The overhaul is (mostly) complete.
Or, at least, most of the heavy lifting is done. There will likely be a couple of roster-balance-type moves (J.J. Barea), but the new lineup has largely taken shape.
There remains a slight chance that Cunningham could return, and Barea is all but certain to be traded or bought-out, as Williams was clearly signed to be the new backup point guard. Nobody wants a third-string J.J. Barea, that’s for sure.
So here’s what the depth chart looks like on the morning of August 24:
PG: Ricky Rubio, Mo Williams, (J.J. Barea)
SF: Andrew Wiggins, Chase Budinger, Glenn Robinson III
PF: Thaddeus Young, Anthony Bennett, Robbie Hummel
Considering that the roster is now void of a superstar, it could be a lot worse. It’s better than, say, the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers. We know that much.
There’s a lack of shooting, as only Martin, Budinger, and Williams have demonstrated a past ability to shoot three-pointers at a league-average rate or better.
Young is already a borderline star, and Pekovic and Rubio are both better than league-average starters at their respective positions. Wiggins is truly an unknown, and Martin’s utter lack of defensive ability renders him as a wash instead of a net-positive player.
The depth is good, albeit largely unproven. Williams is a good backup point guard, and Dieng seems to be one of the best backup centers in the league. Bennett was atrocious last year but has major talent, and it’s anyone’s guess if LaVine can provide any positive production in his rookie season.
Budinger and Brewer are known quantities as league-average-type role players, and Hummel and Turiaf are very nice deep bench players to have. Look for Robinson to end up in the D-League at the start of the season.
Other than a possible Barea trade or buyout, and the potential for a Turiaf trade (simply because he’s a legitimate backup center, not a third-string guy) that could allow for the return of Dante Cunningham, the roster is fairly balanced.
Now, it’s time for Front Office Flip to put on his Coach Saunders hat and get to work. Cultivation of the immense stable of talent that the Wolves have acquired over the past few months is vital, and is the clear next step in Saunders’ goal of rebuilding the squad on the fly.
We’ll be continuing our player capsules over the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend.