Keys to the Wolf Den: Players of the Future, or Short-Term Plans?

Timber WolfAnalyst IIDecember 16, 2009

The Minnesota Timberwolves are clearly a better team than they were last season; it just so happens that the NBA as a whole is better as well.

Due to the misfortunes of injuries, a 4-21 record isn't a great indicator of how good the Wolves are.

Three of their four wins have come against playoff teams, the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets, both division rivals.

Even now, the NBA TV crew has finally started to realize the Wolves are a team that is not to be overlooked with Kevin Love back in the starting lineup.

But enough about the team as a whole, the discussion of the long-term success commonly comes to mind when you think about the Minnesota Timberwolves.

One would have to ask just who is going to be a Wolf for the long term?

When it comes to rebuilding, a team is constantly adding new players and assets, so it's imperative that you bring fresh legs in, a complete contradiction to "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

In the Wolves case, it's broke, so get a new one.

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Let's look at the roster:

PG—Jonny Flynn/Ramon Sessions/Jason Hart

SG—Corey Brewer/Wayne Ellington

SF—Ryan Gomes/Damien Wilkins/Sasha Pavlovic

PF—Kevin Love/Oleksiy Pecherov/Brian Cardinal

C—Al Jefferson/Ryan Hollins/Nathan Jawai

There have been some controversy among Wolves fans when it comes down to Flynn and Sessions, Jefferson and Love and Corey Brewer.

Time to clear the air. Who's part of the future?

The Future

Al Jefferson

20 PPG, 12 RPG in last seven games

Jefferson has been playing inside of a triangle offense that has left Wolves fans pondering as to whether he should be traded for a variety of assets. Al Jefferson is not going to be traded unless it's absolutely a must-have situation. His one-on-one skills make him a valuable asset in any late game situation and playoff clutch moments.

Kevin Love

13 PPG, 12 RPG for the season

Kevin Love plays decent defense, has outlet passing that compares to a baseball player, works well inside the triangle, develops chemistry quickly, and has a stellar basketball I.Q. Love is the most keepable player on the roster, and the potential is absolutely intense for the second year player.

Jonny Flynn

14 PPG, 4 APG for the season

Jonny Flynn as a rookie is giving the Wolves what they were getting last season with veteran Sebastian Telfair, only more. Hitting open shots, getting in transition, scoring in clutch moments, and has Chris Paul-like charismatics. Flynn is capable of being a franchise PG.

Corey Brewer

11 PPG, 4 RPG for the season

Probably the hardest as a fan to want to let go. The most fun player to watch on the Wolves because he gives 100 percent all game, every game. The best defensive player on the Wolves team. Starting to make strides as an offensive player. I'm a little selfish in wanting to give Brewer away to free agency or trade unless it's must have. Regardless, this guy is starting or coming off the bench. Just watch this video...

Ryan Gomes

12 PPG, 4 RPG

Get this guy some minutes at the four behind Kevin Love, and at the three and you have versatility on the court. Shooting 42 percent from the three-point line, and 47 percent from the field. A great perimeter defender, and at 6'7'', 245 pounds, he has a combination of size and weight that can be valuable.

Wayne Ellington

Has the range that the Wolves are going to need in a backup two guard. Also has an underrated athleticism and 37-inch vertical. Has potential written all over him.

Damien Wilkins

A veteran wing player that is going to be the Brian Cardinal of the future. I'd much rather have a guy that's scored 40 points in a game to come off the bench and knock down open shots, instead of "the Custodian."

Ramon Sessions

More than likely he'll be traded, but if not, he's a great backup point guard, and that would ensure the Wolves always have a starting PG on the court at all times.

Ryan Hollins

Can be valuable when we need a seven-footer that can run the floor, block shots, and catch alley-oops.

So there you have it in a nutshell.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Corey Brewer Video!