Here we are. It’s 2013 NBA Draft Day and the Wolves possess the 9th, 26th, 52nd, and 59th picks in the draft.
UPDATE 5:35pm CT:
Minnesota remains in pursuit of the No. 2 pick, eyeing Oladipo too. In a draft that scares everyone, no one chased harder than IU's guard.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2013
Expect a selloff of late first-round picks. Pacers (23), Clippers (25), Wolves (26) and Nuggets (27) among teams looking to bail.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 27, 2013
UPDATE 3:23pm CT:
This isn’t much of an update so don’t get totally excited here but just thought I’d update everybody with some of the updated Mock Drafts:
Chad Ford’s Mock Draft 7.1 on ESPN.com: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at 9 to the Wolves, C.J. McCollum at 7 to the Kings
Draft Express’ Mock Draft: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at 9 to the Wolves, C.J. McCollum at 7 to the Kings
Chris Mannix’s Mock Draft 6.0 on SI.com: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at 9 to the Wolves, C.J. McCollum at 15 to the Bucks
Scott Howard-Cooper’s Final Mock on NBA.com: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at 9 to the Wolves, C.J. McCollum at 10 to the Blazers
KCP it is!
It seems like the two most likely options at No. 9 in this draft are C.J. McCollum out of Lehigh University and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out of Georgia (the university, not Zaza Pachulia’s home country). I’m starting to think McCollum will be off the board before the Wolves even get a shot at him, but regardless, I wouldn’t mind either guy going No. 9 and coming to the Target Center. The more video of each I watch, the more confused I seem to get on the matter.
The funny thing is I don’t think choosing one over the other (if both players are available) is a mistake, no matter what the outcome is. If they get a shot at either and take McCollum, I’ll be happy with the pick. If they decide to take KCP over C.J. then I’ll be happy with that too. I don’t think it will happen based on some murmurs about draft workouts, but I can swallow the idea of Shabazz Muhammad at No. 9 as well, but I don’t think it will come to that. Most likely, we’re going to end up getting one of these guys to root for and I think that’s pretty fun.
With the 26th pick in the draft, I would advise not to expect the Wolves to pick anybody that makes sense. Why is that, you say? According to a couple of sources (I sound so reporter-y!), this pick is going to be traded and we shouldn’t expect the pick to be made by the Wolves. Doesn’t mean they’ll trade it before the pick is made. Remember the Ty Lawson thing? It’s kind of like that. The Wolves will probably pick someone and ship the draft rights of said selection to another team. It sounds like that other team will be the Brooklyn Nets. The deal would likely be something like Mickael Gelabale and the pick for MarShon Brooks, but I can’t get confirmation on that.
I like MarShon Brooks and definitely wanted him on the team in 2011 with the 20th pick. If all of this is true (and we’ll get into it with a trade post if this does in fact go down), you’re basically trying to figure out if there was a better player than Brooks available at 26. In this draft? Probably not. But is there a better fit available if someone like Allen Crabbe, Tim Hardaway, Jr., or Glen Rice, Jr. is out there? That’s the question I have. Brooks is a scorer but can’t shoot from outside. Wolves need offense, but they also need spacing. I just don’t know that he fits or is the type of guy Rick Adelman will give a lot of leeway to on the court.
Again, nothing is definite yet but I’ve been told not to expect the Wolves to actually pick at 26.
Here are a few random thoughts and tidbits:
— The Charlotte Bobcats might like Cody Zeller. The problem is Rich Cho convincing Michael Jordan that Zeller is the guy for them when they’re picking with the 4th overall pick. A year ago, that would have been just right for Zeller but his stock has fallen considerably in the past year. If the Orlando Magic take Ben McLemore with the 2nd pick in the draft, would the Wolves be able to work something out with Charlotte by trading Derrick Williams and the 9th pick to move up and grab Victor Oladipo? Would that be enough to get the deal done and allow the Bobcats to grab Zeller at 9? Would they want the 26th pick as well?
Could the Wolves work out a three-team deal with the Nets and Bobcats that gives Charlotte Derrick Williams, 9th pick (Cody Zeller), MarShon Brooks, and the 26th pick while the Wolves get the 4th pick (Victor Oladipo) and the Nets get Ramon Sessions, Mickael Gelabale and a future second round pick? Does this make any sense? What if Orlando takes Oladipo and McLemore is on the table? Have I simply been playing on the ESPN Trade Machine too much?
— It’s always really hard to project how NBA draft prospects are going to work out because talent, situation, drive, etc. are all hard things to pinpoint with players. But there have been a few really interesting things on the internet trying to project how these guys might shake out. I very much recommend Kevin Pelton’s projections in which he has Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as the third best projected player. McCollum has the fifth best projection.
— I also recommend checking out the work from vjl110 on Canis Hoopus with projections and player comparisons for the prospects in this draft. There, McCollum is the 4th best projection for the prospects and KCP is 9th. Regardless, you’re not seeing a big drop-off in the guys we think we want and where they’re projecting. Vjl110 also did a really cool breakdown of the likely hood that the player is a bust, bench player, starter or star.
— C.J. McCollum went to dinner with Henry Abbott of TrueHoop and they put the conversation on TrueHoop TV, which is always really well put together. In it, McCollum talks about studying journalism, not because it was easy, but because he thought he’d be really good at it. Just from hearing him talk in a few interviews, I’m pretty sure he would be.
That leaves us with the Wolves possibly choosing between The Reporter and The Pope. If you follow on Twitter or have a great handle on just how big of an idiot I am, then you already know that I made photoshops to represent the possible selection of each player.
The Reporter vs. The Pope
That’s where we are for right now. As more news/items become available throughout the day, we will update this page with new stuff at the top of the post.