2013 NBA Draft: Minnesota Timberwolves Would Make Mistake Trading Into Top 5

By Ryan Heckman
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports


The Minnesota Timberwolves have a plethora of picks in the 2013 NBA Draft, and that’s exactly how it should stay. President Flip Saunders has tons of options in front of him including the possibility of trading up in the draft and potentially including a player in one of those deals.

Just who would the Wolves be looking to move up in order to snag, though? That’s the big question. It certainly wouldn’t be the number one overall pick – presumably, of course – Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky. I don’t see that trade happening.

So, would they move up to potentially grab KansasBen McLemore or Indiana‘s Victor Oladipo? It could happen. But should it?

Absolutely not.

With four picks and a draft without many gigantic names, Minnesota would be wise to stay where they’re at. The potential of bringing in four talented players versus two or three is just to great to give that up for an unsure thing. Not saying Oladipo and McLemore won’t pan out, but they aren’t on the level of a name like Noel.

The way I see it, Noel is the only true star-studded name in the draft. Oladipo has the potential to be a great player, but he’s going to have to prove it. Noel has the body and build of a star big man; something hard to come by.

I would like to see Minnesota grab a combination of Michigan‘s Tim Hardaway Jr., Maryland‘s Alex Len, Indiana’s Cody Zeller or Dario Saric out of Croatia. If the Wolves can take care of their two biggest needs in the first round with any of these guys, they will be in great shape.

Hardaway Jr. is obviously an intriguing pick if Minnesota could take him at number 26. He has the potential to be a very consistent two guard. Zeller is obviously a stud at the college level, and with the right coaching and system could be a valuable rotation player. Saric is another interesting prospect with tons of talent shooting the ball as well as in the passing game, not to mention he is an underrated defender. Len has the potential to be picked prior to the number nine overall pick, but if there he has to be looked at seriously.

While Oladipo and McLemore are two tempting names, they aren’t the big superstar-type prospects in comparison to past drafts. Saunders and the Wolves should stay put and bring in four players looking to add depth to their roster. If they play their cards right – with a little luck – Minnesota could come out of the draft with tons of talent at all the right positions.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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