Friday, August 6, 2010

Wolves Continue to Shake Up Roster by Adding Anthony Tolliver

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed forward Anthony Tolliver to a two-year deal.

The Breakdown
The Wolves continue to players who can play in an uptempo offense. Tolliver came out of the D-League to be one of the biggest surprises last season, averaging 11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists for Golden State. While it's great news that the Wolves want to run more next year, the question is "who will be out there doing the running?"

At 6'9", Tolliver is a natural power forward. The problem is that Kevin Love is entrenched as the starting PF and the recently acquired Michael Beasley figures to get the reserve PF minutes. I doubt the Wolves use Tolliver at small forward because they are loaded with wing players. What I anticipate is Tolliver will be used at center, like he was in Golden State. The Wolves could use Tolliver in a small-ball line up to push the pace if they fully intend to play like the Warriors, Knicks, and Suns.

We'll have to wait and see what the Minnesota rotation looks like during the preseason to get a good idea of Tolliver's value, as well as most of the other players on the roster. For the time being, I'd consider Tolliver more of a deep league option with a lot of potential if he solidifies his role on the Wolves.

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