Wednesday, August 8, 2007

KG Trade Yielded Lots of Players

The Minnesota Timberwolves got some new players in a hurry. Al Jefferson was the prize of the Kevin Garnett trade by far. The Wolves also received Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes and Sebastian Telfair, all of whom may be on the team come October. So who are these guys? Jefferson is a solid inside force who proved himself last year by averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds per game. The 6’10’’ forward has the potential to play some at the center position, so it would provide Craig Smith with a starting job at the power forward position. Gerald Green is stereotyped as the prototypical NBA dunker but nothing more, but many NBA scouts report that the kid can shoot the ball as well. Wolves scout Brent Haskins said Green can shoot from 3-point range and attack off the dribble. Green is still raw, but his court awareness can only get better with experience. Ryan Gomes is a solid mid-range shooter who can cash in from post kick-outs. Hopefully he can provide the Fred Hoiberg 3-point killers that Mike James couldn’t last season. Finally, Sebastian Telfair is a much hyped New York high school product with mad handles and a knack for penetration. He will be able to get to the basket for some easy dishes for dunks to Smith, Jefferson or other Wolves big men.

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