NBA Draft 2011: 7 Players the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Target

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NBA Draft 2011: 7 Players the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Target

The Minnesota Timberwolves have done an atrocious job of drafting over the past couple of years. Recently, I wrote an article on why their 2010 drafting job was the worst ever which you can find here. I received a suggestion to write about who the T'wolves should take to improve upon their performance from last year.

It's important to note that it is my belief that teams should draft based on their needs. This means that they should probably avoid drafting power forwards, as Kevin Love is an All-Star, and Anthony Randolph has great potential. Small forward is also pretty much set with Beasley although I don't think he is necessarily a long-term solution.

If Perry Jones were to slip into the teens, of course I think you should take him, but if you think Jones is a little better than Kyrie Irving for example, you take Irving because he is a better fit.

Last season, the Wolves selected Wes Johnson, and although they may think he is the future at shooting guard, drafting a shooting guard would be acceptable given the right circumstances. Point guard and center are the positions the Wolves should key on. Ridnour has played well, but he's not the future of the team nor is underachiever Jonny Flynn who is worse than you think, trust me. 

While it's possible Anthony Randolph and Kevin Love play together in the frontcourt someday, the Timberwolves should try to pick up a true center because in reality, that probably won't happen. Darko is a serviceable big man but is better utilized off the bench.

With that said, let's examine seven prospects that would be good players for the Wolves to target in no particular order.

I will write under the assumption that the Timberwolves have a top-four pick of their own and also the pick of the Memphis Grizzlies (lottery protected) somewhere in the middle of the first round. The Wolves could also easily trade into the second round and pick up players there.

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