This year's NBA Playoffs have affirmed the importance of having a top-level point guard on your team.
Chris Paul single-handedly pushed the undermanned New Orleans Hornets to a six-game series against Kobe Bryant. Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo have been major parts of their teams' first-round success and Derrick Rose has carried the Chicago Bulls thus far.
The biggest hole for the Timberwolves is at the point guard position. Luke Ridnour is a good guy to have as your backup, but as the starter, he doesn't work well for this team. Jonny Flynn has been a disappointment, and Ricky Rubio may not actually exist.
What Kyrie Irving would do for the Timberwolves is similar to what Derrick Rose does for Chicago and Russell Westbrook does for Oklahoma City. This may seem like a bold claim right now, but look at this stat line below from the three players' freshman (for Westbrook, his sophomore) years of college:
Player A: 6'3'', 14.9 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 spg
Player B: 6'2'', 17.5 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 spg
Player C: 6'3, 12.7 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 spg
Which player would you build your team around? By the way, Kyrie Irving is Player B.
Granted, Irving only played 11 games at Duke this season, but there's more of an argument that his numbers would have improved with more game experience than dropped, because of more opportunities to have bad games.
When you insert a score-first point guard into Minnesota's offense, you can afford to have a shooting guard who isn't an offensive threat.
Look at Chicago with Keith Bogans or Oklahoma City with Thabo Sefolosha. Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook provide the scoring in the back court and distribute the ball to their front court.
For Minnesota, Irving and Love become your No. 1 and 2 options, Beasley is your third and you hope to get something from your shooting guard. Now, all that's left is to find a starting center so you can bring Darko off the bench.