Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2011 NBA Draft Options

It was assumed that the Minnesota Timberwolves would struggle this season. But with those struggles would come improvement from a season ago.

Early on the Wolves weren’t a good team, but they were at least fun to watch as there was always an abundance of energy.

Now the Wolves look like they’ve checked out, and taken leaps backwards from the progression they showed in December.

While much of that blame can go on the shoulders of head coach Kurt Rambis, for the sake of this blog I will chalk it up to a lack of talent.

With the Wolves on the cusp of receiving a top five pick in next June’s draft, these are the five options that Wolves will have in the draft.

Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke, 6’1’’, 19.

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Who Really Thought the UConn Huskies Would Get Here?

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The Connecticut Huskies have quietly been the surprise of the season. Butler and VCU are the surprises of the tournament, yes, but no one expected this out of Connecticut.  This season has been full of surprises, but there hasn’t been one bigger than the progression of the Connecticut Huskies.

The team went through the Jim Calhoun recruiting violations and his possible retirement.  They were considered a team that was too young and couldn’t handle the distractions that surrounded them. They were considered to only be a one man show and no way could they survive the Big East. Then, they started off the season surprising top 10 ranked teams in the Michigan State Spartans and Kentucky Wildcats in Maui. Everyone fell in love with Kemba Walker and named him king of college basketball. Until the Jimmer took over, Kemba was the nation’s leading scorer.

But then the inexperience and youth showed itself during the rigorous Big East schedule while the Huskies struggled down the stretch. With only a 9-9 record in the conference they were more like the team they were supposed to be – a young team with talent that wasn’t ready.

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Nation’s Leading Scorer (UConn’s Kemba Walker) Badly Needs Help

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Depending on how you define “mid-major” and “high major,” the leading scorer in all of college basketball usually doesn’t come from a high-major power conference. Houston’s Aubrey Coleman took home the honor last year. And going back to 1998-99 (take a look at the list here), I guarantee you’ve never heard of any of the scoring champions, other than Davidson’s Stephen Curry in ’09 and Adam Morrison in ’06 of course.

Why? Because power conference teams have more depth and talent than the small schools, enabling them to spread the ball around and away from their most talented player. The little guys can’t.

Connecticut’s 6-1 Junior point guard Kemba Walker is the nation’s leading scorer, averaging 26.5 points per game. In addition, he leads the Big East in steals.

By Paul M. Banks

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2010 Point Guard Prospects

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by: David Kay

The 2009 NBA Draft was all about the point guards.  11 were drafted in the first round and that doesn’t count Tyreke Evans who will likely run the point in Sacramento.  However, the balance of power will sway in the 2010 Draft as the point guard class will likely be very weak.  In-coming Kentucky freshman John Wall will be the cream of the crop and should be number one overall pick.

1. John Wall, Kentucky
Height: 6-4. Weight: 175. Year: Fr.
Projected Selection: Top 3.
’08-’09: n/a

2. Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 180. Year: So.
Projected Selection: mid first round.
’08-’09: 9.7 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 rpg, 54.0 FG%, 68.0 FT%, 36.4 3-PT%

3. Kemba Walker, UConn
Height: 6-1. Weight: 172. Year: So.
Projected Selection: late teens/early 20s.
’08-’09: 8.9 ppg, 2.9 apg, 3.5 rpg, 47.0 FG%, 71.5 FT%, 27.1 3-PT%

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4.  Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Height: 6-6. Weight: 240. Year: Sr.
Projected Selection: late first/early second.
’08-’09: 17.5 ppg, 5.0 apg, 5.4 rpg, 51.7 FG%, 67.4 FT%

5. Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 180. Year: Jr.
Projected Selection: late first/early second.
’08-’09: 14.7 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.1 rpg, 39.5 FG%, 80.8 FT%, 39.0 3-PT%

Click here for the remainder of the top point guard prospects and other position rankings for the 2010 NBA Draft.