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Kris Dunn Actually Had a Good Rookie Season

          How can Kris Dunn had a good season with the Timberwolves if statistically he is not even a good player? Dunn's average are...

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kris Dunn Actually Had a Good Rookie Season

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          How can Kris Dunn had a good season with the Timberwolves if statistically he is not even a good player? Dunn's average are 3.8 PPG, 2.4 APG, 2.1 RPG, .5 BPG, 1.0 SPG at 17.1 MPG which resulted into an 8.13 Player Efficiency Rating. Thibs drafted him because he thought to be the replacement of Ricky Rubio this season in which he actually is not as of the moment. So what did Kris Dunn actually contributed to the team? and how is his season considered to be a good one?

His Defensive Contribution

          Although not shown statistically through steals and blocks, Kris Dunn is one of out best defenders in the the team in fact he is 2nd to Gorgui Dieng (Well he is 12th in the League in Defensive Points Saved) according to NBA Math. Still not good enough? He is ranked 3rd out of the 88 first year players when it comes to defensive contribution coming after Joel Embiid and Dorian Finney-Smith, which is first and second respectively. What he can't contribute in offense is made up with his defensive efforts in the court.

          Still not good enough? He is in the top 100 in the league that contributes mostly in defense (76th to be exact) in which players like Alex Len, Manu Ginobli, Clint Capela are ranked lower than him.

          So where does he go from here? Kris Dunn is 23 years old what he showed in the Summer League was not seen in the season, although he have good games in which he almost had a triple-double vs. Denver and his last game which he had a double-double with 16 assist against Houston, he need to be consistent not only in defense but also in offense. Having difficulties transitioning his A-game to the league he shot awfully having 37% FG percentage and 28.8% 3PT.

          Being a shutdown defender is there. What he needs to be a perfect starting point guard is to start improving his offensive skills this offseason. He might also want to take up some pointers with Ricky Rubio about improving his passing skills to have an offensive improvement overall. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Free Agency Series: Derrick Rose and Why He Does Not Fit.

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          The rumors regarding about the Minnesota Timberwolves trying to lure Derrick Rose out of New York this offseason might be one of the biggest names linked to us, aside from having P.J. Tucker being interested in joining us next season. However signing Derrick Rose might make the team worst rather than do better in many ways.

We Already Three Point Guards

          Having Ricky Rubio as a starter and both Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones share minutes together at the point guard position, by adding Derrick Rose to the lineup it would be hard to mix up the minutes with these 4 people, and moving someone at the shooting guard position won't be a good option as the best 3pt shooter out of the four will be Ricky Rubio.

He Will Be a Liability

          Derrick Rose's career is plagued with injuries. Torn his right meniscus twice, torn his ACL in the left knee. Now he torn his left meniscus. I don't think his knees will hold up for a full season with the team, even though he contributes to the game the Timberwolves cannot afford another season ending injury with him again. 

He Will Just Take Up a Lot of Cap Space

          Derrick Rose will be entering his first free agency after 8 years being in the NBA, Rose is expected to be seeking to have a bigger contract. But in the news report Derrick Rose is willing to accept a pay cut, the question is how much is he willing to get in order to agree a contract? It does not matter because he will still take a lot of our cap space. Why spend our big portion of the $32,000,000 cap space on one player? A cap so big we can sign 2 or 3 veteran role players.


          Not unless Derrick Rose wants to accept a huge pay cut and a bench role, I don't think Derrick Rose would be a great fit with the Minnesota Timberwolves. We really need to improve our 3 point shooting and defense and he can't provide both of it, even Ricky Rubio is a better 3 point shooter than Rose. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Timberwolves' D-League Affiliate will get a New Identity.

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          According to Travis Hine's tweet Iowa Energy is set to have a makeover due to the acquisition of the Minnesota Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor. The new identity of the Iowa Energy will include the name, logos, and woodmarks.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Other Options If Rubio Asked for a Trade

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          There is  news circulating around the web that Ricky Rubio has changed agent from Dan Fegen to Jeff Schwartz which can signify a trade since the new agent is more experienced agent, adding up to the news Darren Wolfson have a source telling that Ricky Rubio is demanding for a trade out of Minnesota. Maybe all the trade rumors each season got to him making him feel bad about both the fans and management.

          But setting it aside if Rubio is gone with the team it would set the franchise back on square one, having a glaring hole in the Point Guard position will most likely make the team less fluid, also Rubio is the leader in the team although he is still a 26 years old he is the longest Wolf in the team (aside from Pekovic). He is a pass first point guard which is rare in the league. Without him the team will be at a disadvantage on both ends on the floor.

          Assuming that Kris Dunn is not yet ready to assume the role as a starter and also assuming that we only receive draft picks and a bench player out of Ricky Rubio as we all know we won't get an equal amount of value if Rubio really wants out of the team, We still have a lot of options on filling the point guard position this offseason.

Plan A : Signing a Free Agent
          This should be really our first option as this upcoming Offseason a lot of key point guards are available in the market also almost all of them are Unrestricted Free Agents. With this we surely know that we are not making a gamble as we have seen what they can do in the league. But who can replace Ricky Rubio? Well eliminating some of the Free Agents like Steph Curry, Chris Paul, and Kyle Lowry because obviously they want to play for the best contending team possible what we have left is.

1.  Jeff Teague - 15.3 PPG, 7.8 APG, 4.0 RPG, 1.2 APG  19.24 PER

     Jeff Teague has proven that he is a good player even if not playing for the Hawks he is also an experienced basketball player playing for eight seasons in the league, which his season in Indiana being his best season yet even at the age of 28. Even though he will be an Unrestricted Free Agent there would still be a possibility that he will re-sign with his hometown team which is the Pacers. But who knows the Pacers are looking for a change as they got eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

2. Patty Mills -  9.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 1.8 RPG, .8 SPG   15.28 PER

     Is Patty Mills ready to take a starting role in to another team next season? Right now he proved to us that he can fill up the place of Tony Parker in Spurs after his injury. Still young at 28 Patty Mills can run the floor very well. Also good at the defensive end having a .011 Defensive Win Share rating in the NBA. If the contract is right him playing for the team might be possible.

3. Jrue Holiday - 15.4 PPG,  7.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, 1.5 SPG  17.19 PER

     The Timberwolves might be taking a gamble by signing Jrue Holiday as he have yet to play for a whole season due to being prone to injury as his last 82 games season was his 2nd year in the league. He might be also the most expensive option out of the three players. But he can be the point guard we need as he is much a better shooter than Ricky Rubio.  

Plan B : Drafting a Point Guard
          Not the best of the options as the Timberwolves will be having a gamble yet again. Having to draft a unproven point guard might make or break the Timberwolves future again. Also there still might be a lot of better players aside from what we need. It is always a good option of drafting the best fit for the team rather than drafting someone hoping to replace another starter.

1. De'Aaaron Fox - 16.7 PPG, 4.6 APG, 4.0 RPG, 1.5 SPG 

     Likely to be pick before out turn to pick in the Draft. De'Aaron Fox is the 3rd Best Point Guard available in the draft right after Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Although being 3rd in the ranking he is one of the best point guards out there. The downside is he won't provide as the 3pt shooting we need as he prefers to be driving to the basket.

2. Dennis Smith Jr. - 18.1 PPG, 6.2 APG, 4.6 RPG, 1.9 SPG

     The 4th best point guard in the draft might be a better option for us, as Dennis Smith Jr. have both the physical tools and potential to be the better point guards out there. However his decision making between plays is needs to improve in order to start in the NBA, as his Turn Overs per game is 3.3. His defense is also a question.

3. Frank Ntilikina -  5.2 PPG, 1.4 APG, 2.1 RPG, .8 SPG

     At the age of 18 Frank Ntilikina is still raw on his game but has the physical tools to become successful in the NBA, at 6'5" and a Wingspan of 7 ft. Playing only 18.2 MPG Ntilikina did not failed to show his best. Playing unselfish basketball he is one of rawest Pure Point Guards in the draft.

          I would still prefer signing a Free Agent if Rubio decides to be traded. Besides we still have Kris Dunn to develop his game as he is a good defensive player the only thing left is to increase his production on par with his minutes. The Ricky Rubio news is not yet official but the good thing is we have something to fall back with just in case it happens.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Who Would be Available at the 7th Pick?

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          The Minnesota Timberwolves unsurprisingly have moved up again in the NBA Draft Lottery. Originally positioned to pick 6th in the Draft we are now picking at 7th in this upcoming Draft in June. The Timberwolves have never improved position in the NBA Draft, dropping 11 times out of the 21 Draft Lotteries that the Timberwolves have participated. The good thing about moving up is we will have a cheaper rookie contract on whoever will we pick up with it.

          But at 7th we still have a lot of talented Basketball Players to choose from. Setting aside the obvious top picks namely Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, and De'Aaron Fox ( Assuming that Draft Workouts from NBA teams won't affect the Draft) they are pretty much set to be chosen ahead before its our turn. So who will be available for us when out time is ticking? (Ranked at best fit for the team).

1. Jonathan Isaac (SF/PF)
          Standing at 6'10" and a 7'1" Wingspan, Jonathan Isaac might be one of the best defensive prospect out there if not the best. With a 9 ft standing reach his body is good defensively but he needs to bulk up a lot of weight before the NBA season starts. The Timberwolves seriously need to improve their interior defense as Karl-Anthony Towns is not enough to protect the rim, and he might be the fix the team is looking for. Although know for his defensive ability he is also good in the offensive end, averaging 12 PPG at 59 FG% and 34.8% 3PT% he is efficient with his shot.

2. Lauri Markkanen (PF/C)
          Dubbed as the next Dirk Nowitzki for his range at the height of 7 ft. Markannen shot 54.5% from the inside and and 42.2% from the outside making 1.9 triples out of his 4.4 Attempts. If the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted him, he and Towns would create a lot of space as they both can shoot from the inside and outside. The only problem is he hardly defends the paint as a 7 ft player he only average .5 BPG. Markkanen is a good offensive player but he really needs to improve his off-ball performance to make him a better fit in the Team.

3. Malik Monk (SG)
          If the Timberwolves are looking for a perimeter shooter than look no more, Malik Monk is the best perimeter shooters out there making 39.7% of his 3s in his freshmen career he once made an 8 out of his 12 3 pointers in a game also finishing 47 points in the game against UNC. The problem is with his size and built he lacks to show a defensive presence in the game. Having a smaller wingspan than his height will give him a hard time defensively. Likely to be gone before our time, if Jonathan Isaac is not available then getting Malik Monk is the 3rd best option.

Wild Card

4.  Ike Anigbogu
          Probably one of the high risk high reward players to enter the Draft. Standing at 6'10" with a Wingspan of 7'6" he averaged 4.7 PPG ,4.0 RPG, and 1.2 BPG in 13 MPG coming of the bench, Ike did not have a good amount court time because of injuries and a deep bench. But within the 13 minutes on the court he showed that he is an efficient and useful player for the Bruins. His averaged in a 40 minute game would bump up to 14.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG (4.4 ORPG),  and 3.7 BPG. He is both good offensively and defensively in the court and always shows effort to grab the offensive rebound.If he is a starter in UCLA he might be able to show that he is a Lottery Pick.


Friday, May 12, 2017

The Timberwolves Need Gallo to Complete an All-Foreigner Starting Five

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          The decision of Danilo "Gallo" Gallinari opting out of his last season is eminent as he himself said that he wants to see what his value in the Free Agency is like. The one piece that made the Carmelo Anthony shift to New York from Denver Nuggets is him and he build a pretty solid performance with them as he averaged in 6 seasons in Denver 16.83 PPG, 4.4 RPG,  2.13 APG,  .85 SPG. 31 MPG. Hoping to land a max contract this coming Free Agency period he would like get it but from what team will he play next?

Gallo is Still Young

          Gallo at 28 does not even feel like playing at his prime yet with his last 2 seasons being his highest scoring and one of his most proficient scoring seasons as he averaged .43% and .38 3PT% in his last 2 seasons in the NBA. Being young fits to the timeline of the Minnesota Timberwolves for their future as a contender in the NBA. He can be the future veteran that the Timberwolves need as he has experienced playoff games in his tenure as a Nugget. He is also a forward that can shoot 3s even beyond the the 3 point line. 

Knows How to take Advantage with his Body

          Danilo Gallinari at 6'10" knows how to use his body from post moves to guarding smaller sized forwards during match ups. He can also guard almost any position because of his versatility in the court. One of his ability is slicing up the defense in order to score a basket when needed. 

The All-Foreigner Starting Five

          The Minnesota Timberwolves if you have not notice is the most talented team ran by almost non-american starters, making it thrilling to see how other players outside from the US can play a good game of basketball. Let us see what the Timberwolves will look like if Galinari is in the Line-Up

PG- Ricky Rubio  (Spain)
SG- Andrew Wiggins (Canada)
SF- Danilo Galinari   (Italy)
PF- Gorgui Dieng (Senegal)
C- Karl-Anthony Towns (Dominican Republic)

          Having Gallo on the line-up will complete the Starting Five of the Minnesota Timberwolves with all foreigners in the court. This can be a great basketball team that can be a talk of the town. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Free Agency Series: Is Rudy Gay the Veteran We Need?

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          After only playing 30 games with the Sacramento Kings which was cut short by a season ending injury Rudy Gay chooses to opt out to his $14,263,566, in which he intend to look for a team that he can sign for a long term deal with a considerable salary cut. According to his manager he intends to play for a team that can giver him a long term contract or even a short term one to increase his value.

Timberwolves Will Get a Steal

          Rudy Gay in his last 30 games played with Sacramento Kings averaged 18.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.5 SPG in just 33 Minutes on the court. Even thought he will become a 31 years old next season there is still a lot of fuel left in the tank.  Also what I previously stated he is willing to accept a salary deduction in order to get a long term deal, sounds a Win-Win situation with the Timberwolves. 

He Can Play a Stretch Four Position

          Rudy Gay can playe the power forward position making our team have an option to play small ball, he is more athletic and explosive compared to Gorgui Dieng. We also have the option to bench either of them depending on what play Coach Thibodeau wants the team to play.

He Will Give Us A Lot of Cap Space Left

          Previously stated on my earlier post the Timberwolves have a lot of Cap Space/Room to work with this Offseason with $33,877,654 to be exact signing Rudy Gay on the Team won't hurt the Cap Space too much because of what contract he wants. Playing on a long term deal on a budget the Timberwolves can sign a few extra pieces to improve the roster or can plan ahead with the extensions of our Stars with the Cap Space remaining with the team.