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Blakeley

  • joined Jul 07, 2008
  • last login Jul 30, 2014
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Who says "no"...Phoenix/Houston/Wolves Blockbuster

Hi Canis Hoopus Land! I missed you. Who says no to this trade...

DX: Derrick Williams' Situational Statistics

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Derrick Williams is the most highly touted prospect in this group, and his situational stats do nothing to diminish his standing. Williams shouldered a heavy load for Arizona this season at 16.4 possessions per game (5th in this group), but was nevertheless the most efficient forward of the players we looked at, scoring 1.16 points per possession. That's especially impressive considering how heavily defenses keyed in on stopping him, how little playmaking Arizona had besides him, and the way in which he generated his offense. In fact, Williams' offensive efficiency ranks higher than every other player in this draft besides Jon Diebler (1.3 PPP) and ironically enough, fellow #1 overall pick candidate Kyrie Irving (1.2). The key to Williams' efficiency begins with his ability to get to the free throw line, where he knocks down 75% of his attempts. He got to the free throw line on over 1/4th of his possessions, which ranks 2nd in this draft behind Tristan Thompson. Williams may not shoot the most jumpers of this group—only 25% of his shots come in this form-- a far cry from Kyle Singler and Robin Benzing at 63% or Chris Singleton at 56%-- but he makes more of the jumpers he does take (56%, or 1.6 points per shot) than anyone, and not by a small margin. Williams appears to do a great job trusting Arizona's offense and waiting for good opportunities to come to him rather than hunting shots—something that his NBA coach will surely appreciate. Williams amazingly enough only took 5 pull-up jumpers all season, representing just 1% of his total offense. This can be viewed as either a positive or a negative. On one hand he refused to settle for these low-percentage opportunities (which with the shorter 3-point line, are truly bad shots in the collegiate game). On the other hand, this may be a part of his game that he'll need to work on, particularly if he's expected to create offense from the perimeter in the NBA as heavily as he did in college. Williams was indeed one of the most dangerous shot-creators in the college game amongst big men (he played almost all his minutes at Center at Arizona), scoring an outstanding 1.3 points per possession (#1) in isolation situations and getting fouled on nearly a third of his possessions (#1). By comparison, the next most effective isolation threat in this group, Kyle Singler, scored just .99 points per possession, getting to the free throw line at half the rate. None of the other first round prospects were anywhere near as effective. This did come at the expense of turning the ball over on 16% of his possessions (3rd), though. Williams' versatility shines through in the rest of his game, as he did an excellent job scoring in post-up situations (1.06 PPP), pick and roll finishes (1.37 PPP), and cuts (1.26). Some of the credit for this should go to Arizona's coaching staff, which obviously knew precisely how to exploit Williams' strengths and did a great job putting him in position to succeed. From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Situational-Statistics-the-2011-Forward-Crop-3762#ixzz1PlPhxL3i http://www.draftexpress.com

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4-Way Draft Day Trade: Who says No???

I offered this trade up in a random comment section, but I want to see who everyone thinks would say "No" to this deal. Here it is... Utah Receives: #2 and #19 Toronto Receives: #3, Flynn, and...

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Kahn vs. Irving (with poll!!!)

If you haven't seen it already, here is video of Kahn's idiotic statement where he was either A) Joking about kids getting cancer and Abe Polin dying or B) Perpetuating NBA conspiracy theories. N...

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Granger for Beasley

It's officially Random Trade Idea Friday! Yay!!!!!!!!   If you were GM of the Timberwolves, would you do this trade: Beasley and Webster for Danny Granger.   Why the Twolves do it... The Wolves are...

Great Article by Steve Aschburner

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Former Star Trib beat writer Steve Aschburner demonstrates that he still understands the Timberwolves organization as well as anyone out there. It's almost as if he used the comment section of this site as his main resource.

Just filed to ESPN.com: Sources say we're about to have a surprising late addition to the buyout...

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Just filed to ESPN.com: Sources say we're about to have a surprising late addition to the buyout market: New York is buying out Corey Brewer Sources say Celts, Spurs, Mavs and OKC have all registered immediate interest in Brewer, who holds obvious appeal to all as wing defender

From Marc Stein's Twitter
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Free Agent Fandom

It's pretty clear that no one here is a bandwagon fan. The sheer fact that we still follow this crappy team is evidence enough. That being said, I thought I would propose this hypothetical...

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Wolves Players in the Clutch

Interesting article at Arturo's Silly Little Stats about Clutch Performance. He uses 82games.com's information in order to produce the spreadsheet. For the Timberwolves, there's a big takeaway for M...

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Interested in Joining a Fantasy Football League?

Hello Daily Norseman faithful!   I'm a regular over at Canis Hoopus, but I thought it was worth posting over here as well as I am hoping to start an online Fantasy Football Auction League on ...

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Interested in Joining a Fantasy Football League?

Hello Canis Hoopus faithful!   I was hoping to start an online Fantasy Football Auction League on espn.com. Would anyone else be interested in joining? I'm thinking $20 entry fee, with the Auction...

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Kevin Love: Team USA Starter

Here is a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo posted today:  SpearsNBAYahoo: Rondo, Billups, Durant, Love and Odom on floor for USA playing college stars. You like that as USA World starters? A...

"Born to be hated, dying to be loved"

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It's an insider story, so apologies to any non-insiders...but it's an interesting insight into the mind of a player who is slowly coming to terms with no longer being "the man." The writer quotes McHale, Wittman, Love, and others. A nice change of pace from the "anonymous sources" we've become accustomed to. In the end though, I think McCants comes off as clueless as many people believed him to be.

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Kahn is a Moron

I think everyone needs to review our roster and answer this simple question...   "How long will it be until the Wolves contend for a championship?"   Because after looking at our roster and our...

Get to know Tony Ronzone!

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I had no idea that he was responsible for getting Dirk.
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Evan Turner Already Dropping???

I know I've been banging this drum quite a bit, but I thought I'd highlight a recent article posted by Jonah Ballow on Timberwolves.com You can find it at this link In the article each team's lead...

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Current Wolves vs. Hypothetical Wolves

Sometimes I think about last year's draft and I get depressed. Supposedly if Sacramento had drafted Ricky Rubio, the Wolves were prepared to draft Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry at #5 and...

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Love compared to other PF's

I've recently been taking a lot of crap for saying that Kevin Love projects to help his team win more games in the future then Carmelo Anthony does currently. While many people on this board might...

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Al Jefferson Trade-a-Palooza

So this time of year sucks, and there aren't many positives to take away from this Timberwolves team...So how bout we throw out some Al Jefferson trades! Recent public statements by Kahn seem to...

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Jonny Flynn's Trade Value??

Many people (myself included) have thrown around the idea of trading Jonny Flynn in the off-season. This has got me thinking: What is the most we could possibly get for Jonny Flynn? Below the Jump,...

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Rudy Fernandez Available???

Many have discussed the idea of bringing Rudy Fernandez over to the Wolves for two obvious reasons. 1. He is a Wing that can shoot. 2. Rudy and Rubio are like totally BFF!   Well, now it looks like...

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Does Utah give us hope?

Recently John Hollinger wrote an article about the the Utah Jazz being legitimate contenders for this year's championship. You can view the link HERE(insider access required). Essentially Hollinger...

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The Most Likely Al Jefferson Destination

I love thinking about trade possiblities, but I hate coming up with obviously lopsided deals for the Timberwolves. I think this deal I've proposed favors both teams, while also being consistent...

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Why Our Rebounding Has Been Terrible

Maybe I should be more specific. Currently Ryan Hollins has a Rebound Rate of 9.2. Most of you I assume know that that's bad, but do we really know how bad? Let's put it in relative terms... Since...

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Darko...A Timberwolf???

From ESPN's Chad Ford... The Timberwolves also inquired about a possible Darko Milicic-for-Brian Cardinal deal. The Knicks might be inclined to pull the trigger (it could save them some cash this...

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Vote Corey over MJ NOW!!!!

This will only be around for the rest of the day, but if you see this then you should follow this link and vote for Corey Brewer's posterizing dunk over MJ's dunk. This may be Corey's only shot at...

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Rubio for Turner?

The perfect question for a light Wolves Newsday. Here is a short post on a Nets website by Chris Mannix of SI.com. Is it John Wall or bust for the Nets? Should they fail to land the No. 1 pick...

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Chad Ford's T-wolves Trade Idea

During Today's Chat, Chad Ford threw out this trade idea... I think the Kings are already beginning to explore their options with Kevin Martin. Clearly Tyreke Evans is the teams new alpha dog and...

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**NEWS FLASH: JONNY FLYNN NOT BAD!

I wanted to check on something because I think A LOT of people on this board are jumping the gun in saying that Jonny Flynn may not be a starting caliber guard in the NBA. Therefore, below the jump...

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