DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #5, #6, #18, #28 Round 2: #45, #47
|3. O.J. Mayo||7. Corey Brewer||6. Brandon Roy||14. Rashad McCants|
|* Draft rights traded|
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.
Overall talent level still falls short of lottery cohorts Oklahoma City and Memphis. Decision-making at point guard spotty.
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.