The Wolves score the 11th-most points in the NBA, sitting at a strong 96.7 points per game. In contrast, the Wolves boast the worst field-goal percentage of any of the top-14 teams in the league.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a glaring gap at shooting guard.
We have Rubio, who will be running the offense for years to come. Derrick Williams, a work in progress, will most likely be slotted at small forward down the line. Kevin Love will continue pounding the glass for the Wolves while putting up league MVP-type numbers. Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic will secure the center position.
In order to contend, the Wolves must scratch together someone to boost the field goal percentage - the Wolves need a starting shooting guard.
The Wolves are able to run a very effective high pick-and-roll with a player spotting up in the corner or on the wing. Ideally, Love sets a screen and rolls to the hoop. The player guarding the spot-up shooter has to collapse to help and Rubio can find either Love or the spot-up.
Wayne Ellington will come to most fans' minds, but I dissent. While Wayne complements the pick-and-roll offense captained by Rubio, he isn't a starter. Not in this league, anyway. We can't change the offense, not when it took so long to import Rubio. No, we have to find a guard that can at least play pick-up ball at the pick-and-roll.
Who can the Wolves target?
While it would be nice to lock down a defender to guard the Kobe Bryants and Dwayne Wades of the NBA, I'm willing to bet that the Wolves would settle for a smart and efficient guard that can play the system. My suggestions are as follows, in no particular order. Unless, that is, you consider alphabetical...
More on 'why' to come...
As a side note, while needing a shooting guard really is a #firstworldproblem, let's take a moment to remember when we needed 5 starting positions.