The Timberwolves will opt out of trading the second overall pick and will instead take Enes Kanter, filling their void at center.
Strengths: Despite his excellent mid-range jump shot, Enes Kanter should in no way be described as a “soft European player.” Rather, Kanter is a tough and physical center/power forward who loves to bang down low with his great postgame and his plethora of post moves to beat his defender. He is also an excellent rebounder along with his good ball-handling and passing skills. Not to mention the fact that he has great length, his official draft combine measurements yielded a wingspan of 7’1.5", and his standing length was a whopping 9’1.5".
Weaknesses: The biggest knock on Kanter would have to be his lack of athleticism and leaping ability; however, he is able to make up for this in part with his high basketball I.Q. Aside from that, health could be an issue with Kanter.
How Enes Kanter helps Minnesota:
Minnesota already has Michael Beasley at the three, and although I would argue that Derrick Williams would be an upgrade over Beasley, I see Minnesota instead going with Enes Kanter at center in order to play alongside Kevin Love and take a bit of the burden off him.
Furthermore, now that Minnesota has finally signed Ricky Rubio, they will enter next season with an excellent core of young players; Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Enes Kanter and Ricky Rubio.