The Timberwolves need a shooting guard in the worst way. These two are considered the best in this year’s NBA draft, but the Wolves will have to move up from No. 9 to get one.
Victor Oladipo, junior, Indiana
Height: 6-4¼ Wingspan: 6-9¼ Age: 21
Stats: 13.6 ppg on 59.9 percent FG and 44.1 percent three-point shooting, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals in 36 games and 28.4 minutes per game last season.
How high must Wolves trade up? Perhaps as high as No. 2 with Orlando. When asked on KFAN if he could trade Derrick Williams and picks Nos. 9 and 26 for No. 2, Wolves boss Flip Saunders said, “Probably not, to be realistic.”
ESPN.com scouting report: Crazy athletic swingman, explosive leader, tough and physical player, excellent rebounder, tenacious defender, best motor in college basketball, improving jump shot, a bit undersized for his position, can be turnover prone.
Oladipo on Oladipo: “I’m 6-4 and a quarter. If you round that to the nearest tenth, that’s 6-5.”
Ben McLemore, freshman, Kansas
Height: 6-4 ¾ Wingspan: 6-7 ¾ Age: 20
Stats: 15.9 ppg on 49.5 percent FG and 42 percent three-point shooting, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals in 37 games and 32.2 minutes per game.
How high must Wolves trade up? Top five or top six, if Maryland center Alex Len is drafted before him.
ESPN.com scouting report: Super-athletic, explosive leaper, elite shooter with deep range, super-quick release, smooth athlete, good rebounder for size, needs to add strength, needs to improve ability to create his own shot, can be inconsistent/disappears.
McLemore on McLemore: “Definitely, I can see myself as a superstar at the next level. Hard work pays off. I’d be able to take care of my family and friends like I always dreamed of.”
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