What he has done
This past season Anthony Tolliver was a hard-working rebounder who was probably the team’s best defender. The 6’9” forward showed his versatility as a defender, guarding small forwards, power forwards, and even some centers at times. Most of Tolliver’s ability to play defense comes from his great work ethic and his general understanding of how to play defense. Desire is a big part of the defensive equation, and Tolliver seems to realize that. Working hard at trying to prevent the guy across from you from scoring is half the battle most of time and Tolliver was successful in this regard the past season.
He also brought some versatility on the offense end of the floor with his long-range shooting. Tolliver posted a 3P% of 40.9% this past year, which would have put him third in 3P% among power forwards (if he had qualified). His ability to make the three and play some defense made him a tolerable backup for Kevin Love last season.
Not much was written above, well because there is not much to say about Tolliver, he is what he is. If the Wolves want to go places in the future it may be wise to find an upgrade to Tolliver. He is nice player to have on roster, a good locker-room guy who is scrappy on the court. On a better team Tolliver probably would not see the floor much if at all. He is a Matt Bonner-esque player, a poor man’s Ryan Anderson if you will, which is not saying much. All in all, I am fine with letting Tolliver hang around, just cut him loose from the rotation and relegate him to the end of the bench.
(This will be an ongoing series throughout the summer, called Who Are You?, which will focus on each player on the Wolves and give a brief breakdown of their worth to the team)