The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 11 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, where they hope they can add an immediate impact player.
In the 2017 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves thought their rebuilding days were over when they traded young players like Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn for Chicago Bulls All-star Jimmy Butler. Two years later, questions about the teams’ future are again common.
Butler forcing his way out of Minnesota early in the 2018 season and the firing of head coach Tom Thibodeau were the headlines of a drama-filled year that saw the T-Wolves finish 36-46. They finished 11th in the Western Conference and now hold the no. 11 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, with many glaring holes on the roster.
At the top, the team has two 23-year-old stars in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Towns has proven to be one of the best big men in the game. He averaged 24.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game while shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point range.
His partner-in-crime, Andrew Wiggins, has been less successful in improving his game and efficiency over the course of his first five years in Minnesota. These two have taken a majority of the blame for Butler wanting out, and much of that has been warranted.
Despite this, they are both starting-caliber talent in the NBA and have been stable presences at the small forward and center position for Minnesota. The duo is young and they could see improvements (at least on offense) with Butler gone, especially Wiggins.
With those two retaining their positions for the next few years, Minnesota’s biggest needs include the point guard and power forward positions. The T-Wolves could also use a 3-and-D player — as could every other team in the NBA — to help with both their struggles shooting from the perimeter and on the defensive side of the ball.
Here are five options at the no. 11 spot that could help the team speed up the rebuilding process, this time the right way.