NBA Draft: Sacramento or Minnesota Should Draft Nolan Smith

Byron on SportsCorrespondent IMay 22, 2011

Underrated pro prospect Nolan Smith.
Underrated pro prospect Nolan Smith.Harry How/Getty Images

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