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Old 01-15-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default How do you turn this team around?

What, in your opinion, would turn the Timberwolves around? Is there a specific player that will be available via free agency or trade that you think they should go after? Are there any players on the current roster that you think need to be traded? Or do you think they will make some steady improvements once Foye gets back?

I would go with the latter. I think that once they bring back Foye, the team will start to mesh, and they can start sorting out who can stay and who should go. Thoughts? (This is where you can get the opportunity to rant, disgruntled Minny fans!)
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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we NEED a true center. whether its through the draft, a trade, or free agency we just need someone respectable playing the position
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:16 PM   #3
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Draft well in 2008 and after that work hard to keep the team together. If you can do that, they're a young team. There's nothing wrong with them other than that they're inexperienced and need a chance to gel together. Keep them together, add another superstar via draft, and watch the chemical reaction lead to wins.
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Draft well in 2008 and after that work hard to keep the team together. If you can do that, they're a young team. There's nothing wrong with them other than that they're inexperienced and need a chance to gel together. Keep them together, add another superstar via draft, and watch the chemical reaction lead to wins.

Who do you all think they should draft? They'll likely have a top ten pick, and probably even top five, so who should they go after? My list of possible candidates:
  • DeAndre Jordan, C, Texas A&M
  • Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis
  • Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, France
  • Michael Beasley, SF/PF, Kansas State
  • O.J. Mayo, PG/SG, USC
  • Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown
  • Brook Lopez, PF/C, Stanford
Of those prospects, I think Jordan would benefit them the most. He would offer another low-post threat, but he would also take a while to develop. Rose wouldn't be a bad PG for the offense, but Foye's the future starter there, so he might be out of the question. Mayo's there just because he can take control of the offense and create shots for himself. Hibbert has a soft touch on his shot, and can play a bit of defense. Minnesota would only take him if they traded down or had a pick lower than 7-8. Batum's a potential pick, Beasley is talented but doesn't work hard, and Lopez won't be drafted in the top 7-8 either.
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Who do you all think they should draft? They'll likely have a top ten pick, and probably even top five, so who should they go after? My list of possible candidates:
  • DeAndre Jordan, C, Texas A&M
  • Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis
  • Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, France
  • Michael Beasley, SF/PF, Kansas State
  • O.J. Mayo, PG/SG, USC
  • Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown
  • Brook Lopez, PF/C, Stanford
Of those prospects, I think Jordan would benefit them the most. He would offer another low-post threat, but he would also take a while to develop. Rose wouldn't be a bad PG for the offense, but Foye's the future starter there, so he might be out of the question. Mayo's there just because he can take control of the offense and create shots for himself. Hibbert has a soft touch on his shot, and can play a bit of defense. Minnesota would only take him if they traded down or had a pick lower than 7-8. Batum's a potential pick, Beasley is talented but doesn't work hard, and Lopez won't be drafted in the top 7-8 either.

I'd go Beasley. He and Al Jefferson would make a nasty combo. My 2nd choice is Rose, simply because I think he's the 2nd best player. Nothing helps a team turn around more than a new PG. The only reason I feel safe putting Beasley in first is because we already have Foye to play PG.

We could have a very young, potential filled line-up

Foye
Brewer
Michael Beasley
Al Jefferson
Craig Smith

Like I put, you could even play Beasley as a SF and run a bigger line-up with Craig Smith at Center.
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what do you think about taking eric gordon at pg?
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what do you think about taking eric gordon at pg?

I think he plays more like a shooting guard. However, so does Randy Foye. They're both hybrids so I believe that they could both play point guard together if on the court at the same time. Actually, it would be a very nice combo. I'm a big Gordon fan. I like his attitude and think he's xtremely talented. He's my #3 behind Beasley and Rose.
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I think he plays more like a shooting guard. However, so does Randy Foye. They're both hybrids so I believe that they could both play point guard together if on the court at the same time. Actually, it would be a very nice combo. I'm a big Gordon fan. I like his attitude and think he's xtremely talented. He's my #3 behind Beasley and Rose.

That's giving up a lot of size on defense, though. If they're going to get an SG, I think they need to get one with size, because they've also got Rashad McCants, who's like 6'4", right?
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when randy foye comes back. we'll double the wins.
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ughhh when IS he coming back
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i hope the 1st week of February.
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i hope the 1st week of February.

Hopefully three months is a long enough time to get some chemistry and an idea of who should be traded/released this offseason.
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That's giving up a lot of size on defense, though. If they're going to get an SG, I think they need to get one with size, because they've also got Rashad McCants, who's like 6'4", right?

That's true but Foye and Gordon are both pretty decent outside defenders. Size doesn't mean much on defense as long as you have the inside presence to back it up. We have would have quick guards, and Jefferson, Craig Smith, and (one of the best, most underrated inside defenders in the league) Theo Ratliff inside in case they get beat. Also, adding a defensive minded small forward (Andrei Kirilenko, Andres Nocioni, or Shawn Marion-esque) and a better back-up center to the roster over the offseason might not be a bad idea, but a Gordon-Foye backcourt is definitly possible, and could be effective if utilized.
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That's true but Foye and Gordon are both pretty decent outside defenders. Size doesn't mean much on defense as long as you have the inside presence to back it up. We have would have quick guards, and Jefferson, Craig Smith, and (one of the best, most underrated inside defenders in the league) Theo Ratliff inside in case they get beat. Also, adding a defensive minded small forward (Andrei Kirilenko, Andres Nocioni, or Shawn Marion-esque) and a better back-up center to the roster over the offseason might not be a bad idea, but a Gordon-Foye backcourt is definitly possible, and could be effective if utilized.

I don't think they need to bring in one of the above mentioned players. They are in a rebuilding mode, and if they're looking for a defensive minded small forward, why not Corey Brewer?
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I don't think they need to bring in one of the above mentioned players. They are in a rebuilding mode, and if they're looking for a defensive minded small forward, why not Corey Brewer?

I didn't mean those players specifically. Just a player like that. Corey Brewer would definitely work if he can prove he can bang inside. I can't reasonable ask for us to go after Kirilenko or Marion, but a SF like that would be important. Even Quinton Ross of the Clippers or DeShawn Stevenson of Washington could fill the role.
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