Underrated pro prospect Nolan Smith.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in need of a starting point guard. Ricky Rubio has yet to decide to grace the Twin Cities with his brand of basketball and the Timberwolves deserve something better than the reluctant services of a player who has spurned the entire franchise and shown very little development in the years he has done so.
Minnesota will have the second pick in this draft, unless they trade down. Although Derrick Williams (Arizona SF/PF) is NBA ready, he plays positions that Minnesota already has a well-stocked.
The Timberwolves could very likely draft Enes Kanter second in this draft.
This might not be the best possible player or even the best possible big man prospect. In my opinion, that draft pick would be better spent on Jeremy Tyler. He might have the greatest upside of any player in this draft.
Let’s assume that Timberwolves take Kanter. He is after all the most common big man assigned to Minnesota in the mock draft.
The Minnesota Depth Chart:
PG: Luke Ridnour, Jonny Flynn, Sebastian Telfair (Unlikely), Ricky Rubio (Possibly)
SG: Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington
SF: Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, Lazar Hayward
PF: Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph, Anthony Tolliver
C: Darko Milicic, Enes Kanter, Nikola Pekovic
Minnesota still has a huge problem at starting point guard that needs to be addressed.
With the 20th pick, Minnesota should accept the jeers, boos and hisses that will come from the crowd and draft Nolan Smith.
When they do, ask the fans a simple question:
“What is it that they DO NOT LIKE about Nolan Smith?”
Then listen to them stammer and watch them squirm in their seats as they try to answer.
The only thing I could find was a little stutter in his step on his jumper, a turnover rate (3.2) that is no different than Brandon Knight’s, and athleticism on par with Kyrie Irving’s.
Nolan Smith is a coach’s player. On a team that has needed a point guard for millennia, that is a good thing. He will do what the coach tells him to do and get it done the way he is instructed. It takes a lot of talent and basketball IQ to do that. He has shown that he is as effective as any guard in this draft, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and Brandon Knight included.
Nolan Smith had a real shot at being the Naismith College Player of the Year.
Additionally, he has shown improvement every season and demonstrated that he can learn a new position or carry out different duties when asked.
Yet, most mock drafts have him going in the late first or early second round? After Fredette (who has defensive concerns), Kemba Walker (who is smaller and a less efficient scorer)?
Nolan Smith averaged 20.5 PPG, 5.1 APG, 4.5RPG, and contributed on defense, while shooting 35 percent from three and 46 percent field goal percentage. In 2009-2010 he shot 40 percent from three.
He can play on the ball or off the ball, yet I would prefer to see him utilized as a point guard.
Sacramento Should Consider Drafting Nolan Smith Seventh Overall:
It is almost blasphemy to suggest this, but it is true.
The Kings cannot afford to have another player shooting under 43 percent on the court with Evans and Cousins. And, and that is what they will get by drafting Walker or Brandon Knight.
“What is the problem with Nolan Smith?”
All comments are welcome.