The NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, and no, the Minnesota Timberwolves won’t be picking in the top three. However, they will draft at pick number seven.
With this in mind, my take on their draft night moves:
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a young and upcoming team, but haven’t found the success their due despite two number one picks. With both Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn on roster, drafting a point guard is unlikely. A stretch four, is the most optimal outcome for Minnesota here.
Below, some options:
Although his true value is yet to be determined, Isaac is expected to be drafted in the top 10 assuredly. A great floor spacer, he averaged (12) points, (7.8) rebounds, (1.5) blocks, and (1.2) steals per game.
Something Minnesota could certainly use, the former Seminole landed (35%) of his three-pointers. He could easily grow into a top target for point guard Ricky Rubio’s assist clinic. Based off his size, Jonathan appears to be the perfect fit for Minnesota, with a 7″1 wingspan. Putting him alongside lengthy wolves will make for a chaos lineup to opponents.
On the negative side, Isaac may be just another young player to an already pretty inexperienced team. However, I don’t think the Wolves’ were looking at immediate success next season, and he’s likely the best fit for the future.
The Timberwolves are a guard heavy team, featuring Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Brandon Rush, and Tyus Jones. With no designated shooting guard, drafting Monk may not be a terrible move here.
A threat from behind the arc, Malik shot nearly (40%) ! In addition, he averaged (2.7) made threes per game, and connected on eight in one game this season. Aside from threes, he scores in the paint, off the dribble, and doesn’t have a terrible mid-range shot. After averaging (19.8) points in college, Monk will make a great option for Rubio’s passing.
Though his size is a concern, this is the next best prospect for Minnesota. Starting him on the bench alongside sophomore Kris Dunn, will prepare them for the future of their franchise, and help to nudge their 30th league rank in bench scoring. The Timberwolves should welcome a shooting guard, but it’s not necessary to success.
Trading Up? Trading Down? Trading Away.
With so much young talent on this Timberwolves’ team, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them package this pick for a veteran forward. Names such as Carmelo Anthony, Nicolas Batum, and Rudy Gay come to mind.
Obviously it wouldn’t be pick for player swap, and point guard Ricky Rubio would likely be involved if they make that move. Anything’s possible on draft night.
Both Malik Monk and Jonathan Isaac would benefit this young Wolves’ squad. Should neither be available, fans can expect a dark horse prospect in Lauri Markkanen.
Regardless of outcome, it may be time Minnesota’s work these previous seasons, finally produces results.
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