Category Archives: Player Analysis

A roster of Wolves: Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio has magical vision. He sees things–spaces, angles, movements–before they are able to be seen. This vision, and the savant’s ball skills that he’s honed since he was a child, make him that exceptional kind of point guard, the kind that can create new, unexpected shapes and situations on the basketball court. There were […]

A roster of Wolves: Nikola Pekovic

When is the last time this organization had toughness? Perhaps Kevin Garnett wasn’t the epitome of a bar fight — despite what he may have blurted out at Craig Sager — but he at least feigned an attitude of some mental toughness, whether he was actually ready to risk a suspension or not. But pure […]

What Alexey Shved can bring to the Wolves

Danny Chau has been driving the Alexey Shved bandwagon for as long as I’ve known Danny. He writes for Hardwood Paroxysm and has a fantastic knowledge of everything that is Alexey Shved on a basketball court. I asked him to give a brief scouting report on Shved so Wolves fans can get more familiar with […]

A roster of Wolves: J.J. Barea

How do you solve a problem like Barea? Okay, J.J. Barea wasn’t really a problem last year, but he also wasn’t a solution in the way we hoped he might be. Let’s get the negative out of the way first. In his first season with the Wolves, Barea was riddled with injuries throughout a good […]

Is Nicolas Batum worth his weight in Brie?

Regardless of whether or not Nicolas Batum ends up on the Wolves or stays in Portland, he’s going to get paid $45 million over four years (with the possibility of bonuses). Let’s just pretend the contract is going to be four years and $50 million because of the bonuses. That puts Batum’s annual salary at […]

A roster of Wolves: Michael Beasley

Another year and another bundle of frustration for Michael Beasley and those that want him to be great good oh hell let’s just be adequately productive. Michael Beasley had the excuse last year of the ankle injury that seemed to crop up every time he hit the floor. This year, he had the excuse of […]

Wolves Chase for a Bud…inger player? WORD PLAY!

Wolves have taken themselves out of the 18th pick fiasco that I babbled about yesterday by dealing it to the Houston Rockets for Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu. The Eliyahu aspect of the trade shouldn’t really matter. He’s a good athlete that really can’t shoot or do much with the ball. I […]

A roster of Wolves: Luke Ridnour

Metta World Peace. Kevin Martin. Nicolas Batum. Russell Westbrook. Steve Nash. Eric Bledsoe. Some of these guys are scampering point guards, some are long, explosive scorers, some are bruising forwards.  What do these people have in common? The answer is they were all guarded by the 6’2″, 175-lb Luke Ridnour this past season. If that […]

A roster of Wolves: Derrick Williams

Some players drafted second overall in the past decade or so: Darko Milicic; Michael Beasley; Stromile Swift; Hasheem Thabeet. Marvin Williams: a perfectly fine player and all but is markedly less fine when one considers that he was drafted ahead of  both Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Yes Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Alridge were second […]

A roster of Wolves – Martell Webster

Martell Webster’s season will most likely be remembered with agonizing humor. His blunder at the end of an overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on February 20th was a frustrating mistake that potentially cost the Wolves a victory when the season still had life. He stole an inbound pass from Julyan Stone with the Wolves […]