Keys To The Wolf Den: On The Lookout For Draft Picks

Timber WolfAnalyst IIDecember 26, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against the California Golden Bears during the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic on November 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ohio State defeated California 76-70.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Wolves are going to enter another draft with two or three first round draft picks, and other than Cole Aldrich, Evan Turner and John Wall, I've compiled a list of players that Wolves fans should keep their eye on.

The Wolves should be looking at SG's, SF's and C's primarily, so with Cole Aldrich, John Wall and Evan Turner already being known amongst Wolves fans, I'll dive into some sleepers.

But first a quick evaluation of the Wolves possible first pick:

1. John Wall (PG): see Derrick Rose with a better feel for the game offensively and defensively.

2. Cole Aldrich (C): a raw talent with shot blocking abilities. A work in progress offensively.

3. Evan Turner (SG/SF): Triple doubles, all the time. Turner does it all on the court, as he can shoot the 3-ball, score on the fast break, play defense, get steals, blocks, rebound in double figures and get his teammates involved.


1. Klay Thompson (6'6''). Washington State. Stats: 25.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 2.1 SPG. The focal point of the offense, Thompson scores in a number of situations that make him one of the most versatile guards in the draft. Can get his own shot, shoot the 3-ball and has above-average athleticism. Defense needs work, and needs to put on weight. Projected to go in the second round.

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2. Wesley Johnson (6'7''). Syracuse. Stats: 17.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.6 APG, 2.1 SPG, 2.0 BPG. All around wing/forward. Very athletic, yet raw player. Stagnant at times, but has potential written all over himself. 


1. Artisiom Parakhouski (6'11''). Radford. Stats: 22.1 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 2.3 BPG. A prospect at heart, and despite the incredible stats, you can write him off due to the fact that he's playing against small conference opponents where the centers are smaller by a larger margin. Potential is there to be drafted with a second round pick.

2. Omar Samhan (6'11''). Saint Mary. Stats: 19.6 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 2.1 BPG. A gifted scorer in the low post, similar to a growing Al Jefferson. Gives a decent effort in every part of big man basketball, and even gave Hasheem Thabeet a run for his money when the two met last season. It's unknown if Omar will enter the draft; he's 21 years of age, and a senior.

3. Greg Monroe (6'11''). Georgetown. Stats: 15.3 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.4 BPG. A center that does not do one thing very well, but does a lot of things pretty well. Has responded well when it comes to higher level competition. Still a work in progress, but definitely a first round pick.

Overall, Greg Monroe and Wesley Johnson should be looked into a little more with the Wolves' later draft picks.

More analysis will be shown later down the road.

Thanks for reading!


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