Minnesota Timberwolves: NBA Draft Team Needs
2007-08 Record: 22-60; 4th Northwest
Draft Picks: 3, 31, 34
Key Free Agents
F Ryan Gomes (restricted)
G Sebastian Telfair (restricted)
F Chris Richard (restricted)
F/C Craig Smith (restricted)
G/F Kirk Snyder (restricted)
How they got here and what they need
The Timberwolves finally decided to say goodbye to the cornerstone of their franchise this past offseason, sending Kevin Garnett to Boston and receiving some youngsters in return. Al Jefferson has fit right into the power forward position for Minnesota, but this was a young group that took its share of lumps in the early going. But towards the end of the season Minnesota was giving foes fits, enough to get out of the cellar in the Northwest Division.
But clearly there's a need for a presence at center if this franchise hopes to eventually challenge for a playoff spot in the loaded Western Conference. Crazy as it may be to say this, but the lottery may have worked out well for the T-Wolves since neither Derrick Rose nor Michael Beasley would fill that need. Another shooter would also be nice to have, but they do have two developing options in Randy Foye and Rashad McCants. But the clear priority is at center for this franchise.
Who they take
I expect Minnesota to draft Stanford's Brook Lopez with the third pick in the draft. He's dropped a little on some draft boards of late, but given their need for a sidekick for Jefferson along with the fact that his game right now may be the furthest along of any true center in this class I say he goes here.
Draft History (since 2000)
- - 2007: Corey Brewer (7th), Chris Richard (41st)
- - 2006: Randy Foye (7th), Craig Smith (36th), Loukas Mavrokefalidis (57th)
- - 2005: Rashad McCants (14th), Bracey Wright (47th)
- - 2004: Blake Stepp (59th)
- - 2003: Ndudi Ebi (26th), Rick Rickert (55th)
- - 2002: Marcus Taylor (52nd)
- - 2001: Loren Woods (46th)
- - 2000: Igor Rakocevic (51st)