Lately in the media, there has been a lot of (bad pun alert) love given to the potential trade of a certain Timberwolves All-Star. Far less attention has been focused on how Minnesota will improve its roster for the upcoming season, specifically in the NBA draft.
With the 13th overall choice in the NBA draft, there will likely not be a franchise-changing talent available when the Wolves are on the clock. There will be, however, the opportunity to add a young piece to a team that could surely fill a few holes in the current lineup.
The Timberwolves have done a poor job judging talent (or at the very least developing it) when it comes to the NBA draft. They are usually picking much higher (this happens when you continually miss the playoffs for a decade), but have failed to connect on many of their selections. Players like Jonny Flynn and Wesley Johnson were scooped up over guys like Stephen Curry and DeMarcus Cousins; past moves that are having a clear effect on the present, and future, of the franchise.
Loyal Timberwolves fans do not need to hear of past draft mishaps. They know all too well the “what-could-have-been” scenarios. What the Minnesota faithful do need to hear is this: there is hope.
Picking at the back of the lottery is not always a bad thing. Good players are still available, with guys like Jrue Holiday, Eric Bledsoe, Kawhi Leonard, and Chandler Parsons being selected after the 13th pick in recent years. Heck, even the Wolves drafted (and instantly traded) Ty Lawson with the 18th pick in 2009.
So who should the Timberwolves take this year?
I examine three prospects who Minnesota could consider at the 13th overall selection.