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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Minnesota Timberwolves Projected To Pick Jeffrey Taylor

NBA mock draft season is officially underway for the 2012 season following Wednesday night's lottery. The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't have a horse in that race -- their pick ended up with the New Orleans Hornets -- but now have a bit clearer picture of what might be available to them now that the order is set.

It's pretty clear that the biggest issues for the Wolves are on the wing and, while ESPN's Chad Ford predicts the Wolves to go with Austin Rivers, CBS Sports expert Jeff Goodman sees them going in a different direction with Vanderbilt Commodores swingman Jeffery Taylor.

The T'Wolves could use an athletic wing who can lock people down on the defensive end. Taylor is an improved shooter, but he can be a hellacious defender.

Taylor's a good player and everything, but it would seem the Wolves need someone that can create on the offensive end ... though a dominant player on defense is never a bad thing.

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