2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Minnesota Lands 2nd Pick; Where Do Wolves Go from Here?
The Wolves missed out on the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes, this much is clear. However, it's a relief to have a top-two pick. So while they missed out on Irving, there is hope for Wolves fans.
There are many different ways the Wolves can go with this pick. After Irving, it becomes a mess as far as what they can do. Their first option is to draft Derrick Williams, the talented forward from Arizona.
The problem with the Wolves taking Williams is that he is seen as a combo forward, and the Wolves' two best players happen to be at the forward spots. There is no sense in taking a forward when Beasley and Love are the only two players the Wolves can rely on.
Williams may be a long-term upgrade over Beasley, but they still have too many needs to fill. I really hope Williams is not the pick, stockpiling talent is generally good, but Williams isn't that much better than the Wolves' other options.
The next possibility is a little bit of a long shot, but the Wolves will probably take a look at Bismack Biyombo. There have been rumors they are interested in Biyombo, and it's possible they reach for him in a spot that they believe to be weak. Biyombo has talent, but he's just so raw. His status as a top-10 pick is in question and I can't imagine him going at No. 2; however, Kahn has been known to make terrible draft picks in the past, so we'll see.
With the second pick, I believe there are only three options if they decide to use the pick. The last player that will be considered at this spot is the guy I ultimately think will be taken—Enes Kanter. No matter how much Kahn defends Milicic, he's just not a franchise center. Kanter has the potential to be one.
Kanter has all the necessary skills to be successful in the league. He is a good offensive big man with range on his jumper and good rebounding skills. He's about 6'10'' so he's a little small for a center, but he's big and strong to compensate. When all is said and done, it is my belief that Kanter will be the most valuable and best overall player to come from this class...or at least he has the potential to be.
If the Wolves can coax Rubio into coming over from Spain the Wolves starting lineup next year could feature Rubio, Johnson, Beasley, Love and Kanter. All top-five picks. This group is certainly much more talented than the one the Wolves put on the floor last year.
The last option the Wolves have to consider is trading the pick. Chad Ford tweeted after the lottery that Kahn was very open to trading the pick away in exchange for solid veterans in their mid-to-late 20s. I honestly have no idea who the Wolves would trade for, but suitors will likely emerge in the coming weeks. If the Wolves open up the bidding for the pick, we'll see what kind of value they can get.
Of the options the Wolves have, obviously I believe they should take Enes Kanter. As a Wolves fan, I don't think I could handle a Bismack Biyombo selection. They need someone with polish who can continue to add to his game over time. This is Kanter. Time will provide clarity as Kahn will likely publicly declare his intentions with the pick.
The Timberwolves are a young squad with a couple good pieces. We'll see what they can do to build on that talent this offseason. They have assets, it will be interesting to see how they use them.
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