NBA Draft 2011: Who Should the Minnesota Timberwolves Pick?

Posted: June 23, 2011 by twinsfan21 in arizona wildcats, Basketball, derrick williams, kyrie irving, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats goes up for a rebound against Jamal Coombs-McDaniel #4 and Charles Okwandu #35 of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Might Williams be a Timberwolve tomorrow night?
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The 2011 NBA Draft is two days away. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the second pick in the draft. The Wolves once again got unlucky as they had the best odds for the first pick, but the lottery didn’t go their way.

The Timberwolves have the second pick and the 20th pick in the first round. Their second-round pick goes to the Miami Heat for the Michael Beasley trade.

So who should the Minnesota Timberwolves draft? Well, Kyrie Irving will likely go No. 1, which gives the Timberwolves the option of taking power forward Derrick Williams from Arizona. Should they? They already have four other power forwards in Kevin Love, Beasley, Anthony Randolph and Anthony Tolliver.

This could make the Wolves lean toward taking a center, like Enes Kanter.

Also, trading out of this pick isn’t out of the question either, as they have expressed in recent weeks.

First off, why should the Wolves draft Derrick Williams? Well, he has great physical potential. Williams is 6’8″, with a 7’1″ wingspan. Williams is also tough and can play through injury, as he did this past season at Arizona with a broken finger on his shooting hand. He still shot the ball extremely well. Williams shot 59.5 percent from the field, 56.8 percent from long range and 74 percent from the charity stripe with the broken finger.

Williams can also play great defense. He is a solid rebounder, both offensively and defensively, and can block shots. Imagine Williams and Kevin Love as rebounders. They could establish themselves as two of the best in the game right now. Williams can also get to the free-throw line, (averaged eight attempts per game at Arizona last season).

The Timberwolves should draft Kanter if they believe they already have too many power forwards. Kanter didn’t play last season, due to violations at Kentucky. Kanter is 6’11”, with a 7′ 1.5″ wingspan. Kanter is slender with only 5.9 percent body fat. Kanter has a nice jump shot that he uses to finish to at the basket. Kanter is a athletic and agile scorer and rebounder, and his game should do well at the next level in the NBA.

I see the Wolves drafting one of those players come tomorrow night, and if not, trading down. Other players that the Wolves might look at if they were to trade down could be Bismack Biyombo, or a guard possibly like Kemba Walker or Brandon Knight—but the Wolves have Ricky Rubio now, so I doubt that.

At the 20th pick, the Wolves could go a variety of ways. I have heard Tyler Honeycutt, the small forward from UCLA; Marshon Brooks a shooting guard from Providence; and Nikola Mirotic forward out of Serbia.

There you have it. Now tune into the draft tomorrow night to see who might the Timberwolves draft. Let’s hope general manager David Kahn makes good picks that will help build this team to a contender again.


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