Minnesota Timberwolves: Ranking the last 10 first-round picks

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Now that the Minnesota Timberwolves have the top pick it is time to look at how they have done with their last 10 first-round picks in the NBA draft.

While Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas has only been on the job for a little over a year, he is about to face the most important offseason of his life. The Timberwolves have the first overall pick in the NBA draft and are looking to take the next step with a roster built around Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell.

While Rosas has only been around for one draft it can still be helpful to go back and look at some of the recent first-round picks the franchise has made to guess the path they are likely to go down with the top choice.

Rossas, in a similar fashion, will have to look back to where things have gone wrong for the team he took over last May. He is a studious, analytics-friendly mind and will do what is needed to learn from the mistakes of the past. Given that the last time that the Timberwolves had the number one overall pick they nailed it they want to continue the trend.

The Timberwolves have had varied success over the past decade when it comes to selecting in the first round of the draft. Twice they have selected All-Star caliber players. There have also been a few complete busts and a few more that fall somewhere in the middle. The draft is something of a crapshoot, even at the top, as will be evident over the course of this list.

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