Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thoughts on the Timberwolves So Far

With a record of 2-7, let's take our first look at the Timberwolves' season:

- Fun to Watch: This team is so much more fun to watch than last year's squad. It may not show in the win-loss column yet but these Timberwolves are a lot more talented and athletic than they were last season. They are potent on the offensive side and are one of the best rebounding team in the NBA.
- Thin at PG: With the Luke Ridnour sidelined for at least one more week, the Wolves are forced to start Sebastian Telfair as well as pick up a street free agent Sundiata Gaines to back him up. Jonny Flynn is practicing and is targeting to return on Wednesday, November 17
- Michael Beasley: His 42-pt career night lifted the Wolves over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. He seems to be having the proper attitude and motivation so far this season. He is also showing some effort on the defensive side and some leadership abilities. Looking forward to see if he can come into his own as a dependable all-star type forward.

- Wesley Johnson: I like what I'm seeing from Wes so far. He is a dependable outside shooter and has shown some flashes of his athleticism and court vision.
- Darko Milicic: It's fairly incredible how raw his offensive game is after 7 years in the league. Although he provides a nice presence defensively, he is virtually useless on the offensive side with a 29% field goal rate. Darko still consistently misses easy hook shots that he should be mastering by now.
- Corey Brewer: I agree with the team's decision to not sign his option for next season. Although he provides great energy and hustle on defense, Brewer is an expandable player with the Wolves' glut of wing players. He wi

- Kevin Love needs to be more consistent as an offensive player. He still has trouble getting off his shot in the paint.
- Martell Webster: The swingman is looking to return at the end of the month. The Wolves need him to provide more consistency at the shooting guard position.
- Ricky Rubio: ESPN's Outside The Line will interview Ricky Rubio on Sunday, November 14.

Season Prediction: 25-57, 5th Northwest Division

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NFL Draft 2011: Early Look At The Vikings Needs

With the Minnesota Vikings currently standing at 3-5 after an overtime victory against the hapless Arizona Cardinals, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the position of needs for the NFL Draft 2011. Although they are still alive to make the playoffs, let's face it: The Vikings simply aren't a very good team and most likely will have a hard time even finishing the season as a .500 team. At this point, the Vikings currently project to select in the top 10 in the upcoming draft, a high spot that could net them a franchise player if they make the right pick.

Team Needs:

: Is Tarvaris Jackson the future of the franchise? It's very unlikely that Jackson will ever turn into a solid starter for the purple and gold at this point. He has been extremely unimpressive so far in his career and it says something when a 41-yr old man with two broken legs and various other injuries is still starting over him. Joe Webb is a nice developmental QB but it will probably take a few more years for him to even be considered a candidate.

: As feared, the Vikings weren't able/willing to get a playmaking safety in the 2010 draft. This is coming to bite them this season as the secondary is consistently getting torched. Madieu Williams is barely adequate as a finesse player, Tyrell Johnson is a complete bust, Hussain Abdullah and Jamarca Sanford are special team players who have no business starting in the NFL. Is anyone really expecting the secondary to hold with these kind of players?

DT: Pat Williams is most likely playing the last season of his career and it has become quite apparent that the Vikings once-stout run defense is only a memory at this point in time. Minnesota needs someone who can take pressure off Kevin Williams. Arguably, most of the Vikings pass rush issues comes from the declining play of Pat Williams.

OL: Center John Sullivan should be upgraded. Bryant McKinnie, 31, is overrated and can be upgraded with a top-of-the-shelf prospect. Phil Loadholt is better suited as an interior offensive lineman.

WR: After the recent Randy Moss debacle as well as the numerous injuries that have ravaged the Vikings WR, the team would be well served to draft a middle-round prospect to develop as a capable 3rd or 4th behind the injury-prone Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.

Any thoughts or comments on the state of the Vikings?