NBA Draft 2011: Enes Kanter & 10 Players the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Avoid
The 2011 NBA Draft is only two days away, and teams throughout the NBA continue to adjust their draft boards.
Some are looking for role players to make a perfect fit, including contenders at the end of the first round.
Others, like the Minnesota Timberwolves, are trying to add as much talent as possible to the roster.
Let's take a look at 10 players Minnesota needs to avoid on draft night.
10. Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
Now that the Cavaliers are rumored to be set on taking Kyrie Irving with their first pick, Timberwolves fans can breathe a little easier.
Everyone remembers when VP of Basketball Operations David Kahn ended up with four point guards in 2009. Even though two of them were traded, he became the laughingstock of the Draft, especially because Ricky Rubio stayed in Spain and Jonny Flynn became perhaps the worst point guard selected in the first round of the draft.
This year, Ricky Rubio is here. There is no need whatsoever to select a point guard at any time in this draft.
Thus, Irving should only be selected if he falls to No. 2, but traded immediately on draft night for other assets.
9. Tobias Harris, SF/PF, Tennessee
Tobias Harris could turn into a really good pro.
He has the body to compete in the NBA right now, but lacks the maturity and still needs to develop his skills.
Harris is projected to go in the mid- to late-first round, making the Timberwolves an option with the 20th pick.
David Kahn needs to avoid getting sucked in by this kid's potential.
Harris is one of the higher value picks toward the end of the first round for a patient team who can allow him time to develop. However, Minnesota cannot be patient any longer. Most of the organization's patience ran out before the arrival of Ricky Rubio.
8. Nikola Vucevic, C, USC
Nikola Vucevic is one of those names that is rising daily on draft boards as we approach the NBA Draft.
He may even rise to the point that the Timberwolves will not have the opportunity to select him, jumping to the end of the lottery.
Still, if he is available at No. 20, Minnesota needs to avoid getting sucked into the hype surrounding him.
He is a true big man that will probably have a decent NBA career. The problem is that he will probably never produce better than Darko Milicic is producing right now.
There is no point in swinging for the fences by selecting a guy known to be a contact hitter.
7. Jeremy Tyler, PF, Tokyo Apache
Jeremy Tyler is a mystery.
He has taken a path to the NBA that has never been seen before. He dropped out of high school early, played in Israel, and then in Japan last year.
Tyler is too risky for the Timberwolves.
This team has enough characters already. There is no reason to bring in another cocky kid without a high school diploma unless they want to turn into the NBA team that most resembles a John Calipari college team.
Tyler may be the big body that Minnesota is looking for, but it is unclear if he can play center anyway.
Nothing about this guy is worth the Timberwolves expending their 20th pick on draft night.
6. Iman Shumpert, SG, Georgia Tech
Iman Shumpert could be everything the Timberwolves have been looking for in a two-guard.
The problem is, as of a month ago, he was barely being projected get drafted.
It is a little scary to consider a player rises from complete irrelevance to first-round consideration in a matter of just one month. It also doesn't make sense that his play at Georgia Tech garnered no attention, while great workouts have everyone buzzing.
Shumpert is too risky for David Kahn right now.
Stay away, Mr. Kahn; stay away.
5. Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence
The Timberwolves are a difficult team to analyze right now.
Currently, Marshon Brooks would be a terrible fit on their roster. He needs to have the ball in his hands to score, similar to Minnesota's second-best player, Michael Beasley.
He could be a great fit on this team should they select Derrick Williams and trade Beasley. Williams gets his points within the offense and will not demand the ball as much as Beasley.
Still, Brooks could turn into one of those heart-breaking situations for fans. Minnesota could take him, keep Beasley, leading to poor play from Brooks, and his eventual growth into a solid NBA player on another team after he doesn't "work out" for the Timberwolves.
David Kahn cannot let this happen. So, if they end up with Brooks on draft night, they need to avoid keeping Beasley on the roster.
4. Nikola Mirotic, SF, Serbia
Nikola Mirotic is projected around the 20th selection that the Timberwolves own. However, he may not play in the NBA for three years.
Minnesota fans are sick of waiting for players to show up. The Timberwolves front office has been strict on scouting international players thoroughly, but it is wearing out the fans.
Mirotic's situation is making him the next Ricky Rubio, and one Rubio situation is plenty for any fan base to deal with.
Minnesota cannot select another buyout conflict in the 2011 NBA Draft, so Mirotic should be avoided at all costs, despite his talent.
3. Tyler Honeycutt, SF, UCLA
Tyler Honeycutt is going to find a home for a long time in the NBA.
He is one of those rare players who won't be great, but who can be a versatile player within different styles of play.
At first, Honeycutt seemed like a great choice for Minnesota with the 20th overall selection.
However, when you take a closer look, this pick makes no sense at all.
David Kahn is known for acquiring assets, yet having no idea what to do with them or how to make them mesh together.
If he selects Honeycutt, it will only prove that he has still yet to understand this concept.
Honeycutt plays a very similar style to Wes Johnson, and they have very similar bodies. He would have trouble finding any playing time on this team and would be a waste of talent.
2. Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania
Jonas Valanciunas could turn out to be the best European player in this draft.
He will also likely have to sit out a year due to his buyout situation.
This sounds familiar...
Valanciunas, like Ricky Rubio, is a prized prospect in this year's class. Still, the team that selects him must be patient, as Minnesota was with the Spaniard.
There are a number of teams that can and will wait for Valanciunas.
The Timberwolves cannot, and although he fills a need at center, he must be avoided on Thursday.
1. Enes Kanter, C, Turkey
A lot of people in Minnesota, both fans and within the organization, seem to love Enes Kanter.
I do not.
The scenario in which they move down to select Kanter is fine, as long as they get something worth moving down.
It almost seems as if some of the trade rumors do not benefit Minnesota at all, except for the fact that they will no longer be reaching for Kanter from the four or five spot.
A 10th pick and Andrew Bogut (a proven center) would be preferable to moving down for nothing and ending up with Kanter alone.
The Timberwolves do not necessarily need to avoid Kanter on draft night. Instead, they need to make sure they don't undersell the two pick just to select Kanter and avoid viewing it as a reach.