From: Las Vegas
I like Harden a lot (more than most) and I agree that he would be a no brainer at #5. He will be a better player than the lamented O.J. Mayo, IMO. I think the Wolves need serious back court help as they don't have a starting caliber guard at the 1 or the 2 (no I don't consider Foye starting caliber). Guard play is the most important factor in making a playoff run, IMO.
I will disagree on Rubio. All the scouting reports say that there is a ton of substance behind the flash. Great court vision, great passer, great at breaking down defense 1 on 1 and a very good defender. He may not have the immediate impact of Harden, but will surpass him in the second and 3rd years. This is the player I want more than any other.
Complete agree on Rubio. He's going to be a stud in this league and he is going to make everyone he plays with better.
Harden too - provided he "measures well".
And on guard play. I think, by far, our biggest weakness is perimeter defense. We have nobody on the team (except maybe Brewer) that is even an average defender at the 1, 2 or 3. And I think that makes our bigs look worse because they not only have to guard their man, but they have to deal with a constant stream of littles that blow past their defender. Love is a solid position defender, and Jefferson has shown that he can be (and if we take a little of the offense off his back, I think he can be a decent defender). I'd still like a long athletic shotblocker, but I want that as the 3rd guy in our rotation - and the one who gets the fewest minutes of the 3 guys.