And now for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ final pick of this draft. They originally used this pick on North Carolina Tar Heels 3-point archer Wayne Ellington to shore up their putrid long-range shooting (they ranked 24th in 3-point percentage).
But with the likes of Corey Brewer and Ryan Gomes already on the roster, Ellington wasn’t going to get much playing time. Besides, Minnesota’s 3-point shooting only slightly improved when Ellington was there, so he clearly wasn’t enough to fix their issues.
The Timberwolves could have used someone who could create his own shot from time to time and at this point in the draft, Toney Douglas fits that profile better than anyone left in this pool.
Originally taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 29th overall pick, which was traded to the Knicks, Douglas was described as a player with a respectable variety of pull-ups and stepbacks to carve out enough space for him to operate.
Douglas’ NBA career lasted eight seasons, where he averaged 7.6 points per game with a .404/.354/.824 shooting line. Those numbers won’t exactly book you a trip to Springfield, but then again, nobody’s looking for future Hall of Famers at this point in the draft (except the San Antonio Spurs), just guys who can fill out the roster.