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Minnesota says it’s taking Kanter at No. 2. Smokescreen?

Jun 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

Enes Kanter AP

UPDATE 5:35 pm: I am far from sold on this, but the Timberwolves have been telling anyone who would listen all day long they are taking Kanter No. 2, enough so that DraftExpress has bought in and moved Kanter to the No. 2 pick. People are starting to believe them.

Utah would be just fine with that and taking Derrick Williams, by the way.

12:53 pm: Right now, team’s draft boards are basically set. They have watched the tape, seen the workouts, gone to the combine, done the interviews, formed their opinions. The lists may get tweaked a little, but teams know who they want.

So when you read that a team is “considering” something something major, please take that rumor with a lot of salt.

Like this one, from Chad Ford at ESPN.

Late Tuesday night, sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves were strongly considering taking Enes Kanter with the No. 2 pick. Kanter, they believe, is a better fit than Williams right now.

The Timberwolves need a power forward? Let me be up front — I’m sure somebody Ford trusts told him this. But the last few days before the draft is when teams try to throw out smoke screens to hide their actual intentions.

Every scout we’ve talked to has said Derrick Williams of Arizona is the clear No. 2 pick. There are teams farther down the draft that like Kanter. The Wolves are trying to shop the pick. Threatening to pick Kanter makes a lot of sense as a smokescreen.

Just something to think about.

  1. themanchine - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    *coughcough*
    next to Love it probably isn’t that bad a fit though….

    • themanchine - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      and no, im not a wolves or from minny. so i didn’t hear this from anyone or anywhere before i started banging this drum. it just MAKES SENSE.

      Williams, Kanter, Irving, Knight/Walker

  2. trbowman - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Could it be more obvious that the Wolves are trying to get the Wizards to trade up for him? It’s already been made clear they want to trade down.

    • ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Agreed… funny how the Wiz said no to Javale McGee for the #2 so the wolves thought Bynum would be available

  3. ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    But do you really want to draft need over BPA with the #2 overall pick? Why is a Twolves team that has won an avg of like 16 games over the last 3 years worried about drafting a player whose role may overshadow someone on their current team? This draft may be weak but its not THAT bad

    • Justin - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      The question is would Kanter be the BPA if he hadn’t had to sit out a year? I am a wolves fan and want them to take Williams for the same reasons you said. However, I know our luck so now I am worried whoever we draft will end up being the wrong pick.

      • ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        RE Kanter no one can say (which is why I was shocked he wasn’t on the riskiest picks post) but have faith, the Wolves are pretty talented and things are def. looking up as long as they can

        A) stop drafting point guards – you can’t play all point guards and small forwards
        B) fire kurt rambis
        C) fire david kahn

        other than that things are looking up! I’m a Wiz fan though so I’m not throwing stones from a glass house (damn you Ernie Grunfeld)

  4. mnsportsfan21 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    I hope this isn’t true. Just draft Williams and get rid of lazy ass beasly for any big man someone will give up, I like Williams at 3…he could be really good

    • tubal22 - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:18 AM

      I hope it is true. I got a lot of D. Williams stuff I can start wearing again…

  5. Justin - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    It is at the point where a reporter will get to bang his chest about his correct prediction about happens because so many people have made a prediction. Then everyone that was wrong will basically say oh well it was just rumors. Odds are they take Williams and then do nothing. But again what do I know? Basically we just have to wait another 28 hours or so.

    • mnsportsfan21 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM

      CAN”T WAIT!!!

  6. cappa662 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    How good is the clear #2 guy from last year?

  7. palakerfan - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Chris Wallace and Otis Smith breath sighs of relief that Kahn is the runaway winner for Most Inept GM in the NBA.

    • mnsportsfan21 - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      I agree 100%, dude is an idiot.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:31 PM

      you for got to add history after NBA.

  8. iceonmypinky85 - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    @Palakerfan Otis and Kahn are neck and neck for worse GM

  9. readysethike - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    what is with this infatuation with Kanter? i don’t see it, what makes him so remarkable? he didn’t even play last year…was he really that good in Turkey?

    • ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      Dominated the US (Sullinger was his match-up and Kanter scored 34 and 13 with a hurt back, broke Dirk’s Hoop Summit record) in the Nike Hoops Summit. Other than that your guess is as good as mine

  10. jebdamone - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    i feel like i am missing something that everyone else sees because, despite not having played last year, i think kanter is the best player in this draft and hope that my pups do take him with the number 2 pick. all i’ve seen is what is available on the internet, but the kid seems to have a good all around game. low post moves, pick and pop, shoots the three, plays pretty good defense.

  11. trbowman - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    It’s a great smokescreen attempt by the Wolves. But I’m sticking by it – they want the Wizards to move up to take Kanter.

  12. philosofly - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Why would the wolves not take Kanter? He’s a beast. He is what they need and if he doesn’t go at 2 then he’ll likely go 3rd. Rubio knows Kanter’s game well, he’s a perfect fit and will prove to be the right pick for the team at 2. So what if Williams drops to 3?

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