In the Wolves a lot of things are extremely counterintuitive. At first sight someone like Zach, Rubio or even KAT may seem like a good fit for a quicker pace and the extra possessions are cool with the idea of three young players "getting it" sooner, losing fear of heavy loads of shots and responsibility.
It just doesn't work that way. Right now, a lot of quality players in the squad don't have the minimum resources needed-minutes, touches, bunnies- to function at a reasonable rate- it's not only about the big three, almost everybody is underachieving. The players with the most varied weaponry-i.e. Rubio and Bjelica- have poor usages and they seem to have orders to heavily adapt their game. I don't have qualms to see the European player adapt to the local young product...when he is a surefire HoFer. If not, earn your damn stripes!
There are two types of teams in the NBA. The ones who build talent and the ones who fantasize about potential. When I see Zach I see a best case scenario of "The Beard" and I don't like Harden at all to start with. Also, Zach is far from a lock to get nowhere near that vicinity. People seem not to take into account his inability to start or even search for contact. That's half your game in the NBA as a SG and he's pretty bad for a guy using all that possessions. IMO the ability to get fouls is also defense, it helps to modify the pace to your interest and to take important players out of the game for stretches; also being in the bonus limits gambles.
I loved Joe Smith. I don't like Dieng, like at all- his backcourt violation yesterday defines him pretty well, IMO. Probably if the under the table deal flied under the radar and Smith got all the moolah I would hate him with a passion. A player is a formula of money vs. production. Period. At some point Joe got a clear idea of who he was and the role he had to play. Hell, I have doubts about Dieng altering the game more than Rasho; that's why I tend to call him Gorgui Blount, prime example of empty stats and happy owner of a "desperate GM contract".
So, I take offense with the way the Wolves have been constructed. Rubio may feel Dunn blowing on his neck but the other four seem set into stone. To me, Wiggins and KAT are worth investigating because they seem like players who like, or at least don't actively avoid, contact and may get to neutral or positive IQ. A 6-18 team should be way more fluid when it comes to the rotation anyway.
Probably if I'm a decent player I would want out and if I'm getting traded to the Wolves I wouldn't want to go there. It's an absurd scenario where three/four guys get to enjoy all the nice stuff- points and boards- with disregard to every other area while the coach turns a blind eye to mistakes which would make a coach yell..at a 10 years old. A bizarro world where pounds are irrelevant and a pretty shot from time to time trumps the ability to attack the post, look for the angles to get calls and those vintage things that eventually help you to find those open three pointers everybody loves.