Nathan Jawai Aquired By Minnesota Wolves: How Does He Howl?

Timber WolfAnalyst IIOctober 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:  Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love arrives at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular at the Century Plaza Hotel on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

With Kevin Love, and Al Jefferson now sidelined, the Wolves are now working on bigs like Pecherov, Hollins, and Reiner to hold down the fort. However, that will not get it done, not even in the preseason.

The Wolves have acquired Nathan Jawai, and while he's merely a prospect, I'd like to offer my take on him.

First off, he is a PROSPECT, so there's going to be a lot of things wrong with him, so I'd like to focus on positives.

  1. Good Hands and a Soft Touch
  2. Quick feet and developing post moves
  3. Coordination
  4. Wingspan and tools for rebounding

He's going to be a body to bang with Al Jefferson and Kevin Love. It's been stated that Kevin Love and Al Jefferson love competing against each other, and they challenge each other in practice, which is why they are both known as "beasts down low" by teammates Ellington and Flynn.

Now, for the many many negatives:

  1. Shot selection
  2. Defensive awareness and defense period
  3. Quickness, energy and fundamentals
  4. Conditioning
  5. Jump shot
  6. Who is this guy?

On a more positive note, he played in the NBA D-league, in which he averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 assist in 24 MPG. Not bad, but then again, it's the D-League.

All in all, we traded it for a future second round draft pick that we aquired in the Antonio Daniels trade, so we paid virtually nothing for it (unless in five years that draft pick is a superstar).

All I got to say is, with Love out, and Jefferson questionable...why not?