Updated: 02/08/2013 4:52 PM KSTP.com By: Ben Musel
There is an obvious problem with the guard play of the Minnesota Timberwolves. One the defensive end, they just get run through. Bigger guys have their way with the meek backcourt that the Wolves throw out all game.
Unless a trade is made, this team will trot out one short guy and one skinny guy for 48 minutes a game and overtimes when needed. Want something different? Try two short guys. They can also offer two skinny guys.
That's not going to cut it in the NBA. Each and every one of Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, JJ Barea and Alexey Shved have played valiantly and all have done their fair share and had their good games, but the team needs a more sizable guard.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Barea and Ridnour were shopped for some size as the trade deadline approaches. It’s sort of like having Rubio and three sixth man types. Shved is young and growing, but the others make for a legitimate trade chip to help build for the future.
In order for this stable of guards to make it past the trade deadline the team would probably have to go on a substantial win streak and it would need to be evident by the All-Star break. They are too good, but too ineffectual together and in a team setting to justify going forward with the idea that this portion of the formula is complete.
Think about this: Oklahoma City not only has their own first rounder, but has the Mavericks and the favorably protected Toronto first rounder as well. Cleveland could have four first round draft picks and Phoenix has three. Utah has an extra pick and a need for a guard.
If the team can muster a trade for a player who fits the team's needs for this season and beyond using multiple assets good for them. If they have not seen the right progress as a team and don’t start looking for at least a pick, shame on them.
Eventually this team needs to find a player that is somewhere between 6’4” and 6’8” and at least 20 lbs heavier than Rubio or Shved. Obviously, three-point shooting and defense would be optimal and ball-handling is a plus.
Either way, this team is in desperate need of bigger guards.