I may be in the minority, but I do not think I am alone in thinking that the Wolves are without a bona fide star player that can both produce with consistency and open up the floor for his teammates. We have a handful of guys with starter-level experience on playoff teams (Ridnour, Beasley, Webster) and another in Kevin Love who made the All-Star Team due to his productivity, last year. What the team seems to lack, in my opinion, is a guy other teams have to gameplan around because of the matchup problem that he creates. It isn't the only problem the Wolves face--there is an entire other side of the court that needs just as much attention. But I don't think the team will make meaningful strides toward a playoff birth, and certainly not toward contention, until it adds a player that can rack up points and assists while attracting help defenders away from his teammates who cannot create for themselves.
In light of the lottery results, let's revisit the question of how the Wolves can find a star.
With the Number 2 Pick, the Wolves will not be able to select Kyrie Irving. Many believe he has Chris Paul potential. The players pegged below him on the mocks have different red flags or weaknesses that shed doubt on their ability to reach a superstar level. Williams might be a tweener. Kanter has limited sample size to analyze, and he's undersized to be a dominant center. In any case, it may be difficult or impossible to find a future star at Number 2.
Kahn doesn't worry at all about attracting top-notch free agents to Minnesota. I'm not sure that I believe him. In any case, the list isn't exactly stacked with star potential. The best candidates are centers (Yao, Oden, M. Gasol). Two of them have huge injury issues. The other will be expensive and possibly just unavailable because his own team will match any offer. We'll have to see about that.
Trade ideas are more difficult to discuss, because we as fans have little-to-no idea what is possible, out there. We can only look back in history and decide for ourselves what names might become hot trade chatter, and what Wolves assets might suffice in landing a top-notch player. For one fan's recent assessment of player trade value, see here and here.
Wait for Ricky Rubio
What do you think?