Timberwolves' midseason grades: players, coaches and overall

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Despite defensive lapses and occasional shot selection issues, has significantly elevated his performance and focus after two subpar seasons with Miami.

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fracas

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Jan 16, 2011
 

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My Grades:
Beasley B, needs to work a little harder on defense, and create more for others
Brewer B-, marginal offensive skills, superior effort, the teams best defender
Ellington C-, shows flashes when gets a chance, inconsistent, turnover prone
Flynn F-, you may choose to give him a "free pass", I don't, just awful
Hayward incomplete, has had virtually no opportunity, but shows some skills
Johnson C-, you hope for more from the drafts #4, has a nice stroke w/o results
Koufos C, plays hard, hurries too much when gets a chance, shows some promise
Love A-, great on offense, not so much on defense, has a chance to be a star
Milicic C, now you see what frustrates people, has skills but just teases on offense
Pekovic C-, admit it, you were hoping for more, weren't you effort, but no skill
Ridnour B-, struggles against quick PGs, shoots very well, better than Flynn-Telfair
Telfair C-, runs the offense pretty well, shot improving, should get Flynn's minutes
Tolliver B, shoots pretty well, defends pretty well, plays hard, what more is there?
Webster C-, inconsistent, some nights he is there, and some nights he isn't
Coaching C, the players are getting better, the game management sucks
Management C, drafting has been poor, stealing Beasley was huge
Overall C-, the wins have not come, but the team is much more watchable, and better
Mike L

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Jan 16, 2011
 

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fracas wrote:
My Grades:
Beasley B, needs to work a little harder on defense, and create more for others
Brewer B-, marginal offensive skills, superior effort, the teams best defender
Ellington C-, shows flashes when gets a chance, inconsistent, turnover prone
Flynn F-, you may choose to give him a "free pass", I don't, just awful
Hayward incomplete, has had virtually no opportunity, but shows some skills
Johnson C-, you hope for more from the drafts #4, has a nice stroke w/o results
Koufos C, plays hard, hurries too much when gets a chance, shows some promise
Love A-, great on offense, not so much on defense, has a chance to be a star
Milicic C, now you see what frustrates people, has skills but just teases on offense
Pekovic C-, admit it, you were hoping for more, weren't you effort, but no skill
Ridnour B-, struggles against quick PGs, shoots very well, better than Flynn-Telfair
Telfair C-, runs the offense pretty well, shot improving, should get Flynn's minutes
Tolliver B, shoots pretty well, defends pretty well, plays hard, what more is there?
Webster C-, inconsistent, some nights he is there, and some nights he isn't
Coaching C, the players are getting better, the game management sucks
Management C, drafting has been poor, stealing Beasley was huge
Overall C-, the wins have not come, but the team is much more watchable, and better
I can't disagree with those grades. Nice assessment. I'm hoping Pekovic continues to work hard to finish easy buckets because his footwork downlow is outstanding. I'm also hopeful Kahn makes a move for Anthony Randolph because we need more length off the bench. Knicks are looking for a 1st rounder. Randolph would probably be a top 3 pick in the draft this year. Seems like a no brainer to me.
Jonboy

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Jan 16, 2011
 

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Get rid of Flynn & Ridnour immediately.
Tony Rozycki

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Jan 17, 2011
 

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my grades

Love A
Beasley B
Milicic B
Ridnour B
Koufos C+
Pekovic C+
Johnson C+
Brewer C+
Toliver C
Rambis B+
others D+ or incomplete
Tony Rozycki

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Jan 17, 2011
 
Telfair C
johnny

Brooklyn, NY

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Jan 18, 2011
 
HOW IS FLYNN PLAYING AHEAD OF SEBASTIAN TELFAIR. FLYNN STATS CONTINUE TO DROP. AND YET HE CONTINUES TO PLAY.
Mike L

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Jan 18, 2011
 
johnny wrote:
HOW IS FLYNN PLAYING AHEAD OF SEBASTIAN TELFAIR. FLYNN STATS CONTINUE TO DROP. AND YET HE CONTINUES TO PLAY.
Telfair is dealing with plantar fasciitis so he's not 100% and Flynn was a high draft pick who was seen as an important piece of the future. I'm not a fan of his either right now, but I think the hope is that he starts making some shots and plays well again soon.

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Jan 18, 2011
 
You have to wonder about a coach who watches a guy like Love daily in practice and games and doesnt have the intelligence to start him and actually wanted to trade him at the beginning of the year.

Rambis F-
He's gota go and the sooner the better..........
Ya maaan

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Jan 18, 2011
 

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I cant disagree more with those grades in article.Here are my grades.

Love B - excellent rebounder,scorer horrible defender
Beasley C - horrible defender,absent,sometimes lost,from time to time good scoring game
Milicic C+- last few games A+, but to many bad games in the beginning of the season,our best player right now and gett
Ridnour D-- not smart,horrible defender,turnover machine
Koufos C - for the money he is naja ok
Pekovic C - ok but call to many fouls on him,will be better
Johnson D - major dissapointment up until now
Brewer C+- average defender in NBA but with Darko by far the best defender on our team.
Toliver C - ok, nothing to add
Rambis D+- no authority,no energy,sometimes clueless
Flynn D-- horrible in every possible way
others D+ or incomplete
DD Austin

Brandon, MS

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Jan 18, 2011
 

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"F" period!! End of discussion! ;-(
Tony Rozycki

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Jan 18, 2011
 

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D for Darko?

You must mean D for Robinson!
johnny

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Jan 18, 2011
 
Anyone here think Corey Brewer or Wes Johnson is a better player than Martell Webster?

So why do those players START at the 2 instead of Martell?

They're all the same height (please look at draftexpress.com heights).

They all can slide 2 or 3, but only one of them can create off the dribble for himself and others as well as hit the long ball putting up consistent offensive numbers.

hmm... There could also be a case for Martell being a far better defender than both... shutting down the likes of Bryant and others.
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Jan 20, 2011
 

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