NBA Draft 2011: 5 Players the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Target with Pick 20

John BurkeContributor IMay 23, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: 5 Players the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Target with Pick 20

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    With the NBA Draft only weeks away, the speculation of what teams will pick what players is already well underway.

    If you happen to be a Minnesota Timberwolves fan, the NBA draft is not something that guarantees a solid player anymore. Regardless, the Timberwolves need to improve greatly and they need to do it quickly. And the 2011 NBA draft is a great place to do just that. 

    With picks No. 2 and No. 20 in the first round, the Timberwolves have a plethora of options available to them. 

    Although, as a Timberwolves fan, there is a certain amount of fear that draft day holds (anyone recall drafting Ndudi Ebi?), hopefully this draft changes our history of poor draft picks and poor draft-day trades.

    Here are five players the Minnesota Timberwolves should go after with the 20th pick. 

5. Davis Bertans

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    Davis Bertans is a relatively unknown at this point. The 18-year-old Latvia native is best known for his shooting ability. 

    The 6'10" small forward has a great ability to create his own shot off of the dribble, and also has excellent range for someone of his size.

    Like all European big men, Bertans is already being compared to Dirk Nowitzki. Before he is to become a player of Nowitzki's caliber, Bertans needs to add a lot of strength. 

    This is probably the scariest player the Wolves can draft with pick 20. There is almost no doubt that Bertans will still be on the board, and with the team's history of drafting European and project players, it is not a pick that would blindside me. 

4. Tobias Harris

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    Tobias Harris went under the radar for most of the season. A one-and-done player out of Tennessee, Harris is a very well-rounded player.

    The 6'8" power forward would have trouble finding minutes with the Wolves. And while that makes me hesitant to say the Wolves will grab him if available, Wolves GM David Kahn has done much stranger things. 

    Harris is the type of player who can do a lot of things well, but nothing spectacular. At this point, teams will need to look at him as a project player who needs time to develop into an NBA player. 

    The biggest question about Harris is his size. He lacks height to play his ideal position, and his strength is also a bit of a question. 

3. Klay Thompson

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    Washington State product Klay Thompson has the NBA in his blood. The son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, Klay is a 6'6" shooting guard with excellent range. 

    An outside shooter is one of the Timberwolves biggest weaknesses. Klay Thompson would fill that void. 

    Thompson was one of the best shooters in college basketball, has outstanding range on his jump shot and, to top it all off, has a tremendous basketball IQ.

    Thompson would fit in nicely with the current Wolves roster and has the opportunity to make an impact immediately. While there are still some questions about Thompson's maturity, his upside is worth the risk. 

2. Marshon Brooks

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    Providence product Marshon Brooks really just appeared on everyone's radar recently. Just a few weeks ago, many NBA GMs had Brooks as a bubble first-round pick, and some said he wouldn't be drafted at all. 

    Either way, Brooks has had great workouts as of late, catching the attention of almost everyone in the league. 

    The 6'5" shooting guard is just what the Timberwolves are looking for right now. 

    Brooks is crazy athletic. He boasts a 7'1" wingspan. That reach combined with his explosive first step allowed Brooks to average 24.6 points per game in his senior season at Providence. 

    If Brooks is still around at No. 20, it would be no surprise if the Timberwolves scooped him up. 

1. Chris Singleton

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    Chris Singleton is regarded as the 2011 draft's best perimeter defender. If there is one thing the Minnesota Timberwolves are in desperate need of, it is defense. 

    One of the worst defensive teams in the league, the Timberwolves will grab Singleton if he is still available at No. 20.

    The 6'9" former Florida State small forward would be an almost guaranteed lottery pick if he could only play more consistent offense. Although, Singleton does have the range to hit from three-point range, he is streaky at best from that distance. 

    Luckily, the Wolves have more than enough offensive pieces. Currently, they are just looking at a solid offensive player who also happens to be a stellar defensive player. Singleton fits that role.