I've been closely following the mocks and the perceived value of various prospects tied to the Wolves, and two of them have eerily similar paths as two prospect from last year.
Player A reminds me of Dion Waiters. Dion entered draft season with many mocks putting him in the later teens of the first round. As workouts and number crunchers went to work, he slowly worked his way up to about the 9th position. There he stagnated in the mocks only to be taken 4th overall on draft day by the Cavs.
Player B reminds me of Perry Jones. Jones was a VERY hot prospect who came into college as a top 5 player and was mocked in the top 5 before he decided to return for his sophomore year. His stock was high in early mocks, but fell out of the top 5 during his sophomore season. As the draft process began, rumors of his dropping value pushed his stock into the late lottery and as low as 20. On Draft day he fell to 28 with the Thunder.
I should be clear, Players A and B don't remind me of Waiters and Jones due to their physique, playing style, or anything to do with basketballs skills. Their similarity is based purely on perceived draft value.
Player A - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope So far KCP has risen from the late teens to the consensus #9 pick. Now there is no guarantee that the Wolves will be there at 9 as they may trade up or out of the draft. But if KCP continues to catch fire, he just might land as the 4th, 5th or 6th pick. On the whole, I think this is bad news for the Wolves.
Player B - Shabazz Muhammed. Before his college career started Shabazz was the #1 player in most mocks. Today he has fallen to the later lottery or lower. Based on several opinions on this site - particularly vjl's - Shabazz SHOULD continue to fall. Depending on your point of view, this is either great or tragic news for the Wolves who may be staring at Shabazz at #26. At 26, I'd have a really hard time criticizing the Wolves if they took Shabazz here.