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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #5, #6, #18, #28 Round 2: #45, #47

Draft History
2008 2007 2006 2005
3. O.J. Mayo 7. Corey Brewer 6. Brandon Roy 14. Rashad McCants
* Draft rights traded      

2008–2009 Record

  • 24-58

Offensive

  • 106.1 (24th)

Defensive

  • 111.4 (25th)

Aquired via Trade:

Free Agents:

Areas of Strength:

Jefferson is one of the top power forwards around that no one really knows about, headlining a group of nice young pieces (Love, Gomes, Telfair) to work with.

Needs Work:

Overall talent level still falls short of lottery cohorts Oklahoma City and Memphis. Decision-making at point guard spotty.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • 19-17 -- Record when scoring at least 100 (5-41 otherwise)
  • 21 -- Percentage of available rebounds Love grabbed while on the floor

The Way To Go:

Getting smarter on Draft Day would do wonders for filling some gaping holes on the roster, and Minnesota will have plenty of chances to improve its luck. Imagine having recent picks Brandon Roy and O.J. Mayo, both of which the Wolves had and let go. The Wolves have four first-round picks this year, which could accelerate the rebuilding job if used correctly. An upgrade at point guard – especially now that Foye is gone in the trade with Washington -- along with some frontcourt help for Big Al, makes the most sense. But for a team that needs help across the board, going with the "best available athlete" can't hurt. If the Wolves can find guys that can play, they'll make room.

Minnesota is several years from contending for a spot in the Playoffs, so the franchise needs to remain on course and not look for shortcuts. Free agents aren't going to flock here. Developing from within is the best bet.

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