The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in what can only be described as a constant rebuild ever since they traded former MVP Kevin Garnett. New GM David Kahn spent his first year unloading many players from the McHale era and adding building blocks to the team so that the Wolves will be competitive within two to three years.
However, he was heavily ridiculed during last year's draft for selecting two point guards consecutively (Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn) with the 5th and 6th overall picks. Fans then watched Rubio leave for another European club and Stephen Curry finish second in the Rookie of the Year voting.
This year, Kahn has the opportunity to make up for his debacle in 2009.
The Wolves currently own the 4th, 16th, and 23rd overall selections in the 2010 NBA Draft tomorrow night. They have been targeting Evan Turner and Wesley Johnson primarily, but the latest reports suggest that Turner will be the pick for Philadelphia at #2 and the Nets are leaning toward selecting Johnson.
So what's left?
This year's class is heavy with wings, and has a decent amount of available post players. Big guys Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins lead the way as the next best players on the board and while the post positions may not seem like a need for the Wolves, they are in a position here to select the best available player.
With that in mind, the Timberwolves should select Georgia Tech PF Derrick Favors or Kentucky C DeMarcus Cousins.
Now I know what you are thinking... "Why take another big guy when we have Jefferson and Love and desperately need a shooter?"
It's obvious Jefferson and Love have issues with playing together on the court. Love's outlet passing ability and crash the board mentality doesn't match with Jefferson's post-up style and limited range. They are both considered below average defenders against other teams big men.
Fortunately for the Wolves, Al Jefferson has gotten interest from other teams like Memphis, Indiana, and Detroit. While he has been our best player since KG left, his departure would open up more playing time for Love.
Now this is where Favors and Cousins would fit in.
Favors is a beast, plain and simple. He was a great defensive player in college, and attacks the rim with every chance he gets. However, he like Love is seen as more of a 4 in the NBA, which means that there is a chance that the problem with Jefferson and Love could repeat itself.
Cousins is seen as more of a five in the NBA, which is just what the Wolves need. He is a great rebounder and would complement Love nicely in that area. But he is also seen as a weak defender, which could cost him some playing time.
If the Wolves are able to trade Jefferson for a useful pick or player, it would be wise for the team to package their 16th and 23rd picks with other assets to move up to the 10-12 range and select Fresno State SF Paul George or Butler SF Gordon Hayward. Both players would fill a huge need at the three.
It's up to Kahn to decide, and whatever happens can't possibly be worse than last year.
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