NBA Mock Draft 2011

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2. Minnesota Timberwolves — Derrick Williams/F, Arizona

Man is it painful to be a Wolves fan or what? Not only do they consistentaly get shafted on good draft picks, they never get any better. Wolves fans droned when they got the two pick in what has been called a one player deep lottery. That is such Wolves luck, but Williams is a nice second prize. The fact is though, the Wolves don’t need another forward they need someone to feed the ball to Michael Beasley and Kevin Love. The signing of Ricky Rubio eases the pain of picking second but really how much pain is there to be had when you own the second pick. I think the Wolves should trade down into the draft hot spot(picks 8-11) but with (finally) the addition of Rubio at guard, the need for one isn’t as dire. The second pick is where the draft starts to me which is why I am talking about it at length; after all a signature of the NBA Draft is trades. Minnesota and Phoenix almost struck a deal to send Steve Nash to Minnesota to mentor the young Rubio, but even the two teams involved thought that was a poor idea. The Wolves were hot after JaVale McGee and the Wizards 6th pick, but Washington has steadfastly declined the proposal. Minnesota deep down wants to dump this pick for a proven player but with David Kahn, trades have not been his strong suit and had Rubio not signed, neither would his drafting skills.

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