We were "lucky" enough to land the second overall pick this year, as most of you already know. There was a 25% chance that we would get our rightful draft position of #1 overall, because $tern is a joke and the lottery sucks. In this weak draft (understatement), our best (only?) hope is Kyrie Irving. And that just got a lot more bleak. I guess there's a chance that Cleveland passes on Irving with their top pick, but let's just move on for now.
Last year, TWolves Blog Staff didn't do too bad with our draft Big Board. You can see it HERE. Debate it all you want, but you can clearly see that we would have drafted DeMarcus Cousins with our #4 overall pick. Maybe Wesley Johnson makes us forget Cousins before his career is over, maybe not. Maybe Cousins' immaturity makes us forget Cousins before his career is over. Who knows. Ok, so we had Hassan UPside at #6 overall, but a lot of people liked him. And it's not like we would have drafted him, as we had Cousins and Wesley Johnson ranked higher. So don't overreact on that. The rest looks reasonably solid, considering we went 30 players deep and all. Check out the entire Big Board from last year if you have any interest.
The NBA Draft is a Thursday, June 23rd. As of right now, the T-Wolves have two first round picks (#2 overall, and Memphis' pick at #20.) No one has any idea what's going to happen, or whom the Wolves will pick. (Does Kahn??? I doubt it.) Who do you readers want us to draft? ; Should we trade either (or both) of the picks? Is it Irving or bust? A BIG wildcard here is what happens with Rubio. There are some rumors that Rubio is already essentially signed, sealed, and delivered for next season. That would be fantastic, but I'm still overly cautious as of right now. ; If he comes over this season, we don't necessarily need Irving or Knight. But it sure would be nice to have two competent/very good PG's for the first time in... forever.
Derrick Williams is widely regarded as the consensus #2 pick. But he's a terrible fit for our team, as we've already got Love, Beasley, Randolph, Tolliver, and Pekovc (among others.) Let's just pray that Cleveland doesn't take Irving #1, which in turn "forces" Kahn to take Bismack Biyombo #2... since no other teams will trade with our lunatic GM. That would be disaster of epic proportions.
The draft looks like one of the worst overall drafts of the past 10-15 years, if not even longer. There's just no great talents. ; Too bad the 2012 draft is absolutely LOADED, and we don't have a pick; but alas, that's another story for another day. There are probably some nice players in this draft that can contribute to NBA squads, but if I had to pick a surefire All-Star, I'm not sure I could do so at this point in time. So besides Irving, the #2 pick may as well be the same as the #10-15 pick(s). Maybe it's not that drastic, but there's a large group of players that could all be pretty good, or bench players. No one knows yet. And therin lies the problem with this draft, because the TWolves really need to hit a homerun at #2 overall.
Instead, perhaps we should trade the pick? There is a TON of TWolves and draft chatter going on right now in the TWolves Blog Forums. Check it out with us:
- Rumor Mongering: The Danny Granger Edition
- Sixers Blog says Iggy for TWolves #2 Overall Pick
- The Anus Kanter Thread
- The Draft Solution
Without further ado, here is your T-Wolves Blog 2011 NBA Draft Minnesota Timberwolves "Big Board"...
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