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NBA Draft 2010: Minnesota looking hard at Syracuse's Wesley Johnson

May 24, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

wjohnson.jpgIt is possible that the Minnesota Timberwolves will move down in this draft — some team in love with DeMarcus Cousins could offer a sweet package to move up, and if so the Wolves would be hard pressed to turn that down.

But if the offers are not so sweet, how about them taking the latest love of he Syracuse faithful, Wesley Johnson? The idea was floated in the Pioneer Express.

(Timberwolves General Manager David) Kahn and Wolves coach Kurt Rambis have identified an athletic small forward/shooting guard as a key offseason priority for the club, and Johnson, a first-team All-American last season, appears to fill that role. ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale called Johnson the best small forward in the draft.

“Johnson would be a solid pick for Minnesota,” (ESPN college basketball analyst Dick) Vitale said. “He’s got the athleticism, quickness and explosiveness you want in a player at his position.”

The Wolves themselves can choose Cousins, the beasty big man out of Kentucky, but his game is not all that different from Al Jefferson. And the Wolves already have Al Jefferson (although Cousins is bigger and may be a true center). It makes Johnson the logical choice.

But Kahn has shown no fear in the past of stockpiling picks and talent at the same position. Cousins is not off the table, but Johnson makes a lot of sense if the Wolves like him in workouts.

  1. Chris - May 25, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Why do you think there isn’t any great talk about teams trying to trade up and take Wesley Johnson? The reason is that he has limited upside and ball handling skills and is just a decent shooter. Taking Johnson won’t have any impact on getting the Wolves to a playoff team.
    We need to trade up with Philly and get SG Evan Turner. Turner is not only the best player in the draft but would be a perfect combo for the next ten years with Johnny Flynn!
    Give Philly anything to get deal done such as picks, cap relief, Jefferson or Love, anything except Flynn!

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