Minnesota Timberwolves: Nail Draft, Time To Get Excited


The Minnesota Timberwolves had the first pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday night and nailed it. Karl-Anthony Towns was the needed pick and that’s exactly the name Flip Saunders sent to Commissioner Adam Silver. The Wolves didn’t stop there.

Late in the first round the Wolves made a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, sounds familiar, after Cleveland made their pick at 24. Cleveland took Duke point guard, Apple Valley native Tyus Jones, but the Wolves wanted the Minnesotan bad.

Minnesota sent two second round picks, 31 and 37 overall, to Cleveland to get the man they want as their second selection in the draft.

Not to overstate what the Wolves did in the first round, but, man, the Wolves did everything right. The Wolves didn’t go way off the board and pick the next Ndudi Ebi or take two straight point guards back to back. Minnesota took players that actually make sense which shouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s notable for a Timberwolves draft.

The one question mark this brings is what does this mean for Ricky Rubio? The possibility of the Spaniard being traded has been turned up tremendously, but it’s always better to have more valuable talent than have worthless players on the roster.

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Just think about the lineup the Wolves now could throw out on a basketball court: Tyus Jones, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng. That’s young and full of talent without even mentioning the likes of Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne.

This is the most energetic and explosive team the Wolves have ever compiled. They are young, but they could be so damn good which means one beautiful thing… they could be so damn good for a long, long time.

It’s time to be excited again about the Timberwolves.

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