November 4, 2006

Craig Smith Could Surprise

As all NBA fans know, the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Randy Foye with their first pick in last years draft. However, it could be the Timberwolves second round pick Craig Smith that surprises everybody.

At 6'7 and just over 270 pounds, Smith is small for his power forward position but that doesn't mean that he can't compete. Throughout the pre-season, Smith showed time and time again that he could go against bigger guys for rebounds and points.

When the Timberwolves drafted him, many people probably thought that he would be on the Timberwolves D-League team at best. However, with hard work in the pre-season, Smith was able to make the 15-man roster and was even able to make the active list for the first game of the season.

In his first NBA game, Smith got only 10 minutes of playing time, but in those ten minutes he scored three points and and brought energy to the team late in the game. It was his second game that Smith was able to impress the team and fans. In his second game, Smith got to play 16 minutes and used those minutes to help the Timberwolves pound one out against Denver. In his time, Smith scored 20 points, collected 5 rebounds and was 10-15 from the field.

If his first two games are a sign of things to come, it could be Smith and not Foye that surprises fans throughout the league. And with the Timberwolves already having a limited number of players at center and power forward, expect his minutes to only increase as he becomes more experienced.