As many Wolves fans and members of the media
feared expected, your Minnesota Timberwolves selected guard Zach LaVine out of UCLA.
The positives: he’s hyper-athletic and made 37% of three-point shots last season. He’ll be a nightmare in transition for opponents, and has all of the tools to turn into an elite wing defender.
Other than that, it’s a tough pick to swallow. He’s a project, and for a team that allegedly is trying to remain competitive and not rebuild in the wake of a potential Kevin Love trade it’s a bit baffling. Hopefully his spot-up shooting will translate (it should), and he’s able to learn the ropes at the highest level of professional basketball.
Here is LaVine’s scouting video from DraftExpress:
We’ll have more feedback as the night wears on, but there is a half-round worth of picks before the first round is completed. It’s sounding less and less likely that there will be any movement on the Kevin Love front, but you never know.