Nick K wrote:I give us a solid "A" for this draft. Edwards will be an all-star. Mark my words. We get Ricky back. Veteran leadership. I can see us play Towns with D'lo, Rubio, Edwards and (Layman/Hernangomez). They want to go small with ball handlers they now are set.
This should be one fun group.
Let me start a new thread where we try to keep all interesting thoughts about this draft. I put a quote of Nick K's post which is a perfect summary of my current view.
#1 - Edwards. He is a perfect fit here next to DLo and Rubio. Beasley's situation put our SG situation in limbo. I think Edwards has a better opportunity to be developed into a star in MIN than Ball and Wiseman. This team is built for such type of player, who can slash, shoot, create shot opportunities for himself. Beasley thrived in this role last season, despite being a limited ballhandler and a bit undersized for SG. Playing as designated SG in five-out system with two elite passers can completely change Edwards game. I am not concerned about his recent interviews, because he seems to tell what he thinks, and I see a 19yo kid who can be great if he grows in right environment. Grade B+.
#23 - Leandro Bolmaro. All fans who wanted us to draft LaMelo, should be pleased with this pick. Because this guy is the same type of oversized ballhandlers, his shot is not broken, his defense is solid, his motor and IQ are not questionable. He played for FC Barcelona, a European powerhouse with an excellent basketball school for young players. He has a contract with Barcelona, and might be stashed there. If he comes here he benefits from having an Argentinian connection with Pablo Prigioni, and an ex-Barcelona connection with Rubio. All three Prigioni, Rubio and Bolmaro speak Spanish (+Juancho, Rosas) all three are lead ballhandlers. Grade B.
#27 - Jaden McDaniels. A kid with the highest potential of all wings of the 2020 draft, and he is probably the highest chance of being out of NBA in two years. His shot is legit, he runs like a guard. As a person, he is a complete enigma to me. So apart from his off-court issues, motivation etc, I think the biggest challenge for him is to change his body. He is 6'10 with 7'0" wingspan at 200lbs. Gaining at least 10-15lbs of functional muscles will help him a lot, first of all in terms of confidence, consistency. He is not NBA ready anyway. I see him developing carefully during the next two seasons. Grade B.
Last but not least. We got Rubio!!!
Now Rubio comes here not as a young basketball prophet, he is a well-seasoned veteran who should help young players a lot in the locker room, on the floor as a backup PG and secondary ballhandler. Thibs broke KAT-Wiggins-Rubio trio but now Rubio has a chance to redeem himself. Once again, I love this move. We needed a veteran, we needed a decision-maker, we needed a positive locker room presence, we needed another guy who is close to KAT. Rubio is this player, this person. However, saying this I am 100% sure that Rosas can trade Rubio next season. But right now Rubio is again a MIN player.
To sum up: we drafted for pure talent and potential and we addressed two critical issues starting SG position and backup PG position. We did not get any immediate help at PF/SF, we did not draft NBA ready wing player. We just sow what we will reap in the next 3-5 years, not now. Having two elite passers is critical for young players development. Overall grade B.
Next step: we enter post-draft offseason with pending decisions about Beasley, Juancho, JMac, Martin, Evans, Spellman. We need to upgrade PF/SF position. We have MLE. So I expect us to act diligently here. Our FO is not done with moves yet.
P.S. I hope Rubio remembers that Jimmy Butler didn't want his in MIN locker room after UTA game back in October, 2017. We need a revenge!