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Timberwolves Draft Is So-So

            Getting Better ?

The Minnesota Timberwolves evidently weren’t able to pull off a trade to move up in the draft and unload disgruntled all-star Kevin Love.  I would’ve offered Love to the Lakers for their pick at number 7 and taken the man they picked Julius Randle.  He’s not the outside shooter Love is, but would be an improvement defensively and I think will average a double double in the pros with his super strength.  I didn’t understand the first pick Minnesota made at number 13.  Zach Levine wasn’t a terrible pick necessarily, but you would like your first round pick to help you right away and  everything I have read says Levine has tremendous upside and is super athletic, but is not NBA ready now. Levine was a point guard in high school and primarily was a shooting guard at UCLA where he didn’t start. He opted to go pro after playing just one year in college.  Sound familiar ?  Kevin Love did the same thing.  But Love had an NBA body and Levine needs to get stronger.  While working out for the Lakers he reportedly had a 46 inch running vertical.  Levine’s father played football in the USFL and NFL and his mom was an outstanding college softball player.  He grew up in Washington state where he was the 2013 Mr. Basketball.  Troubling in my mind is the fact he didn’t score double figures in 14 of the final 18 games of UCLA’s season and scored a total of 11 points over their last five games while going o for 8 from three point range.  You might recall I mentioned Glenn Robinson the third in the pre-draft blog I posted about my favorite picks.  Again super athletic and the T-Wolves do need to get better in that department.  The Michigan star’s vertical is also impressive with the top standing vertical at the combine in Chicago last month.  36.5 inches and his running vertical was 44.  Minnesota’s third pick was Alessandro Gentile of Italy who is under contract with an Italian professional team through 2015. So all in all I would say Flip’s draft was so-so and I sure hope I’m proven wrong.  The guard obsession also continued.  Since 2004 Minnesota has made 31 picks in the draft and 15 of them have been guards.  What do you think ?  How would you grade the Minnesota draft ?

 

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