One of the newest members of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ronny Turiaf checks in at #362 in NBARank.
Turiaf played for the L.A. Clippers a season ago, splitting time at backup center with former Wolves big man Ryan Hollins. The Clips decided not to bring back Ronny and now he'll join the Wolves in Minnesota.
In his recent introductory press conference, the one thing that really got me excited was when he talked about Nikola Peković. Turiaf says he's the strongest player he's ever had to face and is looking forward to being on his team now. They will still battle each other (in practice), but Ronny sees that as a way for both players to get better. Pek will have to work harder against a decent defender like Ronny, while Turiaf will have to work harder to defend Big Pek. Both players should benefit from each other's presence.
Turiaf is pegged as the primary backup center to Peković. Rookie Gorgui Dieng could take on that role at some point in the season, but the depth chart has Ronny as the backup 5, heading into the preseason/training camp.
Turiaf's #NBARank is down from #316 a year ago, but given a bigger role in Minnesota, I think that number could be on the rise.
One thing that defines Turiaf's game is his energy and hustle. I loved Anthony Tolliver for those exact words and I think I'm going to like Turiaf just as much.