A trip down (mostly bad) memory lane: Wolves' 54 draft picks since '89
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Entering Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves have gone through a total of 22 NBA Drafts, drafting 54 players.
Of the 54 players, five (9.3%) are currently on the roster, eight (14.8%) were traded on draft night and 20 (37%) never made an appearance in a Timberwolves uniform.
The franchise is riddled with poor draft day trades and draft picks. But even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in awhile.
This list depicts the best and worst in Timberwolves draft picks and trades, profiling each of the 54 draft choices (not including the expansion draft) since the franchise was established in 1989:
PG Pooh Richardson (10th overall)
Career statistics (1989 to 1999): 11.1 points per game, 6.5 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, 44% shooting on field goals.
Notes: Drafted out of UCLA, Richardson became an immediate impact for the newly instituted Timberwolves franchise, playing in all 82 games each of his first three seasons. His best year with the team and in the league came in the 1990-91 season, when averaged 17.1 points per game while shooting 47% from the field along with nine assists per game. Following the 1992 season, Richardson was dealt to Indiana along with Sam Mitchell for Chuck Person and Michael Williams. He went on to play seven more average seasons in the league with the Pacers and Clippers before the Clippers waived him in 1999.
C Gary Leonard (34th overall)
Career statistics (1989 to 1992): 1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg.
Notes: Leonard played just one season with the Timberwolves before being waived and signing with the Atlanta Hawks. The 7-foot-1 center from Missouri never averaged more than 1.2 rebounds per game in the league and played just two more seasons in Atlanta before being waived.
G-F Doug West (38th overall)
Career statistics (1989 to 2001): 9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 48% FG.
Notes: The last surviving member of the "original" Timberwolves, West made his presence known in Minnesota. The Villanova legend played nine seasons for the Wolves -- his best coming in 1992. when he started 80 games and averaged 19.3 points per game while shooting 51% from the field. West was also known for his defense throughout his time with the Wolves. After the 1992 season. West's numbers began to slide and he battled depression and alcoholism before the Wolves traded him to the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1998 for Anthony Peeler. He is currently coaching with his alma mater as an assistant to Jay Wright on the men's basketball team.
C Felton Spencer (6th overall)
Career statistics (1990 to 2002): 5.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 48% FG.
Notes: Spencer played three seasons with the Wolves before being traded to the Utah Jazz for veteran Mike Brown. His final season with the Wolves was also his worst with the franchise, as he averaged just 4.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Spencer's best season in the league came the following year in Utah, where he averaged 8.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. After three seasons in Utah, Spencer traveled around the leagued plagued by injuries and retired in 2002 with the New York Knicks.
G-F Gerald Glass (20th overall)
Career statistics (1990 to 1996): 7.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg.
Notes: A prolific scorer in college, Glass spent two full seasons with the Wolves. His best season in the league came with the Wolves in 1991, when he averaged 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He was traded four games into the 1992 season and never played a full season with the same team again, spending time with Detroit, New Jersey and Charlotte before retiring in 1996.
C Luc Longley (7th overall)
Career statistics (1992 to 2001): 7.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 46% FG.
Notes: Better known for playing on three championship teams with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, Longley was in a Timberwolves uniform from 1991 to 1993, when he was traded to Chicago for Stacey King. The 7-2 center never was a full-time starter for the Wolves and averaged 5.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his best full season with the team.
G Myron Brown (34th overall)
Career statistics (1991 to 1992): 2.3 ppg, 1.5 apg.
Notes: Brown played in only four games in his NBA career before the Timberwolves waived him just six months after drafting him. He went on to play six seasons in the CBA for the Fort Wayne Fury, followed by another seven seasons overseas.
F Christian Laettner (3rd overall)
Career statistics (1992 to 2005): 12.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 48% FG.
Notes: In 1992, the Timberwolves had the best chance at winning the NBA Draft Lottery -- the only time that had happened until this year. Both times, the Wolves fell short of the first overall selection. However, the price was particularly high in 1992, when they missed out on Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Laettner was coming off a championship season at Duke, etching his name amongst the legends of March with a buzzer-beater to defeat Kentucky, and he started all but seven games in the 3½ seasons he spent with the Timberwolves. But Laettner never improved on his rookie campaign with the Wolves, in which he averaged 18.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, and they traded him to the Atlanta Hawks in 1996 along with Sean Rooks for Andrew Lang and Spud Webb. He made one All-Star game with the Hawks, posting similar season averages to his first year (18.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg).
F Marlon Maxey (28th overall)
Career statistics (1992 to 1994): 4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg 54% FG.
Notes: Maxey transferred from the University of Minnesota to UTEP following his freshman year and played three seasons with the Miners. He spent two seasons in the NBA, both with the Timberwolves, playing 98 games before being released by the team before the start of the 1994 season.
G Chris Smith (34th overall)
Career statistics (1992 to 1995): 5.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.8 apg.
Notes: Smith played in three NBA seasons, all with the Timberwolves. His best numbers came in the 1993-94 season, when he averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 assists per game. After his NBA career, Smith spent the next five years in the CBA and touring through the Euro leagues.
F Tim Burroughs (51st overall)
Notes: Burroughs never played in an NBA game. He averaged 15.5 points per game through 55 games at Jacksonville University.
G Isaiah Rider (5th overall)
Career statistics (1993 to 2002): 16.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg.
Notes: Rider came left UNLV after his sophomore season and was the Wolves' second-leading scorer as a rookie, averaging 16.6 points per game. The following season was his best in the league, as he led the Wolves in scoring with 20.4 points per game. Rider and the Timberwolves rarely saw eye-to-eye, as he was constantly ignoring team rules and showing up late to meetings. Rider also found himself in trouble with the law in 1996, and the Wolves traded him that year to Portland for Bill Curley, James "Hollywood" Robinson and a 1997 first-round draft pick (Paul Grant).
F Sherron Mills (29th overall)
Notes: Mills never made it on an NBA roster after coming out of Virginia Commonwealth University. He did play professionally in Europe.
F Donyell Marshall (4th overall)
Career statistics (1994 to 2009): 11.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 apg.
Notes: Marshall was averaging 10.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists through 40 games in his rookie season when the Wolves traded him to the Golden State Warriors for Tom Gugliotta, who spent three full seasons with the Wolves and was an All-Star in 1997, when the team made its first trip to the playoffs. Marshall spent five years with Golden State, his longest tenure with any club, and ended up playing for eight teams in his 15-year career.
PG Howard Eisley (30th overall)
Career statistics (1994 to 2006): 6.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.5 apg.
Notes: Eisley's career with the Timberwolves was short-lived, too. He played in just 34 games before the team waived him, nine months after drafting the Boston College point guard. In his 34 games with the Wolves, Eisley averaged 3.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in just 14.6 minutes per game. He later found a home in Utah, where backed up John Stockton for five years, and went on to play in 12 NBA seasons with eight teams.
F Kevin Garnett (5th overall)
Career statistics (1995-present): 19.5 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.5 blocks per game, 49% FG.
Notes: In a highly debated decision, Garnett became just the fourth player in NBA Draft history to be drafted immediately out of high school and the first in 20 years, joining Reggie Harding (1962, Detroit), Darryl Dawkins (1975, Philadelphia) and Bill Willoughby (1975, Atlanta). Garnett's success started a trend in the league that lasted until 2006, when the NBA instituted an age limit rule stating U.S. players must be at least one year removed from high school and 19 years old. Garnett changed the face of the Timberwolves franchise for years, leading the team to eight consecutive playoff appearances. That included a Western Conference Finals trip in 2004, when Garnett won the Most Valuable Player award, averaged 24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game, tallied 71 double-doubles and shot nearly 50% from the field. He has made 14 All-Star teams and nine All-Defensive First Teams, was the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and led the league in rebounding four times. In 2007, Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics for five players (forwards Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes and Gerald Green, guard Sebastian Telfair and center Theo Ratliff), two first-round draft picks and cash considerations -- the largest package traded for one player in league history. Garnett went on to win an NBA Championship in 2008 with the Celtics and remains the best player to ever wear a Timberwolves jersey. He still receives a warm welcome upon returns to the Target Center.
G-F Mark Davis (48th overall)
Career statistics (1995 to 2000): 5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 apg.
Notes: Davis spent just one season in Minnesota, averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound swingman was released by the Wolves after 57 games. He went on to play two seasons in Philadelphia, followed by a one-year stint with both Miami and Golden State. He was released by the Warriors in 2000 and never returned to the NBA, although he still plays overseas.
G Jerome Allen (49th overall)
Career statistics (1995 to 1997): 2.9 ppg, 1.7 apg
Notes: Allen spent one season with the Wolves playing in 41 games before being released the following summer. He was picked up by the Pacers in 1996 and played in half of the season before being traded to Denver. After the season he was released by the Nuggets and never returned to the NBA. From 1997 to 2009 he played overseas in France, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Greece. He is now the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania's men's basketball team, his alma mater.
G Ray Allen (5th overall)
Career statistics (1996-present): 20.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 39% 3-point shooting.
Notes: The NBA's all-time leader in 3-point field goals, Allen was traded by the Timberwolves on draft night to the Milwaukee Bucks for Stephon Marbury. They both averaged more than 13 points per game in their first two seasons. However, Marbury's play-making ability enticed the front office, and he averaged more than 7.5 assists per game with the Timberwolves. Allen played in 6½ seasons with the Bucks, while Marbury played 2½ seasons before demanding a trade out of Minnesota. An NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, Allen also owns perhaps the purest jump shot in the league. He has been selected to 10 All-Star games and was a part of the Celtics' 2008 Championship campaign alongside Garnett.
C Paul Grant (20th overall)
Career statistics (1998 to 2004): 1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg.
Notes: Grant played in just four games with the Timberwolves, logging eight minutes and two points. He was part of the three-team trade in 1999 that saw the Timberwolves part with Marbury, Chris Carr and Curley in exchange for point guard Terrell Brandon. Grant's career never took off, as he only played in 16 NBA games. He also spent time in the D-League, averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and is now an assistant coach for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology men's basketball team.
F-C Gordon Malone (44th overall)
Notes: Malone never played in an NBA game. He played just two seasons at West Virginia University, averaging 12.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and later spent time with the Harlem Globetrotters as well as playing professionally in the CBA, ABA and overseas in China, Greece, Poland and Argentina.
C Rasho Nesterovic (17th overall)
Career statistics (1998 to 2010): 6.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 50% FG.
Notes: Rasho played in only two games during his rookie season with the Timberwolves but became a contributor in his second, playing in all 82. The Lituanian-born 7-footer's best season was 2002-03, when he played and started in 77 games, averaging 11.2 points and 6.5 rebounds and shooting 52.5% from the field. Rasho signed a free agent contract with San Antonio following that season and went on to win an NBA title with the Spurs. He has since played for the Toronto Raptors and Indiana before heading back overseas to play for the Greek powerhouse Olympiacos Piraeus.
F Andrae Patterson (46th overall)
Career statistics (1998 to 2000): 3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg.
Notes: Patterson played in just 40 NBA games over the course of two seasons, all with the Timberwolves. In his rookie season, he averaged eight minutes a game and shot 44% from the field. He has since bounced around the D-League, never finding a spot in a rotation.
Wally Szczerbiak (6th overall)
Career statistics (1999 to 2009): 14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 49% FG, 41% 3-PT.
Notes: Szczerbiak played 6½ seasons in a Timberwolves jersey and peaked in 2001-02, when he shot 46% from 3-point range and averaged 18.7 points per game. The game of "Wally World" was limited, though -- he battled injuries, played poor defense and struggled to create his own shot. He eventually was traded to the Celtics and continued to be part of packaged deals around the NBA -- most notably being traded to the Seattle Sonics in the trade that sent Allen to Boston. Szczerbiak has since retired from the NBA after a year with the Celtics, a half-season with Seattle and 1½ seasons in Cleveland.
PG Will Avery (14th overall)
Career statistics (1999 to 2002): 2.7 ppg, 1.4 apg.
Notes: Avery was one of the first Duke players to leave without graduating under coach Mike Krzyzewski, playing only two seasons for the legendary Blue Devils coach before leaping to the NBA. It was an ill-advised decision. Avery never produced in Minnesota, not once played in more than 60 games during a season and fell out of the NBA altogether in 2002. Since, Avery has toured Israel and Europe, playing for 11 different teams in seven years. In February, he signed a contract with Energa Czarni Slupsk in Poland.
G Louis Bullock (42nd overall)
Notes: Drafted out of the University of Michigan the former McDonald's All-American was traded to the Orlando Magic where he was waived before the season started. Bullock was never able to play in an NBA game. He played overseas from 1999 to 2010 where he lead the Italian League in scoring during the 2002 season and won Spanish League Finals MVP in 2005.
PG Igor Rakocevic (51st overall)
Career statistics (2002 to 2003): 1.9 ppg, 42% 3-PT.
Notes: The NBA came down hard on the Wolves for violating proper procedure in the signing of Joe Smith, taking away three first-round draft picks starting in 2000. That left them to fish for second-rounders such as Rakocevic, who came to Minnesota from his native Serbia after three years. He had won numerous awards overseas, including the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP in 1998 and a gold medal at the 2001 FIBA European Championship. But Rakocevic was waived by the Timberwolves after one season and returned overseas. He was named to the All-Euroleague First Team in 2009.
C Loren Woods (45th overall)
Career statistics (2001 to 2008): 2.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg.
Notes: Coming off a national championship loss to Duke at the Metrodome, the 7-foot-1 Arizona product joined the Wolves and shot only 41% from the field -- not a good conversion rate for someone shooting so close to the hoop. The Wolves let Woods go after two seasons, and he began to the bounce around the NBA, playing one year in Miami, two years in Toronto and seven games with the Houston Rockets before taking his game overseas. In 2010, Woods signed a deal with Al Riyadi Beirut in Lebanon.
G Marcus Taylor (51st overall)
Notes: Taylor never played in an NBA game. He had led the Big Ten in scoring and assists during his sophomore season at Michigan State under the tutelage of Tom Izzo. But he never got much of a look after leaving early for the NBA and since has played overseas and in the D-League.
F Ndudi Ebi (26th overall)
Career statistics (2003 to 2005): 2.1 ppg, 1.0 rpg.
Notes: First-round ban finally lifted, the Wolves chose one unproven high school forward before Memphis selected another, Kendrick Perkins. Drafting solely on potential, the Wolves reached on Ebi near the end of the first round and it proved to be an epic bust. Ebi played just 19 games over the course of two seasons and is now playing internationally.
F Rick Rickert (55th overall)
Notes: A hometown pick, Rickert graduated from Duluth East High School and played for the Gophers for two seasons. Thinking he would be a first-round pick, Rickert declared for the draft after his second season at the "U." But he never made an NBA roster and now plays in Puerto Rico for Bayamon Vaqueros.
G Blake Stepp (58th overall)
Notes: Stepp played in several preseason games with the Wolves but never made the roster. He went overseas to play in Serbia for a year, followed by a season in Spain.
G Rashad McCants (14th overall)
Career statistics (2005 to 2009): 10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.3 apg.
Notes: McCants came into the league after winning the NCAA title with North Carolina in his junior season. He could always score -- in college, he averaged 17.6 points per game and shot 49% from the field. But his ego often got in the way, and the Wolves traded him to Sacramento midway through the 2008-09 season. McCants was then released by the Kings and has yet to make a return to the NBA.
G Bracey Wright (47th overall)
Career statistics (2005 to 2007): 5.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.8 apg.
Notes: Many thought the Timberwolves found a steal with Wright. He was great friends and workout partners with Deron Williams, who also played in the Big Ten, but Wright's NBA career was short-lived. He played in just 26 games over two seasons with the Wolves and since has spent time in Europe. In 2008-09, he was teammates with new Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio on Joventut DKV.
G Brandon Roy (6th overall)
Career statistics (2006-present): 19.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.7 apg.
Notes: The Timberwolves drafted Roy, the senior out of Washington, but traded him on draft night to the Portland Trailblazers for guard Randy Foye. Roy went on to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award in 2007 and is a three time All-Star. He is known for his clutch play down the stretch of games, as well as in the playoffs, but he has been plagued with knee injuries and played in only 47 games last season. Foye was drafted No. 7 overall out of Villanova and played three seasons with the Wolves, averaging double-digit scoring each year, before they dealt him along with Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards in the summer of 2009 for Oleksiy Pecherov, Darius Songaila, Etan Thomas and the No. 5 overall pick the Wolves used on Rubio.
F Craig Smith (36th overall)
Career statistics (2006-present): 8.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 56% FG.
Notes: Earning the nickname "Rhino" for his brute statue and physical, bulldozing style of play, Smith became a reliable addition to the Wolves roster from 2006 to 2009. He was a hard-working role player who came in off the bench for the Timberwolves and provided an immediate boost. After three seasons, Smith was traded along with Mark Madsen and Sebastian Telfair to the Los Angeles Clippers for Quentin Richardson, who was flipped to Miami less than a month later for Mark Blount. Smith is a free agent this summer.
F Bobby Jones (37th overall)
Career statistics (2006 to 2008): 3.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg.
Notes: Another Washington player, Jones was traded for a 2007 second-round pick to Philadelphia, where he played one season before the 76ers dealt him to Denver. Jones' stay with the Nuggets was short-lived, too, and he ended up signing a series of 10-day contracts with Memphis, Houston and Miami. He also had stops in the D-league and Italy before retiring.
C Loukas Mavrokefalidis (57th overall)
Notes: Mavrokefalidis has yet to make the jump to the NBA, and questions remain about whether he should have been drafted in the first place. Mavrokefalidis has continued in basketball career playing in his home country of Greece, where he averaged 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game last season for Olympiacos Piraeus.
F Corey Brewer (7th overall)
Career statistics (2007-present): 8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg.
Notes: Coming off back-to-back NCAA championships at Florida, Brewer was one of three Gators teammates to be taken in the lottery. (Al Horford went third overall to the Hawks and Joakim Noah ninth overall to the Bulls.) He started all 82 games for the Timberwolves in the 2009-10 season, averaging 13.0 points per game, but never turned into the defensive stopper or shooter people expected him to become. With a glut at the "3" position, the Wolves included him in the massive February trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks and brought Anthony Randolph to Minnesota. Brewer was then waived by the Knicks and landed in Dallas, where he rode the bench to an NBA title.
F Chris Richard (41st overall)
Career statistics (2008 to 2010): 1.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg.
Notes: Another teammate of Brewer's at Florida, Richard spent his first year with the Timberwolves, appearing in 52 games. He was released before the 2008 season, played in the D-League for a year and signed two 10-day contracts with Chicago, which waived him in the summer of 2010. Richard has since played overseas.
O.J. Mayo (3rd overall)
Career statistics (2008-present): 16.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 38% 3-PT.
Notes: Add Mayo to the list of draft-night trades by the Wolves -- although this one turned out to be a win-win. The Wolves traded the rights to Mayo along with Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric and Antoine Walker to the Memphis Grizzlies for Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins, Mike Miller and the rights to Kevin Love, who has emerged as a rising star and made his first All-Star team last season. Mayo has found a home in Memphis, too -- he was a large part of their upset over the top-seeded Spurs in the 2011 playoffs.
F-C Nikola Peković (31st overall)
Career statistics (2010-present): 5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 52% FG.
Notes: Peković was considered a top talent in the 2008 draft, but his contract situation hindered several teams from taking him in the first round. After spending two more seasons overseas, playing with the Greek League club Panathinaikos and capturing the 2008-09 Euroleague title, Peković joined the Wolves last season and earned a backup role at center. His physical style of play is valued as he enters the second year of a three-year deal worth nearly $13 million.
PG Mario Chalmers (34th overall)
Career statistics (2008-present): 7.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg.
Notes: Traded on draft night to the Miami Heat for cash considerations and two future second-round picks, Chalmers went on to start all 82 games for Miami in his rookie season, averaging 10 points and nearly five assists per game. He played a significant role in Miami's run to the 2011 NBA Finals, finishing second on the team in playoff 3-point shooting (39%) and reinforcing his reputation as a clutch performer from his days at Kansas.
PG Ricky Rubio (5th overall)
2010-11 statistics (Regal FC Barcelona): 6.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.5 apg.
Notes: After two years of waiting, Rubio finally signed with the Wolves last month and was introduced in the Twin Cities this week. The Spanish sensation dazzled scouts while playing professionally in his homeland at age 14, earning fame for his flashy dribbling and passing. In 2008, Rubio became the youngest player to compete in the Olympic basketball final (age 17) and received high praise from such All-Stars as Jason Kidd and Chris Paul after Spain's loss to the United States in the gold-medal game. Rubio's numbers dipped this past season with Barcelona, which won the ACB League championship, leading to talk in scouting circles his game might have regressed.
PG Jonny Flynn (6th overall)
Career statistics (2009-present): 10.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg.
Notes: The second of three point guards the Wolves selected in the first round, Flynn started all 81 games he played during his rookie season out of Syracuse, averaging 13.5 points and 4.4 assists in 28.9 minutes per game. However, Flynn's inability to run an offense or play one-one-one defense hindered his ability to succeed and he fell out of favor last season as he battled injury and averaged just 5.3 points and 3.4 assists per game. He has been a fixture in trade rumors of late as he enters the third season of a five-year contract worth nearly $20 million.
PG Ty Lawson (18th overall)
Career statistics (2009-present): 8.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 50% FG, 40% 3-PT.
Notes: The third point guard taken, Lawson was coming off of an NCAA championship at North Carolina. However, the Wolves traded him on draft night to the Denver Nuggets for a first-round pick in 2010. Lawson struggled to find a role with the Nuggets as a rookie before emerging last season, averaging 10.2 points, 2.7 assists in 80 games in Denver.
G Wayne Ellington (28th overall)
Career statistics (2009-present): 6.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 39% 3-PT.
Notes: Lawson's teammate at UNC, Ellington became a role player for the Timberwolves the past two seasons. He has a smooth stroke from 3-point range and is an athletic wing. He struggles to create his own shot but is a hustle player.
G Nick Calathes (45th overall)
Notes: The Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year in 2008, Calathes came out of Florida after his second season but never made the Timberwolves' roster. He has played in the Greek League for two seasons with Panathinaikos, earning Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League First Team honors, and averaged 5.0 points per game last season.
F-C Henk Norel (47th overall)
Notes: The 6-11 forward-center is playing for Rubio's first Spanish League team, DKV Joventut. Last season, Norel averaged 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 16 games, shooting 56% from beyond the 3-point line.
F Wesley Johnson (4th overall)
Career statistics (2010-present): 9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.9 apg.
Notes: Johnson played his junior year of eligibility at Syracuse after transferring from Iowa State and entered the NBA as a 23-year-old rookie. Last season, Johnson presented flashes for the Wolves, starting 63 games of the 79 he appeared in, shooting 40% from the field and displaying the ability to guard the wing positions.
F Luke Babbitt (16th overall)
Career statistics (2010-present): 1.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 24 games.
Notes: The Wolves traded Babbitt along with Gomes to Portland on draft night for Martell Webster. Babbitt's rookie season was mostly spent in the D-League with the Idaho Stampede, while Webster's first year in Minnesota was injury-ridden. He suffered through a back injury, played in 46 games and averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds.
F Trevor Booker (23rd overall)
Career statistics (2010 to present): 5.3 ppg, 3.9 apg, 55% FG.
Notes: The Wolves packaged Booker along with 56th overall pick Hamady N'Diaye to the Washington Wizards for Lazar Hayward">Lazar Hayward and Nemanja Bjelica. A physical player who at times displays incredible athletic ability, Booker played in 65 games last year for the Wizards, averaging 16.4 minutes per game. Hayward, a senior who was Marquette's all-time second-leading scorer, played in 42 games with the Wolves as a rookie. He has a good 3-point shot and is crafted out of the work-hard-every-possession mode, but he'll struggle to make the team with the amount of wing players the Wolves have. Bjelica played in ACB Euroleague with Rubio and recently signed a five-year contract with the club Caja Laboral, where he averaged just 1.2 points per game.
C Paulão Prestes (45th overall)
Notes: The 6-11, 260-pound Brazil native plays in the Euroleague with CB Granada. This past season, he averaged 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds while shooting 49.5% from the field in 34 games. Prestes still has two more years on his Euroleague contract but met with Wolves officials recently to develop a workout regimen that should help him progress physically.
C Hamady N'Diaye (56th overall)
Career statistics (2010-present): 0.9 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 16 games.
Notes: The 7-footer averaged 2.8 blocks per game at Rutgers and was named 2009-10 Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He appeared in 16 games for Washington, spending most of his rookie season in the D-League with the Dakota Wizards.