Whenever you’re assembling a solid basketball team the big man position is quite possibly the biggest key if that team wants to become better, unless of course you have a player like LeBron James. For the Minnesota Timberwolves, in the 2012 NBA Off-Season, they have already acquired two big men in Greg Stiemsma and Dante Cunningham. Russian forward Andrei Kirilenko may also be capable to playing that same position.
Lately, the Timberwolves are still looking for more big men. With Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love already securing their spot in the starting lineup, the possible addition of NBA free agent Mehmet Okur might just twist the rotation of big men.
In the last two NBA seasons, Okur has been aiding countless injuries which made him available for 30 games in 148 games.
When I think of Okur, I think of shooting, simple as that. Now, that either be a good thing or a bad thing as that is basically the only thing Okur can do. However, with a deep team like the Timberwolves now, Okur won’t be as highly accountable for making big plays or taking the game into his own hands. Coming off the bench will most likely be his role. If signed, in my opinion, he should be the 2nd big man off the bench after Greg Stiemsa as both of them provide that offense and defense punch that can balance out the Timberwolves while the starters sit.
After playing 7 seasons with the Utah Jazz and getting his name out to the NBA world, Okur was traded to the New Jersey Nets, now Brooklyn Nets for a future first round pick. Ever since the 2009-2010 NBA season, Okur hasn’t been the same player. All of his numbers dropped drastically and he has long been forgotten as one of the members of that Utah Jazz team that went all the way to the 2007 NBA Western Conference Finals. The former NBA All-Star and one-time NBA champion with the 2004 Detroit Pistons, Okur poses a big question mark for the Timberwolves. Will he be able to contribute? Will he stay healthy?
The Timberwolves have been rumored to offer Okur with a veteran’s minimum contract which is exactly how much he is worth right now. Last season with the Nets, Okur averaged 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds through 17 games played.
If the signing is to go through, Okur will be reunited with his former teammate, Andrei Kirilenko, who was just signed by Minnesota this off-season.