The NBA Draft experts have all weighed in with their final 2011 NBA mock drafts, it seems, and not a lot has changed for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Of course these aren't factoring in draft-night trades so anything could still happen with David Kahn in charge!
The Wolves are projected to select Arizona forward Derrick Williams and Texas swingman Jordan Hamilton, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. Those picks aren't surprises by any means as both players have been projected to Minnesota in previous renditions, but Givony did hint at a possible swerve that could happen.
"Multiple NBA teams who spoke with the Timberwolves on Wednesday were informed they were leaning toward picking Enes Kanter at No. 2," Givony wrote, "which was later confirmed by Minnesota itself."
ESPN also predicts that Williams will become a Timberwolf, along with Georgia Tech point guard Iman Shumpert, and corroborates the Kanter rumors. Chad Ford says that the Wolves should stick with Williams because "talents trumps need," but I'm not sure the talent gap is that large between the two players.
To complete the look at the big gun's mock drafts, Sports Illustrated has Williams along with Providence guard Marshon Brooks heading to the Timberwolves. No surprises, nothing sexy and frankly that just doesn't seem like the Kahn way.
Most interesting, none of the three predict the Wolves to take a big man despite Darko Milicic showing nothing to get excited about this past season. Maybe they're targeting a free agent?