Keys To The Wolf Den: Alando Tucker's Potential and Bench Play

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJanuary 6, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Alando Tucker #28 of the Phoenix Suns dribbles against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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Alando Tucker, what can I say.

After a long day of studying and seriously evaluating his skills, Alando Tucker impresses me with a variety of skills that resemble one of a Wolves player on the roster right now, and that's Ryan Gomes.

However, Alando Tucker and Ryan Gomes are completely different players, but are similar in height, weight and some variety of skills.

Alando Tucker possesses a skill set in the post, a very decent mid range game, and is a tough defender.

In the triangle offense, Alando Tucker can mesh very well, and seeing how Ryan Gomes uses his post up game to initiate the offense, it gives some type of insight as to what Tucker will be able to do.

Alando Tucker will likely make his debut against the Golden State Warriors, and his defensive intensity will be needed against other wings.

He's Wisconsin University's all-time leading scorer, and his D-League numbers are through the roof, showing that he has the potential to be somebody in the NBA.

"He did a good job in practice today, he understands the game, he get's there, even if he doesn't know exactly what's going on, he knows how to play, and he's picking up things that we're doing" Kurt Rambis said.

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"He's picking up stuff quickly, he still has a lot to learn, he's coming along, he's still asking questions which is a good thing".

With the Timberwolves bench currently sporting Wayne Ellington and Sasha Pavlovic as the primary shooting guards behind Corey Brewer, and Ryan Gomes as the primary small forward behind Damien Wilkins, there's a few open spots for minutes.

The Bench Play

The Minnesota Timberwolves' bench is very inconsistent, but has a few bright spots to look forward to.

Ramon Sessions, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Gomes, and Ryan Hollins are those few bright spots, but in some games, those bright spots seem to dimmer.

Ryan Hollins has started to make progress, but with inconsistent minutes, he has been ineffective due to his own problems of getting in foul trouble, which is making it hard to rotate him with Kevin Love and Al Jefferson. Early in the season, Hollins used to play 20+ minutes, and grab 3-5 rebounds, absolutely dreadful. But the progress is there, and the Wolves will need his eight point-nine rebound effort in his last game more consistently.

Wayne Ellington has started to flourish, and in his last five games, he's averaging eleven PPG, shooting over 50 percent from the field and the three-point line. If Wayne keeps up his production, he could see time as a starter if Corey Brewer starts slumping.

Ryan Gomes should start scoring double figures soon, but he's out of rhythm and shape as of late due to an ankle injury. The Wolves will need his production and energy off the bench.

Ramon Sessions can fill up a stat sheet in rebounds, points, and assists, but I've argued that by him being the backup point guard to Jonny Flynn limits his abilities, and that Jonny Flynn would be a great sixth man that's primarily good for scoring.

One key player that needs to step up will have to be Nathan Jawai. He's shown flashes of scoring, and rebounding, and the Wolves need another post player off the bench.

If the bench can pull it together, the Wolves can win a few more ball games, because sometimes the starters just can't get it together.

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