Welcome to the second annual #TwolfRank. It’s one of our favorite times of the year, to say the least. I bring you the fourth part in this roster-long series. As always, you can follow Tom (@Tom_NBA), Jonah (@howlintwolf) and Derek (@DerekJamesNBA) on Twitter as well to partake in the fun.
For what it’s worth, when I submitted my votes for T-Wolf Rank, Ronny Turiaf was much lower on the list.
Turiaf isn’t a bad player despite being a solid doppelganger for Rafi from The League. In fact, he is a good player to have on a roster. He’s enthusiastic, engaged, interested in every game. He tries very hard. He’s good for a few highlight plays in a season, if by highlight plays you mean funny moments when someone does something well or an official makes a bad call and he goes beserk. But he probably isn’t talented enough to crack Minnesota’s regular rotation.
There will be plenty of highlight plays for Turiaf to lose his mind over this season, especially if #2 on this list (BET YOU CAN’T GUESS WHO) stays healthy. More specifically, there will probably be plenty of opportunities for Turiaf to freak out from the bench, because he won’t get a lot of minutes. Minnesota’s depth at center isn’t great, but Johnson and Dieng both project to be better rim protectors than Turiaf. What’s more, playing Dieng will likely prove to be a priority, since Dieng’s development will be an important factor going forward. Turiaf is a passable rebounder (12.9 TRB%), but frankly, Minnesota won’t need to worry about rebounding very much throughout the game thanks to #3 and #1 on this list (BET YOU STILL CAN’T GUESS WHO).
In most places he plays, despite lackluster statistics, Turiaf ends up getting minutes. He averaged 10.8 minutes per game last year despite a PER of 9.4 and a TS% of .485, which is abysmal for a big. For the most part, Turiaf gets on the floor by working his ass off, hustling constantly and being a solid teammate. One shouldn’t discount the importance of those things by any means, but it’s equally possible to overstate the impact.
Players like Turiaf don’t get a team into the playoffs, but every playoff team wants a player like Turiaf on the roster. That’s significant. He was a solid, if subtle, addition to the team.
@jacobjbg: @Tom_NBA his skillset has been replicated by younger players, but he remains a valuable insurance policy, and can still be a spot starter@the_real_gabby: @Tom_NBA i think hes a great fit for a backup center. like mark madsen but with more talent.most importantly, he can teach EVERY other center on the roster a thing or two. if he can jump a car, can pek crush one?
Want to take part? Look for one of us to tweet out who the next player will be and tweet us your thoughts on him using the #TwolfRank hashtag and we’ll throw your tweet in the post.