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Offense: A limited offensive player who likes to face the basket and is primarily a jump-shooter at this point. Like most left-handed players, doesnt have the best shooting mechanics in the world, but is fairly consistent from 15-18 feet. Career 75% free throw shooter, which is indicative of his touch from mid-range. Understands his teams offense and knows how to create spacing for his teammates to go to work. Solid passer who has no problem giving up the ball. Sets good screens and runs the floor hard. Limited inside due to his lack of quickness and post moves. Not very explosive getting up around the rim, although his excellent length helps. Strictly a stop-gap and cannot be relied upon for anything more than an occasional jump-shot and some garbage points.
Defense: Fairly limited by his poor combination of strength and athleticism. Does not have the lateral quickness to stay in front of mobile big man attacking him off the dribble from the mid or high post. Somewhat of a liability trying to defend to pick and roll. Has all kinds of veteran tricks in his arsenal, though, knows how to flop at the first sign of contact to draw an offensive foul. Size, length and excellent timing allows him to establish himself as a solid shot-blocking threat, mostly coming from the weak-side. Also very smart about contesting shots using his excellent wingspan. Not as good of a rebounder as he used to be. Very foul prone, but this isnt much of an issue considering how little he plays.
Cardinal was already profiled as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Follow his profile link to read his scouting report.
Collins was already profiled as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Follow his profile link to read his scouting report.
Doleac is no longer a member of the Timberwolves
Offense: A veteran who wont be much of a factor on the offensive end at this point in his career, and is not as efficient as he needs to be to see more extensive playing time. Gets most of his touches as a spot up shooter, but will also play pick and roll and work without the ball to get opportunities at the rim. Possesses a terrific jump shot with nice range. Doesnt have a very high release point. Can knock down the midrange jumper and has the quick release to shoot over defenders. Not going to do much other than catch and shoot. Wont put the ball on the floor to score. Not a great finisher at the rim. Will get some open looks at the rim by working on the offensive glass, cutting to the rim, and making himself available when his teammates drive to the rim. Lacks the athleticism to finish at a consistent clip. Very good career free throw shooter. Wont turn the ball over or make many plays for his teammates. Plays under control. Wont force anything. Knows his role. Sets great screens, works to get open, and makes hustle plays.
Defense: Plays with good intensity and fundamentals, but isnt athletic enough to be a consistent factor. Proves capable of getting in his mans head with his aggressive play. Fights extremely hard for position in the post, but is too easily beaten off the dribble when his man faces up. Doesnt offer much when defending the pick and roll, but stays in position and doesnt sell out on the hedge. Seldom gives up an easy look and commits fouls to take away easy baskets. Knows his limitations. Aggressively rebounds his area, but lacks the athleticism to be as productive here as he once was. Always gets a hand up on his mans shot in the post. Not the best option as a defender off the bench anymore, but a workhorse who wont ever be accused of not giving a great effort.
Offense: Primarily a jump-shooter, especially after coming back from a knee problem that sidelined him for over half of his sophomore campaign. Relies heavily on the pick and roll as a huge source of offensive production. Shifty player with strong hesitation moves. Capable of punishing players that go underneath the screen, and does a solid job finding the open man passing off the dribble. Doesnt get to the basket at a good enough clip, does a poor job finishing once there and draws fouls at a fairly poor rate. More likely to pull up from mid-range than he is to go all the way to the basket. Ball-handling skills are good with his right hand, but defenders like to force him to his left, where he is noticeably slower and less effective. Not super explosive off the dribble, struggles to turn the corner at times and is not an incredible leaper finishing around the rim. Doesnt take the ball strong enough. Like many young players still adapting to the length and athleticism of NBA big men, needs to do a better job seeking out contact and not getting cute with his finishes. Can play off the ball, but is more effective with it. Teams half-court offense tends to lack some fluidity with him at the helm at times. Not a selfish player and is capable of finding the open man, but has a tendency to over-dribble at times.
Defense: An average defender at best, despite his superior size and strength at the point guard position. Not particularly intense or fundamentally sound. Has a laid back demeanor that serves him well offensively, but makes him look lackadaisical on the other end. Lateral quickness appears to be average when attempting to stay in front of very athletic slashing guards, uses his hands too much and often gets caught flat-footed on the perimeter. Struggles in particular on the pick and roll, showing just awareness and not being physical enough trying to fight through screens. Gets posted up when attempting to defend shooting guards in a small backcourt, and often lets players have his way with him down there. Like everyone on his team, needs to make significant improvements on this end of the floor, but definitely has the tools to do so if he puts his mind to it.
Offense: A versatile offensive player that can score from all over the place. Functions mostly as a spot up guy, but can score on the fast break, on the pick and roll, in the post, or by working off the ball. Has a nice shooting stroke. Doesnt have great fluidity as a catch and shoot player, but is more than capable. Wont make many shots with a hand in his face. Can hit the three, but is still improving his consistency in that area and expanding his range. Great midrange catch and shoot game. Can put the ball on the floor to score. Lacks the lateral quickness to effortlessly get separation for his midrange shot, but he gets by. His physical strength lets him get to the rim more easily. Prefers to go left. Solid ball handler. Not flashy, but always strong with the ball. Not a flashy finisher, but more than gets the job done. Capable of finishing with either hand. Great touch from in close. Will do whatever it takes to shield the ball and get an open look. Can spin off his defender off the dribble, use some up and unders, or go to his floater to get his shot off at the rim. Not going to finish above the rim in traffic, but will always initiate contact. Goes to the line at a good rate and shoots a great percentage. Runs the floor hard in transition, sets solid screens, and can score in the mold of a power forward as well. Decent back to the basket game. Pulls down offensive rebounds and works hard off the ball. Very smart on the offensive end. Wont force things. Solid passer. Wont turn the ball over at a high rate. A relatively efficient scorer that continues to improve his overall offensive versatility.
Defense: A quality defensive player due to his work ethic and strength. Does a solid job defending the ball, but will get beaten off the dribble by quicker players. Wont give up when hes beat, allowing him to force some tough short-range jumpers by staying with his man despite not being in ideal position. Gets a hand up whenever he can. Closes out shooters extremely hard, trying to contest their shots. Will get beaten off the dribble when hes recovering from time to time. Will hedge screens when defending the roll man and fight through them when defending the ball handler. Shows a good commitment level on the defensive end, but isnt a playmaker. Will play a position-based brand of defense and always get a hand up, but isnt athletic enough to be effective in some matchups.
Offense: An incredibly talented young big man, with a phenomenal feel for scoring in the post. Gets almost half of his offense off of post ups with another large portion originating from his effort off the ball. Has outstanding hands, footwork and touch inside. Gets almost three quarters of his touches on the left block. Very good right handed baby hook that he can utilize in the most difficult of angles, which he mixes in with a steady dose of drop-steps, step-throughs, shot-fakes and turn-around jumpers. Surprisingly explosive first step. Tough to stop him from getting where he wants to go. Has some nice counter moves. Shows off a great spin move off the dribble from time to time. Needs to finish more consistently with his left hand. Very good ball handler with his back to the basket. Doesnt turn the ball over a high rate, which is something of a surprising considering the number of touches he gets and his experience level. Very strong with his moves and with the ball. Goes to the line at a good rate due to his willingness to throw his weight around. Can finish with contact, and will get above the rim in traffic. Has come a long way as a free throw shooter. Still developing his jumper. Lacks consistency and fluidity in his release, but its becoming a tool for him. Will benefit from defenses respecting his range. Not much of a catch and shoot guy right now, but can run the pick-and-pop to some extent. Shot-selection looks very poor at times. Tends to get flustered by defenders as a jump shooterrushes his shots. Decision making and ability to read defenses arent where they need to be just yet. Spins into double teams and is a fairly poor passer considering the amount of touches he gets. Tremendous hands allow him to come down with a lot of offensive rebounds. Continues to get better in almost every facet of the game. May need some time to adjust when opponents begin to respect his team more and focus more heavily on trying to stop him. Already a feature offensive player and a highly productive threat, but has room to grow.
Defense: Has the length and strength to be effective on this end, but lacks the fundamentals and effort level to capitalize. Used to be extremely foul prone, but has learned to sacrifice points on the defensive end for the sole purpose of staying on the floor longer. Does a poor job defending the post, allowing defenders to back him down too often and outright giving up on plays. Will still fall for some fakes, but not as many as he used to. Fights for position, but not to the point that he could get called for a foul. Shows great timing and anticipation when contesting shots, but isnt quite quick enough to be a major factor coming over from the weakside. Gets quite a few of his blocks on the ball. Very instinctive in that regard. A liability when attempting to defend power forwards, which forces his team to play him as an undersized center. Needs to lose weight and improve his conditioning level to help in this regard. Struggles to hedge screens on the perimeter--doesnt recover to his man very quickly. Is limited by the same characteristic when closing out shooters. Takes up too much space down low not to be a solid rebounder. Tremendous wingspan, hands and reflexes make him extremely productive on the glass. Has some tools defensively, but is still working to put them together on a more consistent basis.
Offense: A veritable garbage man on the offensive end. Gets almost all of his touches by virtue of his work ethic. Anything he gets on the offensive end is great because hes not expected to provide much production if any. Takes essentially no jump shots. Looks incredibly uncomfortable when he does. Lacks the fluidity to be a catch and shoot threat. Does all of his damage at the rim. Moves relentlessly without the ball. Sets more screens per minute than probably any player in the NBA. Constantly trying to help his teammates get open. Always cutting and being active. Will get some easy looks when he ducks in. Crashes the offensive glass with reckless abandon. Will get called for loose ball fouls and over the backs, but he provides energy. Loves to fight for position and initiate contact. Goes to the line at a good rate, but shoots an awful percentage. Wont put the ball on the floor to score. Gets essentially no touches in the flow of the offense. Takes very few shots in general. Tries to do all the little things. Not much of an asset on any team that isnt littered with scorers.
Defense: A defensive stalwart who leaves it all on the court. Commits a lot of fouls, but that is the result of the intensity and aggressiveness with which he plays. Fights for position as hard as any player in the game. Always trying to deny the ball. Does a decent job defending the post, and uses leverage extremely well to force his man off balance after making a move. Will get a hand up and swipe at the ball, but isnt going to block many shots. Runs hard to get back on defense and shows some lateral quickness. Will hedge screens and work hard to close out shooters. Will get beaten off the dribble due to his lack of recovery speed. Gets minutes for his tireless work ethic and his ability to wear out opposing offensive players while the starters get a rest. Wont force many turnovers or grab many rebounds due to his physical limitations. Not the most athletic defender by any means, but gets a lot out of what he has.
Offense: Tremendously talented player who still needs to learn the nuances of playing efficient team basketball. A true gunner who fancies himself as somewhat of a go-to guy offensively. Amongst the league leaders in both field goal attempts and turnovers per minute. Gets about a third of his touches on the pick and roll with another fifth coming from each of spot ups and isolations. Doing a lot more ball handling now than he used to. Possesses a great jump shot. Not bothered by a hand in his face. Quite a catch and shoot option. Knocks down the three at a superb rate. Shows great perimeter footwork. Terrific shooter off the dribble when hes making good decisions. Shoots the same shot every time. Will get a little aggressive with his shot selection. Settles for bad shots early in possessions and has a tendency to freeze out his teammates at times. Has the ability to make tough, off-balance shots, but relies too heavily on this part of his game. Scores effectively from all over the place, but isnt a good finisher at the rim. Lack of size and toughness at the rim makes it difficult for him to finish in traffic. Tends to avoid contact at times and gets to the free throw line at a poor rate considering his usage. Has the length and athleticism to finish some impressive dunks over defenders, but is much more content pulling up off the dribble from mid-range. Shifty ball handler. Can break his man down one-on-one, but lacks the slashing mentality to be a great isolation threat. Is far too turnover prone considering how little he gets to the rim. Becoming an effective option in pick and roll situations. Sees the floor well and has a nice all-around feel for the game, but is too lackadaisical at times in his approach. Can create some matchup problems with his ability to post up smaller guards. Doesnt get the chance to operate against shorter players all that often limiting his effectiveness. Gets too aggressive at times. Needs to improve his discipline in the flow of the offense to reach his potential.
Defense: Has the length, strength and athleticism to be extremely effective on the wing. Appears to put good effort into this end of the floor at times and possesses good smarts and fundamentals, making him fairly capable when he wants to be. Takes possessions off on the defensive end, like everyone on Minnesota, but is an asset when he comes to play. Closes out under control and does a good job contesting shots and denying penetration. Makes up for his lack of prototypical size with his excellent wingspan. Uses his body extremely well, and will force his man to change directions when he seems to be beat. Will show extremely active hands in bursts. Doesnt come over to help out from the weakside. Caters his defense to his matchup, showing great intensity when hes guarding an elite player, but relaxing when hes posed with a player that wont score much. Does a good job recognizing his matchup, playing off players who arent shooters and crowding those that are. Not going to force many turnovers. Wont rebound the ball at a very good rate at all. A cerebral defender that maintains good position, and knows what it takes to get the job done. Needs to avoid taking nights off and letting lesser players score on him when hes not focused. Would help him to have a shot-blocking presence behind him to help out when he gets beat.
Miller was already profiled as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Follow his profile link to read his scouting report.
Snyder is currently a free agent
Offense: A versatile role player who can score fairly effectively when needed. Gets a quarter of his shots in spot up situations, but find opportunities in numerous other avenues. Doesnt take a lot of jumpers. Shows a decent stroke, but shoots the ball from a little behind his head. Shot looks different every time coming off his hands. Below average catch and shoot player, which is one of the main things holding him back. Doesnt do a whole lot from the midrange. If he puts the ball in the floor, hes going to the rim. Great finisher due to his athleticism and strength. Draws fouls at a very nice rate, but could stand to improve his percentages from the stripe. Rather effective in the post. Displays a consistent turnaround jumper. Solid offensive rebounder. Decent ball handler.
Defense: Has great size at around 6-7, although an average wingspan at 6-9. Exerts enough effort on the defensive end to be a solid option off the bench. Doesnt have the foot speed to keep up with the quicker shooting guards at times, but is big and strong enough to defend small forwards without too much of a problem. Does a good job of getting in a low stance and denying dribble penetration. Will contest most shots his man takes. Wont take a lot of risks. Something of a workhorse on the defensive end due to his toughness. Great one-on-one defender due to his strength. Wont provide a lot of help side defense. Could stand to try and become a defensive specialist. Already contributes as a rebounder and occasional shot-blocker. Needs to maintain his focus and learn to channel his emotions better on the court.
Offense: A very inefficient scorer that provides almost all of his value at this point as a distributor. Gets more than half of his offense running the pick and roll, but also gets some opportunities to spot up, push the break, and go one-on-one. Has a mediocre shooting stroke, lacking ideal form. Doesnt get great elevation, making it extremely hard for him to shoot over defenders. Capable of hitting open jump shots, primarily from mid-range, but is extremely inconsistent. Isnt yet capable of forcing defenses to respect his jump-shot, which hurts the flow of his teams half-court offense badly. Not a very good shooter off the dribble either. Struggles to finish at the rim at a respectable clip. Lack of size hurts him. Has a nice floater, but will drive too far into the paint making it hard for him to use it. Does have the quickness to get some easy looks at the rim when he is able to blow by his man. Able to turn the corner with some regularity. Great ball handling ability with his right hand makes him tough to stay in front off. Defenses like to force him to use his left hand to finish and create, which is very underdeveloped compared to his right. Very good passer on the pick and roll. Nice drive and dish player. Wont hesitate to make the fancy pass. Still improving his decision making. Not overly turnover prone, but will lose the ball when he gets too far into the paint. Needs to improve his shooting and scoring ability to prove that he can play starting caliber minutes on a winning team. Offers a lot as a distributor, but minimal value as a shooter and finisher.
Defense: Effort and physical tools limit his ability to be a factor on the defensive end. Lacks fundamentals, as well as strength, size and length, making him somewhat of a liability. Struggles to contain his matchup, as bigger players just push him around and shoot over the top of him with ease, and isnt pesky enough to offer resistance. Has decent lateral quickness, but simply doesnt use it often. Doesnt get in a good stance, allowing himself to get beat off the dribble by much less athletic players. Shows a willingness to come over a help out when playing off the ball, but is too small to be a factor contesting shots when he has to recover. Lack of physical strength makes it very hard for him to run through screens. Not much of a rebounder either at his position. Will stay in front of his man in one-on-one situations when hes playing hard, but will see a lot of shots made over his outstretched hands. Offers some value as a full court defender and shows active hands. Needs to realize that he must give 100% on the defensive end in every moment to make up for his lack of size. Hasnt faced the type of competition needed at his position to do so.