Feb 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Wes Johnson (4) smiles during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Wolves Open Summer League With A W

Apr 22, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams (7) warms up before facing the Golden State Warriors at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Alongside 17 other players on the Timberwolves roster for the 2012 NBA Summer League,  last year’s 2nd overall pick forward Derrick Williams and guard Wes Johnson led the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 73-64 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.  Only ten of Timberwolves 19 players were able to play last night.

Former-Syracuse Orangemen star, Wes Johnson, led the Wolves with 16 points and Derrick William, a former Arizona Wildcat, chipped in with 15 points and pulled down 9 rebounds.

The Wolves were playing in somewhat the same style they have been having last season. Up-tempo. Pushing the ball and attacking the basket with force.

With Brazilian big man Paulo Prestes on their Summer League roster,  the Timberwolves had a better opportunity to run the ball with his presence in the paint. Prestes was drafted by the Wolves in 2010 but has only played a total of 19 minutes. The big man is known for his intense defense and his rebounding.

The Wolves certainly had the opportunity to push the ball thanks in part to their presence in the paint, led by Brazilian center Paulo Prestes. Prestes, drafted by the Wolves in 2010, played only 19 minutes but impacted the game immensely with his defense and his rebounding.  Prestes finished the game with 9 points and 8 rebounds, to which half of those were on the offensive end giving the Wolves multiple second chance opportunities.

Defensively, Prestes was able to clog the lane for Clipper guards and force them to make turnovers which allowed the Timberwolves to get out an run.

The way the big man played is a good sign for the Timberwolves as they could have possibly found a big man that could help them inside alongside Nikola Pekovic and of course, All-Star Kevin Love. We all know Love will get his double-digit rebounds, but when he sits, Prestes could be that guy that comes off the bench and gets 5 to 7 rebounds a night. Offensively he’s not that bad as well as he shot 4-7 from the field.

#58 pick Robbie Hummel, who was selected by the Timberwolves finished with 6 points and also grabbed 6 rebounds.

For the Clippers, Terrico White, who played for the Detroit Pistons in the 2010-2011 NBA season, led the team with 16 points. Eric Bledoe, Adam Morrison, and Hilton Armstrong each had 11 points as the Clippers fell to the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves Summer League continues tonight as they will be taking on the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas 9:30 PM CT. You can watch the game on NBA TV.

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