The scale will be from F-A+. I will rank each player and give him his grade.
I will be doing this as much as possible.
11/27/12 Vs. Sacramento
PG: Luke Ridnour- Luke played well scoring 18 points in this one. His mid-range jump shot was looking very good in this one as well as his ability to move like Steve Nash. Nash consistently dribbles the ball under the basket and around which is something Ridnour has added to his game over the years. Rating: B+
SG: Malcolm Lee- Currently my favorite player on the Wolves roster. He has struggled in his 2nd year so far but Adelman has thrown him into the role of a starter and heís starting to adapt well. It would be nice if we could see him return to form. He was able to take over games while he played at UCLA. Last night we caught a small glimpse of that. We have seen Leeís explosiveness so far this season and by my standards last night was his best game so far of the young year. Rating: A-
SF- Andrei Kirilenko- Consistency has been Kirilenkoís game the entire season. Being the steady Small Forward piece that the Wolves need. He does a bit of everything and his hustle has been fantastic so far. He scored a decent amount last night with 14 points but is most impressive were his 3 blocks. That is an impressive number for a SF. I hope to see him continue to play like this the entire season. Rating: B
PF- Kevin Love- Love has been back for a few games now but last night was his first game without the brace. It didnít seem to make much of a difference though. He scored 23 points with 24 rebounds. Itís always fun to see a player getting more rebounds than points if it is in such a high magnitude. The only downside to his game last night was shooting 2-8 from beyond the arc. That is an extremely small sample though and Iím sure that percentage will go up. Rating: A/A+
C- Nikola Pekovic- Pekovic has been playing well for the most part this season. We see him putting up close to 20 points most nights (without Ricky Rubio). When Rubio returns I believe that Pekovicís numbers will increase by about 3-4 points per game. Nikola had a +/- rating of +10 last night which was tied for a team high with Kevin Love. Pekovicís four turnovers are not something to be happy about but he had an off game with that. Iím not reading too far into the turnover numbers with him. Having a healthy Pekovic for the entire season can make a monumental difference to the way the Wolves do this season. A true center and a bruiser is a lost art in this league but Pek is doing his best to bring that back. Rating: A-
Dante Cunningham- Dante has been the nicest part of this season thus far. A true stud at Villanova his game didnít translate that well to the NBA. However, that may be because he was never given much of a real shot. Rick Adelman has given him that and it sure has paid off. Bringing his excellent mid range game to Minnesota he has come up clutch many times this season. On this night he only scored six points but managed to come down with six rebounds as well. Rating: C
Josh Howard- I was very pleased with the addition of Josh Howard to the Wolves. Not for his talent but for his almost bad boy attitude. If you donít remember the Josh Howard marijuana debacle I suggest you watch this.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Totv8gENEKo
Well Howard played just 7 minutes in this game almost doing nothing but picked up a block. The Wolves hadnít been getting any blocks in previous years so itís always nice to see any player get a block. Rating: D+
Alexey Shved- Wolves fans had very high hopes for him coming into this season. He has disappointed me a bit so far. But I am nowhere near giving up on him. He has come up clutch in fourth quarters and never gives up on a play. He scored just eight points in 27 minutes but managed to get two steals and only one turnover. Not bad numbers but not great. I look forward to seeing Shved continue to improve this season. Rating: C
J.J. Barea- Barea has been solid all season with the absence of Ricky Rubio. His flashy style of play is always fun to see (if it is being productive). When he is turning it over and not being productive he makes you want him to get released. Two points in 18 minutes should be a season low for J.J. but he facilitated the ball very well racking up six assists and only one turnover (on a flashy pass I believe (May have not been his fault)). Four total rebounds for the little guy is also nice to see. Rating: C+
The rest of the roster did not play:
I will review all those guys later as well.
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