According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster are both making their debuts tonight, and Timberwolves fans have something to be proud of when these two take their talents to Oakland tonight for the first time all year.
Flynn, the 21-year old from Syracuse, had a solid rookie campaign, averaging 13.5 points per contest to go with 4.4 assists per game in only about 29 minutes per game. He started all 81 games he played in during the 2009-10 season and emerged as the lead point guard, and is clearly an upgrade over Luke Ridnour, who has been playing just alright all season long.
Webster, a 24-year old from Seattle Prep High School, played in all 82 games for the Portland Trail Blazers last season. He is one of those players that nobody really knows much about, but certainly has the talent to flourish in an offense like Minnesota's.
He will have competition with Wes Johnson, another Syracuse prodigy. Johnson has started 20 games this year (primarily at the shooting guard), but has struggled not playing at his natural small forward position and is having difficulties shooting, especially at the charity stripe, where he is only 63 percent this year.
I can see Webster being an upgrade over Wesley. I can also see him putting up decent numbers playing behind Flynn, Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.
He averaged more than 10 points per game three seasons ago, while only playing 28 minutes per contest. This makes me wonder what type of production he can put up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
I can also see Flynn being an upgrade over Ridnour. The reason I say that leads to the fact that Ridnour is "only" averaging 4.6 assists per contest while having dangerous scoring weapons Love and Beasley on the floor.
I am nearly salivating when I realize that a solid passing point guard like Flynn will get the ball to those two more and put up more assists than Luke.
This leads to a deep bench. Corey Brewer, Luke Ridnour, Wesley Johnson and Nikola Pekovic headline the bunch.
Two true upgrades return tonight, and if the Wolves can have the starting five working in harmony the team can be dangerous.
Just give Flynn and Webster some time before we can say that one.