Let’s take a look back at where some key Minnesota Timberwolves players would be selected if their respective draft classes had a re-draft?
Re-drafts are always a fun exercise. It’s always a bit challenging to re-draft recent classes, of course, so today we’re going to focus on historical drafts that current Minnesota Timberwolves were part of.
With more recent draft there’s a small sample size and variance of untapped potential and adjustment to the league that it’s a tough practice to redo the drafts. We won’t be including any players that are still on rookie deals.
Let’s start with veteran locker room leader James Johnson and his 2009 draft class.
2009 NBA Draft
The Wolves’ sixth man was taken by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 16 pick in 2009.
Since then, he’s one of 14 players in the draft that is still in the league. Johnson has averaged 8.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and almost a steal and a block per game over the course of his career. He’s been a relatively successful role player while making stops on six different teams.
Looking at his draft class, there’s the following tiers, listing players being in no specific order within each category.
All-Stars (or better)
- Jeff Teague
- Ricky Rubio
- Ty Lawson
- Darren Collison
- Patrick Beverley
- Joe Ingles
- Wesley Matthews
- Danny Green
Fringe starters and key bench pieces
- Tyreke Evans
- Brandon Jennings
- Gerald Henderson
- Taj Gibson
- Patty Mills
- DeMarre Carroll
- Aron Baynes
- Garrett Temple
James Johnson would probably be right at the end of the last section and go No. 21 in a re-draft. He’d have an argument to move two spots up over Carroll and Temple, or one spot down behind Wayne Ellington. However, him landing at No. 21 has him falling five spots from his actual draft slot of No. 16.