2011 NBA Mock Draft: Will the Minnesota Timberwolves Be Big Winners of Draft?

2011 NBA Mock Draft Says Minnesota Could Walk Away Biggest Winners at Draft

While many anticipate Kyrie Irving to be the first name called on draft night, there is still a small cloud of uncertainty surrounding the Cavaliers' decision with the No. 1 pick.

That particular cloud happens to be cast by the Cavaliers themselves as they have yet to tell Irving that he will be pick at No. 1.

We know there is a number of people inside the Cleveland organization that really like Derrick Williams and one could argue that selecting him at No. 1, and a point guard like Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker at No. 4, would be a better trade off than taking Irving and Enes Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas or whichever player they decide to take at No. 4.

But Cleveland's plight only concerns the Timberwolves with minimal impact. Both players, Irving and Williams, play positions that are currently held by talented youngsters to begin with, but that will not stop Minnesota from taking whichever player is available.


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According to ESPN college basketball analyst Andy Katz, the Timberwolves are ready to pounce on whichever player the Cavaliers elect to pass on.

Katz writes:

The Minnesota Timberwolves, meanwhile, won't let Williams or Irving slip beyond No. 2. Sources with knowledge of the situation say that if the Cavaliers pick Irving at No. 1, the Timberwolves will take Williams at No. 2.

And the ramifications either way leave the T-Wolves stocked with talent at either position as Katz explains:

and (Minnesota) don't plan on trading Michael Beasley or Anthony Randolph ... even with the impending arrival of Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves would hold onto the Irving asset and likely command a number of suitors. Reserve point guard Jonny Flynn then would be on the trade block. 

Although Rubio was drafted in 2009, the same year as Johnny Flynn, his entrance into the NBA (if he actually shows up) will forever be linked to this draft class.

Either player, Williams or Irving, will make a substantial impact for Minnesota from day one and they still have another pick at No. 20 to build with.

A combination of Irving/Williams, Rubio, and a player at No. 20 (potential targets include: Donatas Motiejunas, Marshon Brooks, Tyler Honeycutt, Kenneth Faried, Nikola Mirotic, Charles Jenkins and Davis Bertans) will really liven things up in Minnesota for the future.

The luxury of the No. 2 and No. 20 picks is that they can take a shot on a risky player, whether American or international, and still have a legitimate player from the No. 2 pick.

A lot of teams have multiple first round selections this year, but Minnesota could walk away with the year's best draft.

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