Updating the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Depth Chart After the Draft

Updating the Minnesota Timberwolves' Depth Chart Post-Draft

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Until he is traded rumors surrounding Kevin Love will overshadow anything else for the Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason, and perhaps into the season if he is still on the team.

With some changes surely coming, here is my projected depth chart for the Timberwolves as of right now.

Point Guard

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
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Point Guard

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1. Ricky Rubio
2. J.J Barea

Rubio would become the face of the franchise upon Love's departure, and he would have a chance to become a true team leader. President of basketball operations (and head coach) Flip Saunders may look to trade Barea as he enters the final year of his exorbitant contract, but for now he'll be Rubio's backup.

Shooting Guard

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Shooting Guard

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1. Kevin Martin
2. Zach LaVine
3. Alexey Shved

Martin has a solid first season with the Timberwolves last season (19.1 points per game), but he could be part of the trade involving Love. LaVine is in the mix for significant minutes immediately after being drafted 13th overall, but he might come off the bench as a rookie. Shved has done little in two seasons for the Timberwolves, but he may stick around as a backup at both guard spots.

Small Forward

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Small Forward

Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
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1. Corey Brewer
2. Shabazz Muhammad
3. Chase Budinger
4. Glenn Robinson III
5. Luc Mbah a Moute
6. Robbie Hummel

Brewer started 81 games last year, but Muhammad should have a bigger role next season. Budinger will be in the mix if he can stay healthy, and Robinson III will get a chance to earn a roster spot as a rookie. All of these guys obviously can't be kept, and Mbah a Moute and Hummel look like the odd men out right now.

Power Forward

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Power Forward

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1. Kevin Love
2. Dante Cunningham

It's only a matter of time before Love is traded, be it in the next week or two or almost certainly before the season starts. That would make Cunningham the de facto starter at power forward, but he is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. Not taking a power forward at No. 13 last Thursday night (Adreian Payne?) may come back to haunt Saunders.

Center

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Center

Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves
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1. Nikola Pekovic
2. Gorgui Dieng
3. Ronny Turiaf

Pekovic again struggled to stay healthy last season, missing 28 games, but he would become the team's best frontcourt player with Love gone. Dieng played well late in his rookie season, and I think he could become the starter at power forward when Love is dealt since his defensive presence fits well next to Pekovic. Turiaf should be back to provide depth here and at power forward.

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