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Timberwolves Team Overview

2010-11 record: 17-65

Fifth place, Northwest Division

Did not make the playoffs

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 1

Areas of Strength:
Kevin Love and Michael Beasley. Beyond their dynamic power forward/small forward duo, there isn't much anyone could point to about this team and call it a "strength." And they both have a long way to before they can turn flashy stats into actual wins. But an All-Star (Love) and an All-Star talent (Beasley) is as good a place to start as any for a Lottery staple.

Needs Work:
Basically everywhere. The Timberwolves need assistance at nearly every turn. No one has drafted more point guards the past four years and yet they still had to turn to veteran journeyman Luke Ridnour as their only reliable option there. And in spite of all David Kahn's hype about Milicic being the second-coming of Vlade Divac or Bill Walton (in their healthy primes), this team still lacks a consistent presence in the middle.

Two Stats That Matter:
25
-- The Timberwolves ranked 25th overall in assists (20.1), a feeble showing for a team that has invested as much in point guards as they have in the Draft in recent years.

1-15 -- The Timberwolves' record in the division was disgraceful, at best. It also ranked, by two games, as the worst record against divisional foes by any team in the league.

The Way To Go:
Now that Ricky Rubio is apparently making the trek across the pond from Spain for the 2011-12 season, the Timberwolves can abandon their point guard-apalooza approach on Draft night. With that position fortified with young bodies and a trusty veteran like Luke Ridnour, a new dilemma arises. Two of the top three players in this Draft are bigs: Arizona's Derrick Williams and Turkish center Enes Kanter. But with Love, Beasley and David Kahn favorite Milicic already in place, backup minutes for a player picked with the second overall pick seems a bit foolish. Anyone interested in trading up to No. 2?

2010-11 Team Stats:
Offensive: 101.1 (24th)
Defensive: 108.3 (27th)

Under Contract:
G: Wayne Ellington
G: Jonny Flynn
G: Luke Ridnour
F: Michael Beasley
F: Martell Webster
F: Wesley Johnson
F: Kevin Love
F: Anthony Randolph
F: Anthony Tolliver
C: Darko Milicic
C: Nikola Pekovic

Free Agents:
G: Sebastian Telfair (Unrestricted)

-- Sekou Smith

Recent Draft History
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
4. Wesley Johnson 5. Ricky Rubio 3. O.J. Mayo 7. Corey Brewer 6. Brandon Roy
16. Luke Babbitt 6. Jonny Flynn 31. Nikola Pekovic 41. Chris Richard 36. Craig Smith
23. Trevor Booker 18. Ty Lawson 34. Mario Chalmers 37. Bobby Jones
45. Paulo Prestes 28. Wayne Ellington 57. Loukas Mavrokefalidis
56. Hamady Ndiaye 45. Nick Calathes
47. Henk Norel

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