was the No. 7 writer, which was a huge accomplishment for me as it was, but being the No. 5 writer changed my mind.
I will be continuing to write about the Wolves for Bleacher Report and for Fanhuddle.
They will be completely different and original articles, and often, I will be providing links to the website on a new article on Fanhuddle, and the same the other way around.
Please realize that Fanhuddle comes first, so they will get the majority of my time, but Bleacher Report will get a fair share. So like Carmelo Anthony said in the new SLAM magazine, "I'm back, I never went anywhere, but I feel like I'm back."
Now let's talk T-Wolves.
The Timberwolves are embarking on this season with an exciting roster that includes new talent, and an up-and-coming, young, talented coaching staff.
The official roster:
PG—Jonny Flynn/Ramon Sessions/Antonio Daniels*
SG—Wayne Ellington/Sasha Pavlovic/Damien Wilkins
SF—Ryan Gomes/Corey Brewer
PF—Kevin Love/Olekisy Pecherov/Brian Cardinal
C—Al Jefferson/Ryan Hollins
*—Not at training camp/Seeking a new team
With a roster that needs more depth at the wings and in the post, the Wolves head into training camp with six new faces:
G—Alonzo Gee, Jack McClinton, Mustafa Shakur, Devin Green, Jason Hart
All have non-guaranteed contracts, and with 12 players going into training camp with guaranteed contracts, my assumption is that 2 or 3 players will be offered guaranteed contracts, and the rest will be cut.
Now let's get into the players:
Mustafa Shakur/6'3'' PG
Strengths: For a point guard, he's very athletic, and has very good size. He has a general understanding as a young guard on how to run a team, dictate a tempo. His court vision is above average, he has a decent mid-range game, and has some potential to backup Sessions and Flynn at the guard spot.
Weaknesses: His shot selection is very questionable and he is very streaky. He has a horrible release, he's turnover prone, and sometimes goes for the flashy play instead of the best play.
Alonzo Gee/ 6'6'' SG
Strengths: He has a huge frame, and is incredibly strong with a great leaping ability to compliment his athleticism. His frame resembles that of Carmelo Anthony. For a guard, he's highly tenacious on the boards, and is tenacious on the defensive end.
Weaknesses: Very reliant on his strength and athleticism to score. He currently possesses very raw perimeter skills. He's not a very good ball handler, turns the ball over too many times, and is very raw overall and inconsistant.
Jason Hart/6'3'' PG
Strengths: His NBA experience (seven years) is certainly a plus. Has a slightly above-average court vision, and knocks down freethrows consistantly.
Weaknesses: He barely has strengths...Judging weaknesses would be too hard to evaluate.
Devin Green/6'7'' SG
Strengths: He's a capable shooter, and is consistant when given space. His ball handling is solid. He has good rebounding skills, and above average court vision. A complete hustler on the court. Has good length and a solid frame.
Weaknesses: Very raw player. He's very turnover prone, and has average athleticism. He's developing his skills off of the dribble.
Jack McClinton/ 6'1'' Combo Guard
Strengths: He has good scoring instincts. His three-point shooting, and three-point shooting efficiency are therre. He has nice shooting mechanics, explosiveness, and has an above average athleticism.
Weaknesses: He doesn't have great size for a combo guard. His defense needs a lot of work, mostly due to size and wingspan. He also has trouble finishing around the basket.
Jared Reiner/6'11' C
Strengths: He has good size and wingspan. He also has a decent frame for his position. He moves well without the ball and has good coordination for a big man. His first step helps him get by defenders and he has a decent mid-range game. He could potentially be a great rebounder.
Weaknesses: He's always in foul trouble and often gets out-muscled. He's a very raw player, and has below-average athleticism. He's also below average in the explosiveness category while his defensive intensity is more on the average side.
Who could make the team?
Most likely, Jack McClinton, Jared Reiner and Devin Green will make the team. Jason Hart has a chance, albeit a small one, as well.
McClinton is almost a lock, with the Wolves desperately needing three-point shooting.
Reiner will give the Wolves a two-year player that can add depth to our frontcourt duo of Love and Jefferson.
Green is capable of playing some minutes and adding some shooting.
Shakur is a point guard, and most likely because of his inexperience and being a raw player, he won't be kept.
Gee could be the big question. With a solid frame and good athleticism, he could make the team if he impresses in training camp.
Thanks for reading!