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Continued: Many guards would meet Wolves' needs

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 9, 2013 - 4:54 PM

Victor Oladipo

Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 214 Age: 20

Pos.: Shooting guard

College: Indiana Year: Junior

GP FG% 3PT% FT% PPG RPG BPG APG SPG

30 .631 .491 .735 13.7 6.0 0.8 2.1 2.3

He’s rising fast up draft boards — from out of the lottery to top-five or maybe higher — by transforming himself in his junior season from defensive specialist to breakout star. Not real big, but he’s strong, relentless and an excellent jumper and rebounder as well as a potentially hellacious perimeter defender. He just might have the quickness to defend some point guards and the strength to defend some small forwards in the NBA. Defense is his calling card, but the growth in his offensive game is why he’s rising. Not a great dribbler or playmaker, but he’s aggressive getting to the basket and has made himself into a fine college three-point shooter.

Gary Harris

Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 210 Age: 18.

Pos.: Shooting guard

College: Michigan State. Year: Freshman

GP FG% 3PT% FT% PPG RPG BPG APG SPG

27 .475 .422 .738 13.3 2.5 0.1 1.3 1.3

Smart, athletic, energetic and a lottery sleeper pick who could win over NBA scouts as the draft approaches. He, too, is smallish for a pro shooting guard, but he’s a smart defender and good ballhandler who has impressed despite back and shoulder injuries that often have left him less than 100 percent this season. Big question is whether he will develop into an NBA three-point shooter.

A different kind of homecoming

Dwight Howard returns to Orlando on Tuesday for the first time since the Magic traded him to Los Angeles.

He spent last week defending comments he made to an L.A. TV station. He told KCAL, “My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face,” and later told others he meant no disrespect, only that his Magic was a team of underdogs.

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  • The Timberwolves need some help at the shooting guard position, and two potential draft picks who fit the bill are UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, left, and Kansas’ Ben McLemore.

  • Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) hits a three-point basket over West Virginia Mountaineers guard Gary Browne (14) in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, Saturday, March 2, 2013. Kansas defeated West Virginia, 91-65. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)

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