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Barnes in the mix for #1?

With Harrison Barnes finally showing the stuff that made him the #1 option on many people's draft boards at the start of the year, it's time to evaluate what the Wolves should do if the Wolves were in a position to draft him.

If they're in a position where they can draft him, assuming they like him, you can make the argument that neither David Kahn or our fanbase should concern themselves about a "logjam" at the 3/2 position.  None of Martell Webster, Wesley Johnson, Lazar Hayward, Wayne Ellington are difference makers.  They all have the ability to add some value on the floor, but not enough to warrant NOT drafting a player who increasingly has shown a willingness, and an ability, to be THE guy, on one of the best teams in the nation, against some of the best teams in the nation.  

Our current starting SF, Beasley warrants different consideration.  He scores like a top tier SF, but does little to add to the rest of the teams'  performance.  He passes only in rare and surprising spurts, and has shown less ability to play even mediocre defense.  He rebounds terribly for a SF, especially given his size advantage over other SF's.   Given this, it seems like building around Barnes makes sense.

On the other hand, is Barnes likely to be a better scorer than Beasley in the next 2-3 years?  Probably not, given his learning curve in the ACC, and the fact that Beasley is still a baby in NBA terms, and his production should continue to improve.   Both Kahn and Coach Rambis have stated that getting younger is not the way they want to go (Rambis won't stop talking about getting more veteran leadership), and Beasley has shown more focus and willingness to learn than in his first 2 years in Miami. 

Couldn't we play Beasley and Barnes together at the SF and SG respectivley?  I don't thing so. Having watched Barnes, he appears to be a much more natural SF than SG.  His handle isn't very good(yet), and he has really only thrived since they moved Kendall Marshall to the point, indicating he needs a PG to create opportunities for him.

My opinion is he's the only one in the draft who has shown some ability to be a perimeter oriented go-to guy in the draft. It's hard to say with Irving's injury where he fits in.  What do the Wolves do?

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