We get it. There’s a ton or pressure on the Minnesota Timberwolves again picking at the top of the NBA Draft.
But, let’s face it…they’re not a very good drafting team.
Since 2010, the Timberwolves have picked 12 times inside the top twenty of the NBA Draft. How many of those players have made an All-Star team? One.
And don’t get me started on how many games those draft picks have won with Minnesota (hint: not many).
Regardless, Minnesota has some options in 2020 with this year’s draft not featuring that one can’t miss player. Still though, only one player makes sense for a team that has made some moves the last two decades that don’t make any sense.
That player? LaMelo Ball.
Now, this pick isn’t necessarily a “franchise changer” as there are still some question marks about Ball and how he’ll fare in the NBA.
This pick also won’t likely result in a deep playoff run next season.
What it is though is the right pick to made.
Over the years, at least on paper, it seems Minnesota has over-thunk their draft picks.
Need some examples?
How about Kris Dunn over Buddy Hield and Jamal Murray in 2016 or Trey Burke over CJ McCollum in 2013?
Oh, and how about Derrick Williams at No. 2 overall over Enes Kanter, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, and Kawhi Leonard in 2011 and who could forget the Timberwolves selecting two point guards (Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn) over Stephen Curry in 2009.
Of course, I’m reaching a bit here since we didn’t know how good some of those players would end up being, but some times, it’s not rocket science.
LaMelo Ball has the highest ceiling in the draft. Ball is also a recognizable name that can bring some much needed fanfare and media attention to Minnesota that already features two all-stars on the roster.
Oh yeah, did you forget? Many people do.
The Timberwolves still feature one of the best duos in the NBA as both Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell are locked in heading into the 2020-21 NBA season.
With Ball, the Timberwolves add a guard to combo Russell. The two will have potential to be one of the best “push-the-pace” guard combos in the NBA in the coming years.
This also improves your overall line-up. With two talented offensive players at guard, you can freely rotate defensive specialist Jarrett Culver around one through three to guard the best opposing players.
Plus, Ball doesn’t have to average 20 points per game this season for the Timberwolves to be successful. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
I mean, if LaMelo Ball is the team’s leading scorer, this likely means Minnesota either traded both Towns and Russell, both are hurt, or Minnesota will pick in the top five again in 2021.
The focus of Minnesota should always be to build round Karl-Anthony Towns as he’s the best player on the team and still has the potential to be the best center in the NBA. Period.
Everyone else is a piece of the puzzle.
As soon as that is established in Minnesota, the Timberwolves can actually compete in the west instead of competing for a top ten draft pick year in and year out.
It all starts with selecting LaMelo Ball with the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday.
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