With the NBA draft less than two weeks away, Minnesota Timberwolves’ general manager Flip Saunders doesn’t have his mind set on a player to draft.
He is deciding between Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell.
Personally, I am a fan-favorite of Towns. He is versatile, athletic, and skilled, and I believe he will become a legitimate all-star in the future. Pairing Towns with Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins would give the Timberwolves three players with above-average athleticism at three key positions.
Okafor is a legitimate low-post scorer and might average 20 points per game in a year or two. However, he is not the defensive player that Towns is.
Russell is all talent and I think he will be the next James Harden.
I already wrote about how I want Towns on the Timberwolves. Minnesota lacks post defense, and Towns would be a start to solving that issue.
There have been reports that Towns has not wanted to workout for Minnesota. While that may be true, I don’t think he will be mad if he is drafted by Minnesota once he gets his first check. He should realize that the top five teams in this draft suck and need help.
Saunders has a weird love for Okafor, but NBCSports: Pro Basketball Talk has reported that Saunders loved what he saw from Towns at an open-workout last week in Los Angeles.
However, smoke-screening is still something that is done in today’s drafts, and it could be something that Saunders is trying to do.
I agree, either one (Okafor or Towns) will be a good get for Minnesota, but I think Towns will be better than Okafor, and that is why Minnesota should take him.
With 13 days until the draft, there is sure to be more and more talk. I’ll make sure to update my draft board one last time before the draft.
Check back next week for more information.
Have a great day!