Dante was ranked at #298 a season ago and the fact that he rose only 16 spots despite a breakout year in which he was Minnesota's utility man, showed off his defensive prowess, hustle/energy and deadly mid-range jumper; is ridiculous. Especially when we see him ranked behind guys like Matt Bonner and Steve Novak who can only shoot threes...and that's it!!
Dante checks in at #282 with an average score of 3.50. I think anyone who watched a lot of Wolves games last season knows that he should be higher than this, I was thinking more high 100's/low 200's.
My biggest concern for Dante heading into this season is playing time. There's no doubt that Dante was someone that Rick Adelman likes A LOT, but with Kevin Love returning and the Wolves adding depth at both small forward and center, where/when will Dante play? I would still like to see him on the court 15-20 minutes a night and I know he'll play hard enough to earn those minutes, but I guess we'll wait and see.
Beyond Peković, Dante is certainly one of my favorite Wolves, although I like any player that leaves it all on the court--hustles to loose balls, dives on the floor, doesn't give up on plays and simply works hard. It's what made me like Anthony Tolliver and Dante and it's what's going to make me like Ronny Turiaf too.
I think we'll see Rick experiment with a lot of different lineups in the preseason and it'll be intriguing to see how many of those feature Dante Cunningham.