Minnesota Timberwolves: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

“With the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select…”

That’s what everyone is trying to figure out, as the T’Wolves seem as if they’re starting to view their lottery pick as a burden rather than a blessing. Whether Minnesota will trade the pick or use it to select one of the projected top three picks is still an unknown but the Timberwolves will still come out on top, as they’ll undoubtedly get better no matter what they do.

Minnesota is embarking on a new era, trading away former first overall pick Andrew Wiggins for D’Angelo Russell. With D-Lo and Karl-Anthony Towns the current franchise cornerstones, the Wolves have a great chance of adding to their core and finding the player that bits best between the pieces they already have with three picks in the upcoming draft.

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2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 1 overallNo. 17 overallNo. 33 overall

Timberwolves Draft Needs

For Minnesota to maximize their opportunities this offseason, the 2020 NBA Draft will be crucial.

Russell and KAT are a strong and dynamic offensive pairing but Minnesota is lacking defensively with those two are their best players. Their defensive deficiencies are further enhanced by the absence of Robert Covington (who was sent to the Houston Rockets in a four-team trade that ultimately allowed Minnesota to land Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez).

After trying to locate their third star with the first overall pick, the Timberwolves need to focus on establishing a stronger defensive presence as they rank 28th in opponent’s points per game. The Timberwolves are destined to be a team with big names and no real success unless they can stop somebody.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No. 1 overallNo. 17 overallNo. 33 overall
SG Anthony Edwards, GeorgiaF-C Precious Achiuwa, MemphisC Aleksej Pokusevski, Olympiacos
PG LaMelo Ball, IllawarraPG Theo Maledon, ASVELG Leandro Bolmaro, FC Barcelona
SF Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel AvivSG Tyrese Maxey, KentuckySG Desmond Bane, Texas Christian
G-F Isaac Okoro, AuburnSG Josh Green, ArizonaPG Malachi Flynn, San Diego St.
F Patrick Williams, Florida St.F Jaden McDaniels, WashingtonPG Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky

What The Mocks Are Saying

The RingerAnthony Edwards (No. 1), Precious Achiuwa (No. 17)
The AthleticLaMelo Ball (No. 1), Jalen Smith (No. 17), Zeke Nnaji (No. 33)
USA TODAY SportsAnthony Edwards (No. 1), Tyrese Maxey (No. 17)
CBS SportsAnthony Edwards (No. 1), Precious Achiuwa (No. 17)
The ScoreLaMelo Ball (No. 1), Precious Achiuwa (No. 17)

Projected Roster

GD’Angelo Russell
SGJarrett Culver
SGJosh Okogie
SGJaylen Nowell
SGJacob Evans
FOmari Spellman
PFJames Johnson
PFJarred Vanderbilt
PFJake Layman
CKarl-Anthony Towns
CNaz Reid

Team-by-Team NBA Draft Guides

New YorkDetroitMiami
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

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