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  1. #41
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    Plenty of talent in this draft to move down a spot or two and get a good player. You think the Rubio rumors are a pain imagine Ball anywhere but in Los Angeles? I would rather have Fultz myself but I would gladly trade Ball for other parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf on the Prowl View Post
    Plenty of talent in this draft to move down a spot or two and get a good player. You think the Rubio rumors are a pain imagine Ball anywhere but in Los Angeles? I would rather have Fultz myself but I would gladly trade Ball for other parts.
    Plus, "the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree" analogy could be used. I love the kids talent but he could be problematic.

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    I keep wondering what the Wolves would do at 9 or later. Hartenstein is intriguing. I like Bridges but not sure how his game translates to the pros. Giles is pure projection with nothing else to go on. Williams is an old school center. Markkanen can't play defense. If Anunoby's rehab is going well and he at least can do a couple things before the draft I could see his stocks rising. I'm almost hoping the Wolves get the 8 position where at least they'll get someone like Isaac or Ntilikina. Moving up is too much to hope for.

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    Really good breakdown of the Bridges - Jackson matchup at the Michigan State - Kansas game.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/article/...up-video-5830/

    I think Bridges is a lot like Shabazz Muhammad with better fundamentals and a higher basketball IQ. That could be a good outcome. Bazzy has a much better wingspan though. I think he was over 7'0".

    My dream for the Wolves franchise over the next few years is to have 5 guys in the 6'6" to 6'8" range that you can play interchangeably at the 2-4 spots offensively and defensively, You already have Wiggins, Bridges or Isaac could be a 2nd, a veteran like Tucker would make sense. You could make a case for us matching a reasonable offer for Bazz at this point. Take a chance on some young guys or 2nd rounders and maybe you find a 5th but Bjelly could serve that role for a while and Dunn's defensive ability also puts him in the mix as the other guy in that rotation as you could see him with the ability to play defense on 4's in a small lineup.
    Last edited by Cory; 03-20-2017 at 06:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmirvin View Post
    Lastly, if for some reason the Wolves go on a winning streak and end up with a pick in the late lotto and miss out on all the guys above, I take a long look at OG Anunoby from Indiana. He seems like a 3&D type of player. The Wolves really need one of those guys too.
    I would take a long look at OG even if we pick in the top 10. I prefer him over Bridges, since he can likely play both forward positions (while Bridges might be stuck between positions). Perfect fit next to Wiggins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory View Post
    Really good breakdown of the Bridges - Jackson matchup at the Michigan State - Kansas game.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/article/...up-video-5830/

    I think Bridges is a lot like Shabazz Muhammad with better fundamentals and a higher basketball IQ. That could be a good outcome. Bazzy has a much better wingspan though. I think he was over 7'0".

    My dream for the Wolves franchise over the next few years is to have 5 guys in the 6'6" to 6'8" range that you can play interchangeably at the 2-4 spots offensively and defensively, You already have Wiggins, Bridges or Isaac could be a 2nd, a veteran like Tucker would make sense. You could make a case for us matching a reasonable offer for Bazz at this point. Take a chance on some young guys or 2nd rounders and maybe you find a 5th but Bjelly could serve that role for a while and Dunn's defensive ability also puts him in the mix as the other guy in that rotation as you could see him with the ability to play defense on 4's in a small lineup.
    If Bridges is essentially replacing Bazz but with better defense that doesn't seem to move the needle much. Would rather have a guy who can legitimately guard 4's and not sure Bridges can do that. Also I'm not sure I buy his shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory View Post
    Really good breakdown of the Bridges - Jackson matchup at the Michigan State - Kansas game.

    http://www.draftexpress.com/article/...up-video-5830/

    I think Bridges is a lot like Shabazz Muhammad with better fundamentals and a higher basketball IQ. That could be a good outcome. Bazzy has a much better wingspan though. I think he was over 7'0".

    My dream for the Wolves franchise over the next few years is to have 5 guys in the 6'6" to 6'8" range that you can play interchangeably at the 2-4 spots offensively and defensively, You already have Wiggins, Bridges or Isaac could be a 2nd, a veteran like Tucker would make sense. You could make a case for us matching a reasonable offer for Bazz at this point. Take a chance on some young guys or 2nd rounders and maybe you find a 5th but Bjelly could serve that role for a while and Dunn's defensive ability also puts him in the mix as the other guy in that rotation as you could see him with the ability to play defense on 4's in a small lineup.
    One thing I found interesting, during the game one of the announcers said they mentioned to Self that Jackson is very similar to Wiggins. The announcer said that Self said they are NOT similar players AT ALL. He didn't go on to describe why. Seeing how they are very comparable in size, length and athleticism, the only thing I can think of is that Wiggins was really passive while at Kansas, where Jackson seems a lot more intense. That step back 3 that Jackson hit (described in the link) looked like a carbon copy of Wiggins's. At Kansas and early in his NBA career, Wiggins seemed very timid. He's gotten a little more dog in him since and maybe that's due to gaining more confidence. Did anyone else hear the announcer mention this or have any insight as to what differences Self might have been referring to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmirvin View Post
    One thing I found interesting, during the game one of the announcers said they mentioned to Self that Jackson is very similar to Wiggins. The announcer said that Self said they are NOT similar players AT ALL. He didn't go on to describe why. Seeing how they are very comparable in size, length and athleticism, the only thing I can think of is that Wiggins was really passive while at Kansas, where Jackson seems a lot more intense. That step back 3 that Jackson hit (described in the link) looked like a carbon copy of Wiggins's. At Kansas and early in his NBA career, Wiggins seemed very timid. He's gotten a little more dog in him since and maybe that's due to gaining more confidence. Did anyone else hear the announcer mention this or have any insight as to what differences Self might have been referring to?
    I wasn't able to watch but I've always thought Jackson may be closer to MKG as a player with more hope that he will be a better offensive player when he peaks. Wiggins is/was a more refined offensive player but like you said, less aggressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmirvin View Post
    One thing I found interesting, during the game one of the announcers said they mentioned to Self that Jackson is very similar to Wiggins. The announcer said that Self said they are NOT similar players AT ALL. He didn't go on to describe why. Seeing how they are very comparable in size, length and athleticism, the only thing I can think of is that Wiggins was really passive while at Kansas, where Jackson seems a lot more intense. That step back 3 that Jackson hit (described in the link) looked like a carbon copy of Wiggins's. At Kansas and early in his NBA career, Wiggins seemed very timid. He's gotten a little more dog in him since and maybe that's due to gaining more confidence. Did anyone else hear the announcer mention this or have any insight as to what differences Self might have been referring to?
    He's really been the opposite of Wiggins. Jackson is a very good ballhandler with excellent court vision. He racks up assists, rebounds, steals and blocks, and is always engaged on the defensive end. Until more recently, scoring has been more of an afterthought to his game.

    Jackson's FT% is worrisome, but its interesting that a guy who was often described as having a completely broken jumper actually now has his 3pt% up higher than Wiggins did in his freshman year.

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    I'm a little surprised Sindarius Thornwell (coolest name ever) isn't even projected to be drafted. A great tournament (conference or NCAA) is usually enough to at least sneak you in. Not saying it'll put him in the lottery, Johnny Flynn style, but I'm just a little surprised someone wouldn't throw a late #2 at him. Too bad for him he's not a freshman, or from Latvia.


 

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