If The Wolves Were On A Championship Team, How Would They Rank?

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJune 13, 2009

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Every championship team in the NBA has to have a dynamic roster. For example, the 2007-2008 Boston Celtics. In general, the Boston Celtics had a top-five roster, with key role players surrounding them.

From 1-through-5, it goes Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Kendrick Perkins as the top-five players on that team respectively. Off the bench, players like Eddie House, Brian Scalabrine, Glen "Big Baby" Davis comes to mind, as they all share that number six spot, as they all were in the eight man rotation.

Another example are this years Los Angeles Lakers. The 1-through-5 players in order of importance is Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza and Derek Fisher, with the six spot shared by Andrew Bynum, newly acquired Shannon Brown, and Luke Walton. Luke Walton provides a sense of no-mistake basketball like a Shane Battier, and Shannon Brown gives the Lakers versatility with shooting, and instant offense with his ability to spread the defense.

One comes to think; where would players like Al Jefferson, Randy Foye, Kevin Love, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, and Mike Miller rank on the 1-through-5 championship roster?

But first, let me break down what it means to be 1-through-5.

1—A dime-a-dozen player, a future hall of famer, a bonafide franchise player and true leader. A player that can take a crappy team to greatness, a player who's a coach on and off the court, a player who can save a team from losses with only role players around him.

Examples: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Gilbert Arenas (prior to injury), Kevin Durant (needs two more years), Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Chauncey Billups, Shaq, Danny Granger, and Tim Duncan.

2—An absolute vital player, a player that is a star on a non playoff team, but cannot take the team to championship status. A right hand man to a No. 1 player, and a player who takes pressure off of the No. 1 player.

Examples: Pau Gasol, Brandon Roy, Ray Allen, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Richard Jefferson, Michael Redd, Ron Artest, Yao Ming, Carlos Boozer, Mo Williams, Joe Johnson, Rip Hamilton, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose (maybe a No. 1 in the future), Amare Stoudamire, Chris Bosh, and Kenyon Martin.

3—These guys are vital and have potential to be number two players. These are guys that need to make anywhere from small contributions on the stat sheet, or big contributions in clutch moments. The three players are versatile in scoring and defense, or are just needed to fill in positions, or other things among that nature.

Examples: Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza, Chris Anderson, Ben Gordon, O.J Mayo, Shane Battier, Rudy Gay, and Rajon Rondo.

4—These guys are often overshadowed, but if they were to go to a non playoff contender, could be number two guys. They play what's called the role player as a starter.

Examples: Emeka Okafor, J.R Smith, Russel Westbrook, Nene, and Nate Robinson.

5—Another key role player as a starter, who needs to be there for versatile reasons, whether it be intangibles, defense, offense, or experience.

Examples: Shawn Marion, Delonte West, Kendrick Perkins, Derik Fisher and Jeff Green.

Understand that guys that are fifth or fourth on one team, could be a third or second option on another team, and that really shows how deep championship teams like the Boston Celtics, and the Lakers are.

How Do The Timberwolves Fare?

2—Al Jefferson

He's a great player, but in his two years with the Wolves, he's only supplied Minnesota with consistant 20-and-10 performances, but sadly the wins have not increased. Al Jefferson is not a number one guy for this reason, but is a great number two, and is nowhere near less than that.

He's Pau Gasol to the Lakers Kobe, with no number one to help him.

2-5 Randy Foye

Most likely the fourth guy on a championship team, however this January Foye was a number two or three. Foye provides shooting from deep, and also some distributing purposes when Telfair is gone. He also has stepped up as a defender, but despite injury's in March an so on, he still has some inconsistency to work on, which is why he's a number four guy. But if it's January Foye all year next year, he's a solid number two.

3-5 Kevin Love

Kevin Love can develop into a two, but it would take an incredible surge from the offensive end. Kevin Love is most likely a four because of his high productive minutes. He ranked number three in offensive rebounds, so with more improvement, Love can be a number 2 guy, but right now, he's maybe a three and a solid four.

5-6 Sebastian Telfair and Mike Miller

Ryan is a five due to his non-mistake, all productive ways. Mike Miller is a guy that can fill the basket up off anyone's bench, so he's a six. Telfair is a decent backup, so he's also a six.

Thanks for reading!


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