2002 NBA DRAFT SELECTIONS:

Second Round, No. 52: Marcus Taylor, G, Michigan State

TIMBERWOLVES' NINE-MAN ROTATION:

Guards: Chauncey Billups and Wally Szczerbiak; Forwards: Joe Smith and Kevin Garnett; Center: Rasho Nesterovic. Top Subs: Forward Gary Trent, Guard Anthony Peeler, Center Marc Jackson. Significant Injured Player: Guard Terrell Brandon. Free Agents in Top Nine: Nesterovic (restricted), Trent.

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MARTY BLAKE'S POST-DRAFT ANALYSIS:

"They want a back-up guard. They didn't have a first round pick, they lost Bobby Jackson and this guy has guts. They just had a free ticket and got a guy who, if he went back to school would have been a first rounder. He has first round talent but he just didn't want to go to school."

RECENT FIRST-ROUND DRAFT CHOICES:

YEAR PLAYER UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
2001 (no first-round selection)
2000 (no first-round selection)
1999 Wally SzczerbiakMiami (Ohio)
William AveryDuke
1998 Radoslav Nesterovic Kinder Bologna (Italy)
1997 Paul GrantWisconsin
1996 Ray Allen Connecticut
1995 Kevin Garnett Farragut Academy (Ill.)
1994 Donyell Marshall Connecticut
1993 Isaiah RiderNevada-Las Vegas
1992 Christian Laettner Duke
1991Luc LongleyNew Mexico
1990Felton Spencer Louisville
Gerald Glass Mississippi
1989 Pooh Richardson UCLA