Keys to the Wolf Den: Ellington, Nicknames, and Having a Successful Year

Timber WolfAnalyst IIDecember 31, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 28: Wayne Ellington #19 of the Minnesota Timberwolves passes the ball over Courtney Lee #6 of the New Jersey Nets in the first quarter at the Target Center on October 28, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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Wayne Ellington

The Minnesota Timberwolves have a nice weapon at their disposal that's not being fully utilized, and that's Wayne Ellington.

The former Tar Heel standing at 6'5'' has been providing the Wolves with some very consistent play over the last few games, and he's showing that he can put up numbers when given the time.

The Timberwolves roster as a whole struggle mightily from the field, and although as of late they have been getting better, it appears that they cannot win unless they are bringing pure energy for 48 minutes.

Wayne Ellington is doing just that.

Wayne Ellington's statline over the last 4 games: 9.25 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1 APG and 0.5 SPG, shooting 44% from the 3-point line and 45% from the field.

Not shocking, I know.

But for the Wolves bench, it's a start to somewhere. It's in the manner in which Ellington get's his shots that impresses me.

He can shoot off the dribble, he can drive and finish, he can spot up, and he also has a vastly underrated athleticism to his game.

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Nicknames

If you are a Wolves fan, then you know the roster and you have to know that the Wolves have nicknames, but most of them aren't "official".

I'd like to compile a series of nicknames for the Wolves impact players that don't really have a nickname that sticks to them.

Big Al & Kevin Love - The Twin Cities

Corey Brewer- The Gator

Damien Wilkins - Retrospect

Kevin Love - The Loveliest

Al Jefferson - The Postman

Jonny Flynn - Dark Knight

Help me out on the rest Wolves fans.

Having A Successful Year

(Long sigh...) I know that the year is pretty much over for the Wolves, but hope is not lost for the pups.

There are a few things that could ensure that the Wolves have a good season, despite their losing ways:

  1. Win 24+ Games : Winning 24 games would mean the Wolves haven't taken a step down and are still progressing due to the Wolves winning that same amount last season. Anything over 24 would be great.
  2. After the All-Star Break : Kevin Love is the league leader in rebounds, Al Jefferson starts to get back to form, Corey Brewer's PPG average is at least 13, and Jonny Flynn averages 5-6 assists by the end of the season. It would be nice if Flynn and Love made the Rookie-Sophomore game, and if Al Jefferson made the All-Star team.
  3. Solidifying the Nucleus: Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Corey Brewer, and Jonny Flynn—although that's not the most intimidating, it needs work.
  4. 7-8 Solid Players: I feel that the Wolves need to be able to say that seven or eight players should remain on the Wolves roster, as they add for next season. Seeing as the Wolves only had five players from the roster last season, taking a step up to eight would be fantastic. For example: Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Ramon Sessions, Ryan Gomes, and Wayne Ellington.

Thanks for reading!