TrueHoop Network Mock Draft Pick 4: Wolves Select Wesley Johnson

Zach Harper —  June 21, 2010 — 4 Comments

The 2010 ESPN TrueHoop Network NBA Mock Draft is here and I’m more than glad to represent the Wolves with the fourth pick. Each selection will be made available on network sites (links at the bottom of this post), will cover just the first round, and will be made according to prediction, not some blogger preference. Enjoy.

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 21: Wes Johnson #4 of the Syracuse Orange looks on against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at HSBC Arena at HSBC Arena on March 21, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images) With the fourth pick in the 2010 TrueHoop Network NBA Mock Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select Wesley Johnson out of Syracuse University…

While the T’Wolves should be about grabbing the best talent available and sorting out the playing time later, it seems like they’re leaning towards selecting Wesley Johnson, the small forward from Syracuse.

Wesley makes sense for a few reasons here:

1) Athletic small forwards are hard to come by. Okay, they’re really not. There seems to be a plethora of athletic small forwards saturating the NBA and a clamoring group of wannabe small forwards that are blessed with the athletic genes who want to be in the NBA. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a need for the Wolves. They were so anemic at the small forward position last season that Sasha Pavlovic and Damien Wilkins both logged quite a few minutes for Minnesota.

2) He’s actually a pretty good basketball player. I attempted to break down what the Wolves selecting him would mean here. His fit with this team and in making this a great pick is pretty much entirely contingent on if he can knock down the NBA three-pointer. If he can, then the Wolves get a threat on the arc and a threat around the basket who can run the floor and block shots like a human wrecking ball in the open court.

3) The reason you don’t take Cousins here is because the frontcourt is already a circus. Kevin Love is probably the most talented rebounder in the league with excellent basketball skills to go with it and yet he can’t seem to be given 30 minutes per game. Al Jefferson is a fantastic low-post threat who should be on schedule to return to his 20-10 form in 2010 with the knee healing up quite nicely. Darko Milicic (assuming he re-signs) and Ryan Holins will be providing whatever defensive presence inside they can muster. Trying to slide a moody, power forward/center who could rip apart the very fabric of this rebuilding process might be a risk the Wolves can’t afford to miss with.

4) He’s kind of a safe pick. Maybe Wesley Johnson isn’t the best player available but he fills a need and the Wolves need some sure bets here. The chances of him failing miserably are very low. His All-Star chances aren’t exactly doing stretching exercises and getting limber for the next marathon but he still shows that can be a good player in this league.

5) His name is Wesley and the last Wesley I knew was the one that became the Dread Pirate Roberts, pretended to be left-handed and toppled a kingdom when he was only mostly dead. If this Wesley can even do one of those things, we’re in for a nice decade-plus with him filling the lanes.

Now, the Wolves get to move on and round out the rest of the roster with two more picks in the first round.

The Sacramento Kings are now on the clock

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4 responses to TrueHoop Network Mock Draft Pick 4: Wolves Select Wesley Johnson

  1. His name is “Westley” I believe, but I like the gag anyway. To take your analogy to the next unnecessary step:

    Fezzik (Andre the Giant) = Darko (big, European, heart is not really in being a brute)

    Inigo = Kevin Love (charismatic, skilled, just not quite good enough to be the lead)

    Vezzini = David Kahn (the leader, not as smart as he thinks he is, overthinks things and still picks the poison)

    Princess Buttercup = Ricky Rubio (enough said)

    Miracle Max = Kurt Rambis (formerly worked directly for the king, now sits around in a grubby hut feeling
    underappreciated)

    Grandpa played by Peter Falk = Zach

    Fred Savage = blog readers

    Mostly dead = T-Wolves fans

  2. A Man Raised By Wolves June 22, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Why?¡#¿!? I don’t think the Wolves know this is the make-it-or-break-it year and they’re going to pick a guy who’s not going to a be an All-Star player in his career. You know we already have a guy who’s like Wesley Johnson, he’s name is Corey Brewer and last I checked, he isn’t laughing aside Kobe Bryant at the All-Star Game Western Roster! If everyone just takes a look, we have all the pieces together. Money for Free Agency, hinting we could get a player like Rudy Gay, an All-Star caliber player, to fill the wing position (not Wesley), a trading piece in Al Jefferson, nice young role players in Johnny Flynn (who’d have to be a starter until Rubio comes), Cory Brewer, Ryan Hollins, Ryan Gomes, and hopefully Darko Milicic, and Ricky Rubio, who could be here, if Minnesota gets this right, on a legit contending team. Now, all Minnesota needs to do is not screw this up by adding one more role player, in a perfect world, we should have traded for Dalembert’s expiring contract and the number two pick from Philly for Al Jefferson and our number four pick but that’s behind us. If Evan Turner is gone, and Favors or Cousins are still on the board, the advantage going to Cousins, we have to take one of the two and not Wesley. Wall, Turner and Cousins are the only ones, in my opinion who could be “SUPERSTARS” in this draft and this is Minnesota’s for the taking. I don’t think Cousins is that bad of a problem, making him seem like he’ll be a drug dealer or something but he legit big guy with an NBA ready size and play and is truthfully the second best player in this draft and I don’t know why Minnesota would give that all up because of character issues, (and if it’s because of Big Al, then ship his ass out because his ceiling has already been reached.) This draft will be a big loss if we draft Wesley Johnson, who’s game will not grow from here-on-out since he’ll be a twenty-three year old NBA rookie, (that’s two years away from LeBron who’s a veteran now,) and we set back the team deeply! Now enough of my bantering and I hope the T-Wolves much success on Thursday… Just don’t screw it up!

  3. When I saw that pic of Cary Elwes as Wesley in “The Princess Bride,” I thought for sure the reference was going to be when he tells Inigo Montoya, “Get used to disappointment.” That sort of neatly sums up my feeling about the Wolves as a fan and also my feeling about Wes Johnson.

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