You can find a full explanation of what exactly these posts entail under Part One, but I'll still give you a small rundown of what this is.
Because I don't watch or follow College Basketball too much, the main idea of this is to play to my advantage a bit. What I do is research 5-6 different sites that feature different mock drafts for the 2012 NBA Draft. I talk a bit about who those sites are saying Minnesota should select with their first round pick (18th overall). We'll talk a bit about the players they say Minnesota should be drafting and afterwards we'll give you who we (HOWL!) think the Wolves should take.
Before we get going, I'm sure you've heard, the NBA Lottery was last night, which decided where the Top 14 teams will be selecting players on draft night. Here's a full rundown of the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft...
1.) New Orleans Hornets
2.) Charlotte Bobcats
3.) Washington Wizards
4.) Cleveland Cavaliers
5.) Sacramento Kings
6.) Portland Trailblazers*
7.) Golden State Warriors
8.) Toronto Raptors
9.) Detroit Pistons
10.) New Orleans Hornets*
11.) Portland Trailblazers
12.) Milwaukee Bucks
13.) Phoenix Suns
14.) Houston Rockets
15.) Philadelphia 76ers
16.) Houston Rockets*
17.) Dallas Mavericks
18) Minnesota Timberwolves*
19.) Orlando Magic
20.) Denver Nuggets
21.) Boston Celtics
22.) Boston Celtics*
23.) Atlanta Hawks
24.) Cleveland Cavaliers*
25.) Memphis Grizzlies
26.) Indiana Pacers
27.) Miami Heat
28.) Oklahoma City Thunder
29.) Chicago Bulls
30.) Golden State Warriors*
All right, on to part two of MOCK DRAFTS AROUND THE NET! One last note, though: each of the mock drafts we researched have been updated since the Lottery was set last night.
Chad Ford, ESPN
18th Overall: Austin Rivers, SG, 6-4, 199lbs., Duke
-The Timberwolves' biggest need remains in the 'wing' department, specifically the two-guard. Rivers may not fall this low, but if he did, he'd be a a great get at 18th. He's a great shooter who has some great ball handling skills. Some see him as more of a point guard, if he comes to Minnesota he'll need to get comfortable playing without the ball. However he's the type of capable ball handling off-guard the Wolves 'crave'. Playing with Ricky Rubio would definitely help his game. NBA Comparison: O.J. Mayo
18th Overall: Dion Waiters, SG, 6-4, 210lbs., Syracuse
-Recently, Waiters has been getting some "lotto buzz" and could certainly slip into the Top 14. The scouts seem to be split on his upside and potential. Last season, Waiters was one of the nation's very best Sixth Man. He brings instant offense off the bench. Clearly that's something that the Minnesota Timberwolves have lacked in quite some time. NBA Comparison: Dominique Jones
18th Overall: Quincy Miller, SF, 6-9, 200lbs., Baylor
-Miller tore his ACL a while back and that certainly has hurt his 'stock'. Post-ACL tear, he has been nowhere near as athletic (obviously not uncommon). Out of high school he was a Top 5 player in that 'class'. There have been reports recently that he's looked quite improved in recent workouts. Could be one of the big sleepers in this season's draft. NBA Comparison: Austin Daye
18th Overall: Arnett Moultrie, PF, 6-11, 225lbs., Mississippi State
-Moultrie is a long athletic big man. He's a solid rebounder who also has some good range on his jumper (especially considering he's a 6-11 big man). Even more so than Quincy Miller, Moultrie could be an even bigger 'sleeper' in next month's draft. I don't know that drafting another power forward is the best decision. Clearly the needs stands at shooting guard & small forward and beyond that? Possibly a backup center. NBA Comparison: Jordan Hill
18th Overall: Moe Harkless, SF, 6-8, 190lbs., St. John's
-This is a new addition to our "Around the Net" posts. They have the Wolves taking Harkless at 18 in next month's draft. Moe is a talented and very athletic small forward, who at 6-8 is big for a 3. He seems to be improving as a shooter and because he's 6-8 he's also a good rebounder. Just looking at his measurements (6-8, 190lbs.), former TWolf Corey Brewer seems to come to mind! NBA Comparison: James Posey
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In our last post, HOWL talked about how we felt the Timberwolves should trade the pick for a veteran wing player. I still feel the same, though I decided to go the other route and pick a player in this draft class that I feel could potentially help Minnesota next season.
18th Overall: Terrence Ross, SG, 6-6, 190lbs., Washington
-I'm not so certain that Ross will drop this low. Most mock drafts have him somewhere in the 12-16 range. If he's available, he's likely the best prospect available at 18. He's a great three-point shooter, who has the potential to someday be a star. Along with his great shooting stroke, he's also got great size (6-6) for a two-guard. As I write this it seems less and less likely he'd fall to #18. I guess I just didn't want to list any of the same players that were above. I also wouldn't mind Minnesota taking Dion Waiters or Moe Harkless.
Prospects that have been in the conversation for Minnesota at 18: Dion Waiters, Quincy Miller, Moe Harkless, Austin Rivers, Terrence Ross, Meyers Leonard & Arnett Moultrie.
Well, that's all we've got for now, but as we draw closer to the NBA Draft we'll have a few more additions to these posts. At least a Part Three & Four will be coming your way in the next month, so stay tuned for those!
Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!