I've explained exactly what these posts entail in the first two parts, so...I'll just go ahead and do it again! Basically I designed this format to give multiple perspectives and to play in my favor. Because I don't watch a lot of college basketball, I'm not as familiar with the College players as I am with NBA players. As such, it's hard to present a mock draft to you, that makes any sense. So, what I do is, I research 7-10 mock drafts 'around the net' and give you their perspectives on who the Minnesota Timberwolves should be drafting come June 28th. Then, after those, I present HOWL's selection.
I hope you enjoy, feel free to leave any feedback in the comments section!
Usually we break this down mock draft by mock draft, but because we took a look at so many this time, the mock drafts that have the Wolves selected the same player at #18 will be combined....
Chad Ford, ESPN (6.13.12); DraftExpress (6.9.12); SheridanHoops (6.9.12); NBA.com (6.13.12); ProBasketballDraft (6.13.12)
18th: Terrence Ross, SG, 6'7"/197lbs., 21, Washington
-The Timberwolves' biggest need remains in the wing department. Ross is big for a shooting guard (6'7") and he's a capable defender. His real asset? A sharpshooter from three, a great athlete and could develop into a go-to scorer. At #18, he'd be a STEAL! See the previous post under this "News" section entitled TWolves' Dream Scenario, which talks all about Terrence Ross!
Sam Amick, SI (6.13.12)
18th: John Henson, PF, 6'11"/216lbs., 21, North Carolina
-Sam Amick's mock draft for Sports Illustrated, is the lowest I've seen John Henson going in the end of this month's draft. Nearly every other draft that I've looked at are in agreement that the Detroit Pistons will likely be taking Henson with the 9th overall pick! I REALLY doubt that Henson falls this far! Nonetheless, Henson is a player that has real defensive impact on the floor, last season he averaged 2.9bpg and in '10-'11 he averaged 3.2. He's an excellent rim defender and because he's so athletic he could easily get out and run, with Ricky Rubio.
18th: Tyler Zeller, C, 7'0"/247lbs., North Carolina
-The majority of mock drafts have Zeller going quite higher in the draft (likely, lottery-bound for either Milwaukee or Houston--both in need of big men). Zeller runs the floor well and has a nice touch around the rim. The highest I've seen him going is #8 and most have him off the board by #14. Beyond shooting guard and small forward, the Minnesota Timberwolves biggest need is a backup big man to play behind Nikola Pekovic.
Jeff Goodman, CBSSports (6.11.12)
18th: Moe Harkless, SF, 6'8"/207lbs., 19, St. John's
-Harkless is a talented athlete who has a lot of toughness and tremendous upside. For a 6'8" forward he's got a great handle and a great footwork. He's got range out to 20 feet and on the defensive end he's GREAT at playing the passing lanes, deflecting passes and wreaking havoc.
Hoopshype (5.31.12); InsideHoops (6.1.12)
18th: Dion Waiters, SG, 6'4"/221lbs., 20, Syracuse
-Word is that Dion Waiters has a promise from a team somewhere in the lottery. Word is, that it's for the Toronto Raptors, however they have denied that report. As you can see, Hoopshype & InsideHoops did these mock drafts over two weeks ago, so things HAVE changed. Nonetheless, Waiters is a tough player who can get to the basket and create his own shot. He was the nation's top 6th man this past season, has great potential to become a go-to scorer and provide instant offense.
HOWL! (....yeah....right now)
18th: Terrence Ross
-If Terrence Ross is available at #18, TAKE HIM! If not, there's a very good chance that David Kahn will swing a deal to send that 18th pick to a team in exchange for a veteran player. A team like the Houston Rockets for maybe Kevin Martin and one of Houston's picks. Or maybe to Philadelphia in a deal for Andre Iguodala, Memphis for Rudy Gay etc. Obviously for Minnesota to obtain a player like Iguodala or Gay, they'd have to sweeten the deal a bit more, other players, whatnot.
I wouldn't mind the the Wolves taking Ross, Waiters, Royce White or Moe Harkless. Any four of them could fill a need at either shooting guard or small forward. Though, for Royce White, he seems a bit too much like Derrick Williams for my liking. Just because he's a tweener and who knows if he'll be able to defend small forwards at the NBA-level.
That's all for now, with the NBA Draft right around two weeks away, we'll likely bringing one to possibly two more Mock Drafts "Around the Net". Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!