Minnesota Fans Take In 2013 Wolves Draft Party

Minnesota Fans Take In 2013 Wolves Draft Party

Kyle Ratke
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Many experts predicted a wild NBA draft. Well, that's exactly what happened, for teams, media members and fan alike.

The Wolves hosted their fans at the Target Center for a 2013 NBA Draft Party. The Party consisted of premium seating for season ticket members along with general seating for other fans. The event was free to attend and included concessions.

While popcorn and peanuts are nice, that's not what fans came for. They came to see who the future of the Timberwolves might be. Before the draft, many fans were intrigued on what exactly might happen going into the draft. Who would the Wolves take? A better question might have been who would have been available to take?

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Dennis Morrison, a die-hard fan of the Wolves, is excited for next season, let alone the draft.

"I love the Wolves," Morrison said. "I follow everything they do. I'm a huge fan. I'm looking to be a part of the team's Army (section) next season."

Morrison had his own opinion of who the team should target for next season as well.

"(We have) to get a shooter that can complement the team and stretch the court," Morrison said.

Many had thought Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was pretty high on Minnesota's board. Whether or not that was the case is unknown, but Caldwell-Pope was taken by the Detroit Pistons at the No. 8 pick, one pick in front of the Timberwolves.

The Wolves selected Michigan point guard Trey Burke at the No. 9 picks. Many fans seemed confused being the Wolves already have four point guards on their roster.

"It's been an unpredictable draft, that's for sure," said fan Tim Sexton after the pick. "I guess we kind of have to expect the unexpected and drafting Trey Burke is a great value pick. Not what we need, but a lot of value there... I for sure (expect a trade)."

Well, Tim ended up being right.

The Timberwolves ended up trading Burke to Utah for the No. 14 and No. 21 picks. At No. 14, the team selected shooting guard/small forward Shabazz Muhammad from UCLA and at No. 21 they picked center Gorgui Dieng out of Louisville.

"I think overall, that was a good move," said fan Nick Loxtercamp. "It will be interesting to see if they keep all the players, but they had a plan. Muhammad is a scorer and Dieng is a solid defender."

It may be too early to tell exactly who the Wolves will hold onto or what moves may follow during free-agency, but for the fans who had the opportunity to watch the draft at the Target Center, most seemed to go home pleased with both the draft and the experience. br>
"It's an experience that certainly makes you feel like you're kind of part of the team," Loxtercamp said. "Being in the Target Center with the other fans, you feel like you're kind of making the decisions. I'm not sure how to explain it, but it was an awesome experience."

Hopefully for the Wolves this season, that's a sign of things to come.

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