2011 NBA Draft: Minnesota Timberwolves

Since trading the only superstar in franchise history, Minnesota has spent the past four years collecting young talent.

Perpetually stuck in rebuilding mode, the Timberwolves have been stocking piling assets at the same position.

Selecting three point guards in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, Minnesota now has a logjam at its forward positions. 

Starting power forward Kevin Love was selected to his first All-Star Game last season and became the first player since Moses Malone in 1982-83 to average over 20 points and 15 rebounds for an entire season.

As Miami was clearing roster space to reel in its epic free agency makeover, the Timberwloves plucked away the second overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, forward Michael Beasley, for just two second round picks.

Kevin Love averaged 20.2 points and 15.2 rebounds per game and was the first Minnesota player selected to the All-Star game in four years.

Playing out of position, the 6-foot-10 Beasley shifted to small forward and averaged a career-best 19.2 points per game during his first season in Minnesota.

The duo became the second highest scoring pair of forwards in the NBA, behind Miami’s Chris Bosh and LeBron James.

Giving up seldom used swingman Corey Brewer in a deal with the Knicks, the Timberwolves added Anthony Randolph, another 6-foot-10 forward capable of coming off the bench and fill in for either Love or Beasley.

Despite all of the young talent on the roster, the Timberwolves finished with the worst record in the NBA at 17-65.

Drafting swingman Wesley Johnson with the fourth overall pick, Minnesota has seven players on its roster fighting for time at the forward position.

The addition of Ricky Rubio inflates the point guard total to four.

Allowing 107.7 points per game, most in the league, the Timberwolves lack a defensive presence even though the team ended the season as the best rebounding team.

The dismal season earned the Timberwolves the second overall pick Thursday night. The problem is the two best players in the draft are a point guard and forward.

Cleveland is likely to draft a point guard with the top overall pick, leaving Arizona forward Derrick Williams available for Minnesota.

Derrick Williams averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 assists per game during his sophomore season at Arizona.

Playing with a similar skill set to Beasley, the 6-foot-9 Williams shouldn’t have a problem carrying over his high scoring total from college. Averaging 7.5 free throw attempts, his ability to get to the free throw line makes him an asset.

Even with his height advantage as a small forward, Beasley didn’t attack the rim and attempted less than four free throws per game.

Selecting Williams would bring another forward into the mix, but also open up trade options for the Timberwovles to bring in a veteran.

Suiting up 17 different players, none over the age of 30, Minnesota has to make a move to avoid the draft lottery for the sixth consecutive season.

While Beasley and Williams make a nice combination on paper, their style of play is too redundant to have both on the roster.

Minnesota has been collecting talent for years, now it has to make something out of it.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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