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NBA Draft 2011: Why the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Keep No. 2
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Throughout this draft process I have written multiple articles explaining how exactly the Timberwolves should use their No. 2 pick. I have been a big advocate of the Wolves trading that pick, but now it seems like the most responsible decision might in fact be to keep it. 

The Wolves have been shopping No. 2 for quite some time now, and to this point it seems like there might not be a deal that gets done before the draft. 

The only deal I have really been a proponent of that has garnered serious intrigue is a trade with the Bucks that would bring the Wolves Andrew Bogut and the No. 10 pick. If that deal is on the table, I would still rather have that, but it seems like that option won't be available for the Wolves.

This draft is considered a two-person class by many, Derrick Williams and Kyrie Irving are the two best prospects by far, and while neither is a surefire superstar, both have the potential to be great players.

Recent rumors state that the Wolves are now considering Enes Kanter instead of Williams. This is what the Wolves have to avoid. Just because Kanter is a better fit, doesn't mean they should pass on Williams who really is the second best prospect. At the top of the draft, you can't compromise on talent.

Derrick Williams is an overpowering player that can really be valuable for Ricky Rubio on the break. He is extremely talented and would bring some buzz to Minnesota. Minnesota finished 24th in attendance last season so it's safe to say they could use some more fan support.

Derrick Williams dominated college basketball last season, and would bring excitement to Minnesota. Kanter won't put fans in the seats, but Williams throwing down ridiculous dunks will.

While Derrick Williams is a great prospect, he has his drawbacks. Williams is the ultimate tweener, and while he says he's a small forward, he is probably going to have to play power forward in the NBA. Personally, I think he can play both. He is a versatile player. He is very athletic and has great range on his jumper. 

There is the question of how Williams will find minutes in Minnesota, but I don't think that will be a huge problem during his rookie season. NBA analysts say that if Williams is drafted, Beasley needs to go, but I don't think that's necessarily true. 

Obviously the Wolves would need to make room for Williams, but I think they can accomplish that without trading Beasley.

However, I do think both Anthony Randolph and Martell Webster would need to go, probably for future picks. They need to see what they have in Williams by having him back up both Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, and giving him the primary back up minutes at both positions. 

This can help them decide which position Williams really plays, and whether or not he should be kept, or dealt. Almost all of the forward minutes would go to those three, and I could see Williams getting 25 minutes a game. Even off the bench, that's a solid total.

Although I would like to keep Beasley around, trading him is an option that has to be considered. The problem is, his value is hard to gauge. I honestly don't know what the Wolves would get for him.

If they could get the No. 10 pick from the Bucks and potentially a protected first rounder some time in the future, I think that might be an opportunity they should take advantage of. They could make room for Williams while also being able to fill their shooting guard need with a guy like Klay Thompson and adding a future first rounder. This seems like it might make sense.

I think Williams is a great fit with the direction the Wolves are taking, and he will put fans in the seats. The Wolves can get pretty good value for the No. 2 pick, but passing on Williams could end up being a mistake they regret for years to come. We'll see what direction they go with the pick. At this point, I have no idea what to expect.

For more 2011 NBA draft coverage, stay tuned to Bleacher Report for updated NBA mock drafts, B/R's Big Board of Recruits, NBA draft rumors, NBA draft results and draft grades.

 

Follow me on twitter @MaxMinsker and be sure to check out my live draft blog tonight, starting right at 6 p.m. Also check out my weekly podcast  here, it's a good time.

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