Timberwolves Video of the Week: Isaiah Rider wins Slam Dunk Championship

Isaiah “don’t call me JR” Rider was awesome!  There, I said it.  In 1994 Isaiah Rider became the second Timberpup to ever represent the franchise during All Star Weekend, with Doug West being the first when he participated in the 1992 dunk competition.  As many of you probably know, Rider won the competition in his rookie season with his “East Bay Funk Dunk”.  The reaction from the players and the crowd was priceless.  Not to mention Rider’s own pose after he flushed it down.  “Epic” may not be too strong of a word here if you are/were a Wolves fan.

I’m not trying to make a player comparison by ANY stretch of the imagination, but you could argue that Rider’s rookie year was actually the year the Twolves finally started to turn the corner in the league.  Rider and next year’s draft pick, Donyell Marshall, were supposed to bring this team to the playoffs.  That clearly never happened, but thankfully, KG wasn’t too far behind.

I digress.  This is/was one of my favorite moments in team history.  Unfortunately, in the following year’s dunk competition, Rider lost his crown to Harold Miner, i.e. Baby Jordan.  That never panned out either, huh?  It’s always fun to watch these positive moments in franchise history.

Let’s go Wolves!

Timberwolves Video of the Week: Derrick Williams Drops 27 on LAC

Remember this? For Timberpups.com’s first “Timberwolves Video of the Week” I selected Derrick Williams February 28, 2012 performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. In the game, the Los Angeles native scored a career-high 27 points while missing only 1, yes, 1, shot. His stat line went as follows: 9-10 from the field, 4-4 from three-point range, 5-5 from the charity stripe, 5 rebounds while turning the ball over just once despite playing only 27 minutes. I like to look back to games like this one because many people, including myself, can forget just how amazing of a basketball player Williams could become. And on another note, D-Will also deserves praise for the way he has handled the constant trade rumors that have been surrounding him for his entire career. He also has put a ton of hard work into his body and his game this summer, and it appears obvious that he is much more suited to the rigors of the NBA from the site of his noticeably more chiseled body. It is clear that D-Will has the drive to become a great player, but it is his undefined skill set where uncertainty crowds his development as a player, and it could ultimately hinder him down the road. Will the former number 2 overall draft pick become the next Josh Smith type tweener forward, or will he wind up in Michael Beasley’s shoes? Only time will tell.