Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Oct 7, 2011 / 11:00 am

NBA Fantasy Team Analysis: The Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Love

Kevin Love (photo. Blake Peterson)

What can one say about the Minnesota Timberwolves that David Kahn already hasn’t? This team has one fantasy monster and a bunch of dudes who aren’t good for much else than rounding out the end of your roster. With timeshares bound to happen at multiple positions, it’ll take a lot of boldness for fantasy owners to draft most of these players.

Depth chart:
PG: Luke Ridnour, Ricky Rubio, Sebastian Telfair*
SG: Wes Johnson, Martell Webster, Wayne Ellington, Malcolm Lee
SF: Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Lazar Hayward, Tanguy Ngombo
PF: Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph, Anthony Tolliver
C: Darko Milicic, Nikola Pekovic, Brad Miller

* unrestricted free agent

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:
- Kevin Love, PF/C (Rd. 1): 47% FG, 80% FT, 1.3 Threes, 21.5 Pts, 15 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2.3 TO
- Michael Beasley, SF/PF (Rd. 11+): 45% FG, 75% FT, 0.5 Threes, 16.5 Pts, 5 Reb, 1.8 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2.3 TO
- Derrick Williams, SF/PF (Rd. 12+): 48% FG, 75% FT, 1 Three, 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 0.5 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2 TO
- Ricky Rubio, PG (Rd. 12+): 35% FG, 75% FT, 5 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1.3 Stl, 2.5 TO
- Wes Johnson, SG/SF (Rd. 13+): 40% FG, 70% FT, 9.5 Pts, 3 Reb, 1.5 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 0.7 Blk, 1.5 TO

Sleeper:
Johnson

Most likely to surprise:
Williams

Most likely to disappoint:
Rubio

Category specialists:
- Blocks: Milicic

Things to consider:
- How the likely timeshare at PG between Ridnour and Rubio plays out
- How the likely timeshare at SF between Beasley and Williams plays out
- If Johnson can establish himself as the unquestioned starting SG

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:
- Pts: 10th
- FGM: 12th
- FGA: 2nd
- FG%: 27th
- FT%: 13th
- 3PTM: 9th
- Reb: 1st
- Ast: 25th
- TO: 30th
- Stl: T-17th
- Blk: T-10th
- Pace: 1st
- Offensive Efficiency: 24th
- Defensive Efficiency: 27th

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  • Jason

    Why is Beasley’s ranking so far down 11+??