NBA Draft 2011: Why the Timberwolves Don't Need Iguodala or Ellis for No. 2
Every time I check ESPN.com, I fear that the Wolves have finally shipped their No. 2 pick to either Philadelphia or Golden State for either Ellis or Iguodala. Those two teams seem to be the two most likely suitors for the Wolves' pick, and with just a few short days left until the draft, it is inevitable that the pick will be moved soon despite what the team is saying.
People continue to report that the Wolves are no longer interested in dealing the pick, but don't be fooled, there is still plenty of negotiating going on behind the scenes. I would be shocked if the Wolves drafted in their assigned spot come draft night.
The reason why the services of both Monta and Iguodala are unnecessary is that neither pushes the team over the top. I'm not sure the Wolves are a playoff team with the addition of either one of them.
Monta Ellis is an undersized shooting guard whose numbers are inflated because he played in a run-and-gun system last season. His steal numbers are high, but it's misleading because he is still easily overpowered by bigger guards. The Wolves already have their share of defensive struggles and they don't need an undersized shooting guard.
Andre Iguodala has exactly the opposite problem. He is great defensively, but he struggles to score. Last season he averaged just 14 points per game and it seems like he has been declining over the past couple of years. He is only 27 years old, so he still has plenty of basketball left, but he doesn't seem to be playing at a level that is worth the money.
Iguodala still gets six rebounds and six assists a game and plays good defense, but he is a terrible shooter, and he is a bad fit in Minnesota because he's really a small forward. They need a shooter that can stretch the floor to help out Rubio, and Iguodala is not that guy.
Both Iguodala and Ellis come with some serious baggage. Both are guys that have huge contacts and will fill up a lot of the Wolves cap room. There are so many good shooting guards in the league it's hard for me to watch them overpay for either of these guys while giving away the No. 2 pick in the process.
If you are going to spend that much money, at least get a legitimate center. There aren't many good centers around. They are hard to come by, and if you have an opportunity to get one, you should. Samuel Dalembert is probably the best center available in free agency this year, further proving there is no one else the Wolves can get.
The Timberwolves should look into Andrew Bogut, JaVale McGee, potentially Marcin Gortat, and maybe even Andrew Bynum who has just popped up in rumors recently. These perimeter guys are not worth $12 million a year for a young, developing team.
The Wolves desperately need a defensive partner in the frontcourt for Kevin Love, and the second pick is a great way to obtain that kind of guy. We'll see how this shakes out, but hopefully the Wolves can get a big man for No. 2, and avoid Ellis and Iguodala.
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