Apr 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) dunks against the Phoenix Suns in the third quarter at the Target Center. Timberwolves won 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: The Trade Charlotte Must Make

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Rumors are now floating that the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping Derrick Williams plus the ninth and 24th picks in the 2013 NBA draft for a chance to draft Victor Oladipo.

I think Anthony Bennett will go down as the best player in the draft, but if he and Oladipo are both available at four, and Minnesota makes this offer, Charlotte has to pull the trigger.

For one, Williams is just 22 years old. He averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per 36 minutes last year as an NBA sophomore. If he went to the ‘Cats, he’d get those minutes.

Also, this mock draft has Alex Len available at pick nine. This one has Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (super-athletic, long Georgia Bulldog) available at nine, and this mock has Cody Zeller and Shabazz Muhammad sticking around till then.

Finally, as much as I love Bennett and as much as some people love Oladipo (been compared to Dwayne Wade…), there’s no guarantee that either will end up better than Williams (who, again, is averaging 17 and eight per 36 minutes… Minutes that he would get in a Bobcats jersey).

If you listened to “The Herd” on ESPN radio this morning, you probably caught the show’s host saying Chicago should trade Luol Deng to the Cavs for the first pick in the draft. Who did Colin Cowherd say the Bulls should then take with that pick? Oladipo.

With that being said, there might even be better deals out there for the ‘Cats if Oladipo is there for the picking at four.

What if the right deal doesn’t come along?

Draft… Anthony Bennett.

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