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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Who Would be Available at the 7th Pick?

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          The Minnesota Timberwolves unsurprisingly have moved up again in the NBA Draft Lottery. Originally positioned to pick 6th in the Draft we are now picking at 7th in this upcoming Draft in June. The Timberwolves have never improved position in the NBA Draft, dropping 11 times out of the 21 Draft Lotteries that the Timberwolves have participated. The good thing about moving up is we will have a cheaper rookie contract on whoever will we pick up with it.

          But at 7th we still have a lot of talented Basketball Players to choose from. Setting aside the obvious top picks namely Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, and De'Aaron Fox ( Assuming that Draft Workouts from NBA teams won't affect the Draft) they are pretty much set to be chosen ahead before its our turn. So who will be available for us when out time is ticking? (Ranked at best fit for the team).

1. Jonathan Isaac (SF/PF)
          Standing at 6'10" and a 7'1" Wingspan, Jonathan Isaac might be one of the best defensive prospect out there if not the best. With a 9 ft standing reach his body is good defensively but he needs to bulk up a lot of weight before the NBA season starts. The Timberwolves seriously need to improve their interior defense as Karl-Anthony Towns is not enough to protect the rim, and he might be the fix the team is looking for. Although know for his defensive ability he is also good in the offensive end, averaging 12 PPG at 59 FG% and 34.8% 3PT% he is efficient with his shot.

2. Lauri Markkanen (PF/C)
          Dubbed as the next Dirk Nowitzki for his range at the height of 7 ft. Markannen shot 54.5% from the inside and and 42.2% from the outside making 1.9 triples out of his 4.4 Attempts. If the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted him, he and Towns would create a lot of space as they both can shoot from the inside and outside. The only problem is he hardly defends the paint as a 7 ft player he only average .5 BPG. Markkanen is a good offensive player but he really needs to improve his off-ball performance to make him a better fit in the Team.

3. Malik Monk (SG)
          If the Timberwolves are looking for a perimeter shooter than look no more, Malik Monk is the best perimeter shooters out there making 39.7% of his 3s in his freshmen career he once made an 8 out of his 12 3 pointers in a game also finishing 47 points in the game against UNC. The problem is with his size and built he lacks to show a defensive presence in the game. Having a smaller wingspan than his height will give him a hard time defensively. Likely to be gone before our time, if Jonathan Isaac is not available then getting Malik Monk is the 3rd best option.

Wild Card

4.  Ike Anigbogu
          Probably one of the high risk high reward players to enter the Draft. Standing at 6'10" with a Wingspan of 7'6" he averaged 4.7 PPG ,4.0 RPG, and 1.2 BPG in 13 MPG coming of the bench, Ike did not have a good amount court time because of injuries and a deep bench. But within the 13 minutes on the court he showed that he is an efficient and useful player for the Bruins. His averaged in a 40 minute game would bump up to 14.5 PPG, 12.4 RPG (4.4 ORPG),  and 3.7 BPG. He is both good offensively and defensively in the court and always shows effort to grab the offensive rebound.If he is a starter in UCLA he might be able to show that he is a Lottery Pick.


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