Summer League Central 2009

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The After Party

Jonah Ballow
Wolves Editor/Writer
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Las Vegas will swallow you whole with evil temptations from the gigantic casinos, high-profile clubs, and a multitude of options from dusk till dawn. This past week, NBA basketball added another dimension to Sin City. It's time to take a look back and assess the action for the Wolves...Vegas style.

Players at the blackjack table love to see card totals of 11. This allows the player to double down on their bet with a chance at hitting 21 or blackjack with the next card. Rookie Jonny Flynn sports this all-important number for the Wolves this year and displayed his potential value to the team during the weeklong Summer League games.

The windmill dunk. The 24 points. The 14 assists. The killer crossover. It's hard to pick one aspect of Flynn's dynamic game to highlight in this Summer League recap. Flynn lived up to all the expectations from the June Draft when Minnesota used the No. 6 overall pick on the former Syracuse point guard. However, in the first contest against Houston, Flynn struggled by only shooting 3-for-10 from the field and recording 11 points.

The next day, the true point guard stepped into the spotlight with 14 dimes against the NBA D-League Select squad. Flynn seemed to elevate his game by calming down and dictating the pace while executing the fast break to perfection. Flynn's full court right-handed bounce pass brought the Vegas crowd to their feet on several occasions, which should translate to an exciting season for Wolves' fans starting in November.

The three-day break allowed Flynn and his new teammates to hit the practice floor and build some cohesion for the games at the end of the week. Flynn's competitive juices overflowed in the victory over the Wizards on Friday night. Off the bench, Flynn led the Wolves with 21 points in a relentless attack to the basket. Flynn made a living in the paint on 7-for-11 shooting and 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

On Saturday, Flynn did not rest on his laurels and blasted out of a cannon against New Orleans. Facing a head-to-head battle against Darren Collison, Flynn scored game-high 24 points. The step-back jumper was on full display as he finished 4-for-5 from the 3-point arc. Most detractors felt Flynn needed to improve his jump shot to become a productive NBA point guard. In the loss to New Orleans, Flynn was simply fantastic and began to create substantial buzz around the NBA circuit.

On how Flynn would recap his week: "I think it was great other than the standpoint that we went 1-4. I think from an individual standpoint, I think I showed a lot of people that I can play this game. There were probably a lot of doubts about me when I was going sixth overall, but I think I came out and silenced some of those."

Flynn capped off an exciting week with a highlight-reel windmill dunk in the closing minutes of the Chicago game. He also earned the T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Month Award prior to the contest. Flynn averaged 15 points and 7.4 assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 58 percent from the 3-point line. No. 11 is a sure bet, just be ready to double down on Flynn in 2009-10.

On being named Rookie of the Month: "It definitely feels good. It means that I'm getting acknowledged for the way I played out here. It means a lot of people took a liking to my game. I just don't want to get complacent. I want to keep getting better and keep working on my game every day."

On his plans before training camp: "I think I'm coming back out here August 2 for camp. A lot of us are coming back out. Me and Wayne (Ellington) are coming back out. Bobby Brown and I think a lot of the rookies throughout the league are coming back. That's definitely in the plans. You've got the rookie transitions in New York City that's mandatory to go to and then after that I think I might go to Cleveland and workout with LeBron James. It's an eventful summer for me, but it's all fun."

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Bulls Hold Off Wolves

The Summer League finale had a sweet and sour taste after Jonny Flynn earned the NBA Rookie of the Month Award just prior to the Wolves' loss to Chicago.

Wolves Fall to Hornets

The Hornets stormed back in the second half to hand the Wolves their third loss in Summer League action. Jonny Flynn scored 24 points in the losing effort.

Wolves Earn First Summer League Win

Jonny Flynn electrified the crowd with 21 points in leading the Wolves to their first Summer League victory 89-82 over the Wizards.

Wolves vs. Wizards

The loss to the NBA D-League Select squad on Monday seems to be a distant memory at this point and the Wizards are in the crosshairs for Minnesota on Friday night.

Leader of the Pack

Last year's starting point guard, Sebastian Telfair, is working with the summer league team and taking ownership of the "floor general" description of the point guard position.

David Kahn in the Midst of Busy Summer

President of basketball operations David Kahn addressed a number of issues on Tuesday including the coaching search, Ricky Rubio, and free agency for the Wolves.

Summer League Practice Report

The Summer League Squad hit the practice floor on Tuesday afternoon. David Kahn also addressed the coaching search and Ricky Rubio while watching the team work out in Las Vegas.

D-League Select Defeats Wolves

On Monday, Minnesota suffered its second straight defeat in Summer League action with a 96-91 loss to the NBA D-League Select team.

Wolves fall to Rockets in Summer League Opener

The Wolves dropped their Summer League opener, falling 79-65 to the Houston Rockets at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas.

Searching For Summer Success

Wolves' television analyst Jim Petersen joins Jonah Ballow with Summer League stories that involve broken teeth and players battling for their livelihood.

Wolves sign Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has signed 2009 first-round draft picks Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington.

Wolves Announce Summer League Roster

First Round Picks Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington headline Minnesota's summer league team that will compete in Las Vegas from July 10-19.

Man For The Job

In three seasons at UNC, Wayne Ellington compiled over 100 hundred wins and a National Championship. No need for a cover letter, Ellington's college resume is quite impressive.

Jonny Flynn: Making a Point

At six-feet tall, Wolves rookie point guard Jonny Flynn does not immediately grab your attention from a physical standpoint. Soon as Flynn speaks, he's got you.

The Latest on Ricky Rubio

While Ricky Rubio did not attend the Friday press conference with Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington, excitement remains high for his arrival in Minnesota.

Draft Picks Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington Arrive

All smiles as the Wolves welcoming point guard Jonny Flynn and shooting guard Wayne Ellington to Minnesota.

Wolves Select Ricky Rubio at No. 5

In four seasons with DKV Joventut Badalona of the Spanish ACB League, Rubio averaged 7.2 points and 3.3 assists per game.

Wolves Select Jonny Flynn at No. 6

Jonny Flynn averaged 17.4 points per game during his sophomore season. Despite playing just two seasons for the Orange, Flynn ranked seventh in career assists.

Wolves Select Wayne Ellington at No. 28

The Wolves selected Wayne Ellington with the 28th pick overall of the 2009 NBA Draft. Ellington, a 6-4 guard averaged 15.8 points during his junior season.

Trade and Draft Press Conference

President of basketball operations David Kahn addressed the media to explain the details behind the acquisition of the No. 5 pick and various topics surrounding the draft on Thursday.

Wolves Acquire the No. 5 Pick in 2009 NBA Draft

The Wolves acquired the No. 5 pick in the 09' Draft, center Etan Thomas and forwards Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov from the Wizards for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.

The Workout Finale

North Carolina's Wayne Ellington was one of four prospects who worked out for the Wolves in the final face-to-face preparation for Minnesota before the NBA Draft.

High Profile Point Guard Prospects Square Off

Some of the top point guards, including Jonny Flynn, Ty Lawson, Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings in this year's Draft worked out for the Wolves on Friday morning.

Saturday Pre-Draft Workouts

The Wolves got a look at Duke's Gerald Henderson, Minnesota native Ryan Amoroso, Louisville's Terrence Williams and Texas A&M's Bryan Davis on Saturday.

A New Batch of Prospects

On Friday morning, the pre-draft workouts resumed at the Target Center as Earl Clark, James Johnson, Nick Calathes, and Patrick Mills hit the court.

Prospects Work Out For Wolves: Thursday Morning

The final day of workouts provided the Wolves with a view of the most talented collection of prospects from the pre-draft sessions including Chase Budinger and Sam Young.

Prospects Work Out For Wolves: Wednesday Afternoon

Marquette guard Jerel McNeal and USC forward Taj Gibson capped off a busy Wednesday of pre-draft workouts as teams finalize evaluations of the prospects.

Prospects Work Out For Wolves: Wednesday Morning

VCU point guard Eric Maynor highlighted the Wednesday morning session at the Target Center. David Kahn also spoke to reporters about the latest meeting with Kevin McHale.

Prospects Work Out For Wolves: Tuesday Afternoon

NBA long shots received the spotlight as local favorite Ben Woodside and Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft represented the Midwest Tuesday afternoon.

Prospects Work Out For Wolves: Tuesday Morning

In day two of the pre-draft workouts, prolific college scorers took the floor. David Kahn, Jodie Meeks, and Goran Stuton addressed the media during the morning session.

Prospects Work Out For Wolves: Monday Afternoon

The Monday afternoon session featured accomplished college players such as UCLA guard Darren Colllison, UCONN guard A.J. Price, and Villanova forward Dante Cunningham.

NBA Prospects Work Out For Wolves: Monday Morning Session

Six potential picks for the NBA draft jumpstarted the weeklong workout session for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday morning including Danny Green and B.J. Mullins.

Second day of combine proves more valuable to teams, players

The NBA Combine came and went, and teams undoubtedly learned more from the information they were able to compile off the court than they did on it.

NBA teams take to Chicago for combine

All 30 NBA teams have descended on the Windy City to talk about trades, compare notes on players, watch workouts and interview prospects.

Timberwolves Secure No. 6 Pick at 2009 NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves were awarded the sixth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft at Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery.

2009 NBA Draft Lottery Replay

Watch as the order for the NBA Draft is decided for the 14 teams in the Draft Lottery.

Ramifications of the Lottery

The ping-pong balls have bounced and the lottery teams are looking to draft the next great NBA player...

Lovin The Lottery

Wolves forward Kevin Love will represent the franchise on Tuesday night at the NBA Draft Lottery and offer a unique opportunity for fans to follow his journey on Twitter.

Wolves Draft Lottery Party

Join Wolves' fans from 6-8 PM on Tuesday for an exciting night at NBA City, where the lottery will finalize the order for the June draft.

Clippers NBA TV Interview

Andre Aldridge and Eric Snow talk to Clippers president Andy Roeser on winning the No. 1 pick in the Draft.

As anticipation builds, draft order is quickly set

Many of the men in Conference Room 3A at the NBA Entertainment offices...

Griffin Anxious as Lottery Night Beckons

Sitting in a posh hotel in Midtown Manhattan, getting ready for a slew of marketing opportunities lined up…

Early Entry Candidates for 2009 NBA Draft

A complete list of all early entry candidates for this years NBA Draft.

History of No. 1 NBA Draft Choices

A complete list of all #1 NBA Draft picks, dating back to 1966.

Complete First Round Results: 2000-08

A complete list of all NBA first round draft picks, dating back to 2000.

As Ping Pong Balls Bounce, Fates of 14 Teams Hang in Balance

All 14 teams will send a representative to watch the excruciatingly painful process of seeing their team's future being decided by a bunch of ping pong balls.

What to Watch for Leading up to 2009 Draft

Nearly three-quarters of the league is sitting at home wondering what they can do this summer to avoid not playing in the month of May next year.


David Aldridge Endorses Trade

TNT's David Aldridge, at Target Center on Friday during Kevin Love's introductory press conference, called Minnesota's eight-player trade "As good a trade as I've seen."

ESPN, Fox Grade Trade

After Minnesota received Kevin Love and Mike Miller as the key pieces in a draft-day trade, national writers such as ESPN's John Hollinger and Chad Ford and Fox Sports' Mike Kahn weighed in.

McHale, Stack and Hoiberg Draft Presser

Kevin McHale, Jim Stack and Fred Hoiberg fielded questions about Minnesota's eight-player trade that brought Kevin Love and Mike Miller to Minnesota, as well as second-round pick Nikola Pekovic.

Wolves Acquire Love, Miller from Memphis

In an eight-player trade, the Wolves acquired Kevin Love, Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins from the Memphis Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo, Marko Jaric, Greg Buckner and Antoine Walker.

Wolves Draft Nikola Pekovic at No. 31

The Wolves selected Nikola Pekovic with the 31st overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Pekovic, a 22-year-old 6-11 center from Montenegro, averaged 16.4 points per game in the Euro League.

Wolves Select O.J. Mayo

The Timberwolves selected USC guard O.J. Mayo with the third overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Bruins, Trojans or Cardinal?

Who's it going to be? O.J. Mayo? Kevin Love? Brook Lopez? We chatted with L.A. Times blogger Adam Rose to get his up-close-and-personal perspective on the issue just hours before ignition.

Final Update: Hoiberg on PA & Dubay

Wolves Assistant General Manager Fred Hoiberg appeared on the PA & Dubay show Thursday morning to discuss what Minnesota's brass is thinking just hours before the NBA Draft.

VIDEO: Bayless, Gordon

We heard from Jerryd Bayless and Eric Gordon, respectively, after the two guards completed a workout at Target Center for Minnesota's basketball staff.

Bayless, Gordon Conclude Workouts

Arizona's Jerryd Bayless and Indiana's Eric Gordon were the last two players to work out for the Wolves at Target Center. Afterwards, the two guards and Kevin McHale offered reactions.

Wolves GM Jim Stack Checks In

Wolves general manager Jim Stack held teleconferences following pre-draft workouts in Los Angeles and Chicago this weekend to discuss potential prospects for the No.3 pick.

VIDEO: Kevin Love

We chatted with Kevin Love on camera about his Tuesday workout at Target Center, how his game has transcended since the Final Four and how he might work with Al Jefferson.

Wolves Head to L.A., Chicago

Members of Minnesota's basketball operations staff are heading to Los Angeles and Chicago to see potential lottery picks such as Danilo Gallinari, Brook Lopez and O.J. Mayo.

Gordon and Bayless Visit Monday

Indiana guard Eric Gordon and Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless, two likely lottery picks in the 2008 NBA Draft, will work out for the Wolves Monday morning at Target Center.

Rush, Neitzel Show Their Stuff

Kansas guard Brandon Rush and Michigan State guard Drew Neitzel were among six players working out for the Wolves on Tuesday, while Kevin McHale and Jim Stack offered a draft update.

Big Men Make Impression

Kevin Love may have been the biggest name to grace the floor at the Wolves' pre-draft workout Tuesday, but there was certainly no shortage of intriguing post prospects at Target Center.

Love, Bigs Audition for Wolves

Kevin Love was the biggest name of four bigs working out for the Wolves Tuesday at Target Center, and the UCLA power forward showed why his draft stock has been steadily increasing.

Monday Prospects Busy at Work

With all the attention Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts was getting at the Wolves' pre-draft workout at Target Center on Monday, one could easily forget that Minnesota worked out five other prospects.

Lopez First Through Wolves' Workout Doors

Stanford center Brook Lopez became the first draft prospect to work out for Minnesota's brass at Target Center. Among other skills, the 7-0 center showcased impressive range on his jumper.

Breaking Down Lopez and the PAC-10

In an attempt to curtail some insider information on Brook Lopez, we conducted an interview with Stanford Daily reporter Daniel Novinson, who watched nearly every game Lopez played in college.

Breaking Down Bayless and the PAC-10

Tuscon Citizen writer Steve Rivera has covered the Arizona Wildcats and PAC-10 hoops for 18 years, and answered our call to talk about 'Zona prospect Jerryd Bayless and other PAC-10 studs.

Trent Johnson on Brook Lopez

Current LSU head coach Trent Johnson was the PAC-10 Coach of the Year last season at Stanford after reaching the Sweet 16 with Brook and Robin Lopez. We called Johnson to get his take.

McHale Reacts to Lottery

"We're adding a heck of a good player," said McHale to assembled media after Minnesota nabbed the No. 3 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Click here to hear everything else McHale said on Tuesday night.

Lottery 101

Here's a detailed breakdown of the NBA's complicated Draft Lottery system.

Wolves Secure Third Pick in 2008 NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves claimed their highest draft pick in 16 years tonight, securing the third overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft at tonight's NBA Draft Lottery.

Wolves Lottery Tidbits

There have been 11 players selected by the Wolves in the lottery since 1990. This year, Minnesota has a 13.80 percent chance of grabbing the first pick for the first time in franchise history.

Sludge's Lottery Breakdown

KFAN's Cory Cove loves the NBA Draft like Al Jefferson loves double-doubles, so Sludge was happy to take our call to discuss each of the 15 players we've covered on our Draft Central page.

A Look at Lotteries Past

From Ewing in 1985 to Oden in 2007, the Lottery has produced studs (LeBron) and duds (Kwame) at Nos. 1 and 2, where much of the buzz is centered again this year. But what about other guys?

NBA Draft Lottery Preview

Writers with the Grizzlies, Bobcats, Bulls, Pacers and Kings joined us to answer four questions a piece to preview Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery.

A Look at Lotteries Past

From Ewing in 1985 to Oden in 2007, the Lottery has produced studs (LeBron) and duds (Kwame) at Nos. 1 and 2, where much of the buzz is centered again this year. But what about other guys?

Early Draft Chat with PA

Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley? Brook Lopez or O.J. Mayo? What about Jerryd Bayless? KFAN's Paul Allen joins us to discuss some of the top prospects heading into the 2008 NBA Draft.



Now that Corey Brewer is more than officially a Timberwolf, we took some time to update his pre-draft bio, including an evaluation from the Las Vegas Summer League.

Draft Blog 2007

Wolves reporter Mike Trudell takes Wolves fans through the 2007 NBA Draft first round with blog-style comments and dialog about the picks and all the sideshow action the draft has to offer.

Wolves Draft Florida’s Cory Brewer

The Minnesota Timberwolves tonight selected Corey Brewer in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Wolves Draft Florida’s Chris Richard

The Wolves tonight selected Florida forward Chris Richard in the second round (41st overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Draft Party a Hit With Fans

Hundreds of passionate Minnesota supporters were present at Target Center Thursday night for the Official 2007 Timberwolves Draft Party.

2007 Wolves Staff Draft

14 Wolves employees took on the general manager roles for respective NBA lottery squads and assembled in the Wolves' conference room to make their picks. Click here for a full report.

More to come!

We'll update this section throughout the lottery and draft, bringing you articles and interviews around this year's top prospects.


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