The Timberwolves didn’t waste any time making the first post-Kevin McHale move when they dealt Randy Foye and Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards for the #5 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

The Wolves will also acquire Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, and Darius Songaila.  None of which will be Timberwolves relevant, let alone fantasy relevant.

In Foye the Wizards get a young combo guard, that should improve with a more defined role.  He can play alongside Gilbert Arenas and provides insurance in case Arenas can’t get healthy.  Miller gives the Wizards a wing player that can stretch the floor with his three-point ability.  He is also a solid rebounder and passer.  With Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, and possibly Arenas as the main options, Miller and Foye will have a lot less pressure on them.  I don’t think they are good enough to be the 2nd and 3rd options on a team.  When Big Al Jefferson went down they were thrust  into the top two options. 

The Wolves could do a number of things now as they possess four first round draft picks.

Big Al’s Tavern Closed

10 February 2009

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The proverbial crap has hit the fan in Minnesota.  Their best player, Al Jefferson, went down with a torn ACL.  So how do you go about replacing 23.1 points and 11.0 rebounds a night?  The quick answer is “you can’t”.  However, even on bad teams somebody has to rebound and somebody has to score so some of those numbers will get gobbled up.  The key is to figure out who’s going to feed a little more now that Big Al is out of the trough. 

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The logical choice is their big man Kevin Love.  He’s having a solid rookie season and a steady diet of double-doubles is in his future.  His minutes have steadily increased as the season has gone along, and with Big Al out he should start seeing 32-34 minutes a night.  He should improve to around 12-13 points and 10-10.5 rebounds per night.  Another player that has a chance to step up is Ryan Gomes.  He has increased his scoring since the calendar turned to 2009.  He’s averaging 13.4 points per game in his last 19 games.  I expect he’ll take a more active role in the offense now that the big fella is done.  Finally, Mike Miller will be asked to score more.  He’s averaging a career low 9.1 points per game for the Wolves.  He played some of his best basketball on bad Memphis teams so he knows how to perform on bad teams.  He played better of late, which is a good sign.  He needs to be more aggressive on offense instead of trying to get everyone involved.  He’s only had double-digit FG attempts in seven games this year, and only topped 20 points once.  Along with Randy Foye, he is the best scoring option they have now.  The Wolves need him to score.

The Wolves had made great strides since Kevin McHale took over as Coach.  The silver lining to Big Al’s injury is the timing.  With the All-Star Game this weekend the team has more time to get used to life without him.  I don’t see them winning at the same clip going forward, but hopefully they can play better than they did at the start of the year.

Von Wafer vs. Mike Miller

22 January 2009

In the past month Von Wafer has been a scoring machine.  He’s averaging 16.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.0 three-pointers per game.  He’s even shooting at a healthy clip at 51.9%.  He could be better at the line (71.4%), but that nor his 0.9 turnovers per game will really hinder your fantasy team.  It’s amazing if you take a look at his number pre-New Year’s Day and post-New Year’s Day.  It’s like he flipped a switch.  I guess we know what his New Year’s Resolution was.  Despite his surge he’s owned in just 20% of Yahoo and 4.9% of ESPN leagues.

Meanwhile, Mike Miller is owned in 67% of Yahoo and 80.8% of ESPN leagues.  Miller not only has struggled with and ankle injury, but he is yielding minutes to Rodney Carney.  In the last month he’s averaging 5.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game.  He’s hardly earning his reputation as a sharp shooter with 0.6 three-pointers per game, a 33.3% field goal percentage, and a 52.9% free throw percentage.  Heck, Shaq is shooting 65.6% from the line over the past month.  His 1.1 turnovers per game aren’t terrible, but they are still higher than Wafer’s.  

Maybe it’s time to consider Wafer.  Some food for though.  Pun intended.


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