2011 NBA Mock Draft: T-Wolves Settle for Tyler Honeycutt at No. 20
NBA Mock Draft 2011 Finds Tyler Honeycutt Vaulting Up to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Pick No. 20
UCLA sophomore Tyler Honeycutt didn't leave the Bruins as a household name.He only averaged 13 points and three assists a game this past year. His team made the tournment, but didn't make it past the first weekend.
So why should the Timberwolves be excited to land Honeycutt?
Because he has the word that is uttered time-and-time again with drafts: potential.
He is a 6-8 wing player that brings versatilty and athelcsicm to the table. His long arms and quick foot speed make him a prime candidate to be a outstanding defender in the NBA.
The takes pride in his rebounding and has shown that scoring is not his only concern. Honeycutt's midrange game is top-notch but he needs to work on his poor range from deep.
There are a few issues that will cause him to fall to the ladder part of the first round. The folks over at nbadraft.net outline the concerns scouts have about Honeycutts game:
Being able to create with the ball in his hands is not one of his strengths, and he will need to tighten up his ball handling skills and work on ball security... Needs to be a little smarter with his passing, tends to try and thread the needle when the safer more reasonable pass is available.
Ball handling is the easiest thing to work on in the summer and you better believe that will be priority No. 1 for whatever team drafts him.
Good Fit or Bad Fit?
The Timberwolves ended the 2010-2011 season on a 15 game losing streak. This team needs help all over the floor and getting a defensive minded player here would be a great idea.
Honeycutt can let Kevin Love do the scoring and he can take care of the lock-down defense.
Chances of NBA Success: 50%
He is very raw offensively and his success in the league will likely hinge on how well of a defender he becomes. If he puts fourth the work in the gym on his ball handling and his jumper—Honeycutt has enough potential to be an All-Star.
But he also has the potential to be a forgettable bust.
It's a 50/50 gamble.
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