As such, we're bringing you the fourth part of our Mock Drafts 'Around the Net' segment. If you haven't read/seen the first three parts, you can find those here: PART ONE---PART TWO---PART THREE.
I've explained what exactly these posts entail in the first three parts, so as per usual, I'll explain this all again...
Because I don't watch a lot of College Basketball, I've decided upon this format, to play into my wheelhouse. What I do, is research 7-10 mock drafts and present to you, who they think Minnesota should/will be drafting next Thursday, with the 18th overall pick. We talk a bit about each player and we end we what we (HOWL) think the TWolves should do with that 18th pick.
We will almost certainly have one last post in this section (a part five) before Thursday night.
Let's begin, like in part three, we've combined the mock drafts that have Minnesota taking the same player at 18.
Chad Ford, ESPN (6.20.12)
18th: Fab Melo, C, 7'0"/255lbs., 22 yrs. old, Syracuse
-The Minnesota Timberwolves' biggest need remains an athletic shot-blocking center that can backup Nikola Pekovic at the 5. If some of the better wings in the draft are off the board by 18, the Wolves could look at a reserve big man (I assume they'd trade the pick before selecting Melo). Fab Melo is considered a bit of a project and it'll likely still be a year or two before he'd be a capable starter (though he did impress scouts in Indiana this past week).
DraftExpress (6.20.12); Sam Amick, SI (6.20.12)
18th: Terrence Ross, SG, 6'7"/197lbs., 21 yrs. old, Washington
-Ross would be the TWolves' ideal pick at 18. He's a sharpshooter and could develop into a go-to scorer. Pairing Ricky Rubio with a capable finisher, would improve Minnesota overnight. He's also a solid defender and has size to play both wing positions. He'll fill a huge need and a big upgrade over Martell Webster & Wesley Johnson. Unfortunately, Ross is rising up the boards and there's a VERY good chance he won't be available out of the lottery.
SheridanHoops (6.16.12); ProBasketballDraft (6.20.12); nbadraft.net (6.21.12); CBSSports--Goodman (6.21.12); InsideHoops (6.17.12)
18th: Moe Harkless, SF, 6'9"/252lbs., 19 yrs. old, St. John's
-Five mock drafts on the web right now, agree that the Minnesota Timberwolves should select Moe Harkless with the 18th pick in next week's draft. Moe has a versatile skillset and a high motor. He posses toughness, defensive intensity, rebounding and a steadily-improving offensive game--he'd mesh perfectly with Ricky Rubio & Kevin Love and fill a gaping hole at the 3.
18th: Quincy Miller, SF, 6'10"/219lbs., 19 yrs. old, Baylor
-With legitimate concerns about his knee (tore his ACL during his HS senior season), he's being projected as a late first-round pick. Had he not messed up his knee he could potentially be a Top 10 talent. He's recovering some of his explosiveness and has a great touch and instincts as a shot-maker. Miller is the kind of low-risk, high-reward player in the Draft (depending on where he's drafted...18 may be a bit high). At 6'10", there are also concerns about what position he'll play, I think we can all agree that the TWolves have plenty of 'tweeners' as it is.
HOWL! A MnTWolves Basketball Site! (6.21.12)
18th: Ross or Moe.
I wouldn't mind the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting Terrence Ross (if he's available) or Moe Harkless. However, I'd say there's a VERY GOOD chance that this pick is dealt before next week--or in a draft-night deal. I've said it before (in these posts), an accomplished veteran wing that can be an immediate impact player. Memphis' Rudy Gay, Philly's Andre Iguodala or Evan Turner, Boston's Paul Pierce, Atlanta's Josh Smith, Chicago's Luol Deng, Dallas' Shawn Marion, Denver's Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince or Rodney Stuckey, Houston's Kevin Martin, Indiana's Danny Granger, Sacramento's Tyreke Evans or Marcus Thornton or Toronto's DeMar DeRozan. Those are a number of players that Minnesota could swing a deal paired with the 18th pick and likely a few guys (like Wes Johnson, J.J. Barea, Darko Milicic etc.).
That's all for now, stay tuned for Part Five late next week! Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!