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Final mock draft roundup: Still no consensus on Wolves' pick at No. 4

Final mock draft roundup: Still no consensus on Wolves' pick at No. 4

by Tom Pelissero
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With a little more than 24 hours to go until the NBA Draft, let's take a spin through what several national writers are saying in their final mock drafts about the first three picks and the Minnesota Timberwolves' selections at Nos. 4, 16 and 23:

Chad Ford, ESPN
1. John Wall, PG, Kentucky
2. Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State
3. Wesley Johnson">Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse

4. Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech: "The Timberwolves will be sick to their stomachs if this scenario takes place. The two players they covet are Turner and Johnson. If the Sixers and Nets take them, the Wolves would be left to consider two bigs with whom they aren't entirely comfortable."

16. James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State: "The Wolves have been actively trying to package Nos. 16 and 23 to move up a few spots in the draft to get their hands on (Fresno State small forward Paul) George. But if George is gone, there aren't a lot of prospects they're in love with here."

23. Larry Sanders, PF, Virginia Commonwealth: "With the Wolves going with wings with their first two picks, look for them to take a swing at a player with huge upside at No. 23. Sanders has a freakishly long wingspan and can really run the floor. He also gives the Wolves something that they've been in short supply of -- shot-blocking."

Ian Thomsen, Sports Illustrated
1. Wall
2. Turner
3. Johnson

4. DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kentucky: "They'll either take Cousins or trade to someone who wants him. If they hold on to Cousins, then they'll have a center to pair up front with Kevin Love, freeing them to trade Al Jefferson big-for-small and land a wing player they covet."

16. George: "They need scoring wings and George has the potential to fill that need, so this could be a steal if he's still on the board. There has been talk of Minnesota's sending this pick to Memphis in exchange for pick Nos. 25 and 28."

23. Domonique Jones, SG, South Florida: "Jones is on the small side for a two-guard and he must improve his shooting, but he plays with energy and gets to the rim. But what are the chances that Minnesota keeps this pick?"

Jeff Goodman,
1. Wall
2. Turner
3. Favors

4. Wesley Johnson">Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse: "The T-Wolves could use a wing who can stretch the defense and make shots from the perimeter. That's Johnson's strength as he made nearly 42 percent of his 3-pointers a year ago."

16. George: "He's an under-the-radar guy who has a ton of potential. He's versatile, a big-time athlete and is more skilled than many give him credit for."

23. Sanders: "This is one of those potential picks. Sanders is long and talented, but it'll take some time. He definitely gives the T-Wolves a different look up front."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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