Two years ago, prior to the draft, I wrote a rather lengthy fan post detailing the many reasons why Wolves should draft Paul George. Of course, instead Kahn selected Wes Johnson and traded the Babbit pick to Portland for Martell Webster and, now, nearly two years later, Minnesota is still looking for a wing that will provide the team with the very attributes that Paul George has displayed with the Pacers deep into the second round of the playoffs.
Several of you have written nice assessments of the 2012 draft class, as well as made the reasonable point would be better served including the 20th pick in a package that might yield the team a veteran wing player who would be an improvement upon both Martell Webster and Wesley Johnson. It's an understandable point, one that I agree with; however, if the team is unable to find that player in a trade, I wonder if they might be able to find a reasonable facsimile to Paul George in Baylor's Perry Jones.
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Several of you, notably Stop-N-Pop, have posted sound arguments why the Wolves should avoid drafting Perry Jones. However, I wonder if the statistical arguments against drafting Jones are distorted by the fact that he's played out of position for the past two years. Might those numbers look different if he'd been playing at SF? Chad Ford and a few other draft pundits have floated the idea that Perry Jones most natural position is at SF and that if he's allowed to play that position by the team that selects him, the player that Jones might most closely resemble is Paul George.
So I'm curious if any of you Canis Hoopers share that thought and, in the event Kahn can't make a move to acquire an adequate veteran wing, could you be open to the Wolves moving up 10 to 12 spots to select Jones? Honestly, if they could package Wes and a future #1 with the 20th pick, I'd be on board... provided the team could move Derrick Williams for a shot blocker or a starting SG.