If you were the Minnesota Timberwolves general manager, who would you take with a lottery pick in the NBA draft? Let’s break all of this down:
Nobody knows what our pick is yet due to the NBA Draft Lottery being pushed back. Nevertheless, the Timberwolves have a 14 percent chance at the number one pick along with the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Overall, the Wolves have a 14 percent chance at the first pick, 13.4 percent chance at the second pick, 12.7 percent chance at the third pick, 12 percent chance at the fourth pick, 14.8 percent chance at the fifth pick, 26 percent chance at the sixth pick, and a 7 percent chance at the seventh pick. Yes, that is a lot to take in, but Minnesota has a 51.7 percent chance of staying in the top four. This is based on the NBA standings right now.
As a matter of fact, most mock drafts have the Timberwolves landing at the number three spot in the 2020 NBA draft. If that happens, the Timberwolves should take USC power forward Onyeka Okongwu. He averaged 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game along with a phenomenal 61.6 field goal percentage as a freshman at USC.
Onyeka also averaged 2.7 blocks and 1.2 steals per game which is absolutely amazing on the defensive end. On top of that, the forward’s 8.1 defensive box plus/minus and 13.9 overall box plus/minus put him in elite company. There hasn’t been a freshman to reach all these marks since the 1993-1994 season. He’s exactly what the Timberwolves need, a solid athlete that can help center Karl-Anthony Towns defensively and do work in the post. He’s a perfect fit at the four position.
Lottery Protected Pick (via Nets)
We can’t forget the Timberwolves have another first-round pick in the 2020 draft. Predictions say that we’ll get the 16th pick, which if we do, the Wolves should definitely take Florida State shooting guard Devin Vassell. He’s a 6’7” 194-pound two-way wing who shot the ball at 41.7 percent from deep in his college career. He averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, one block, and 1.4 steals per game in his final season at Florida State. He’s a 3&D player the Wolves could desperately use.
Trade Deadline/Team Upgrades:
The trade deadline saw Minnesota add enough pieces to put them in position for a bright future. They added Malik Beasley, D’Angelo Russell, James Johnson, and more. In essence, trading the entire team made our team better by getting rid of the terrible contracts of Gorgui Dieng, Allen Crabbe, Andrew Wiggins, and Jeff Teague.
The talent we traded for gives us a better shot at the playoffs next season. New additions Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez have shown drastic improvement in the short time they have played for Minnesota since getting traded. Now, all the Wolves need is a defensive player and another consistent shooter to add onto the roster.