Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Zach LaVine (UCLA) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number thirteen overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2014: Timberwolves select Zach LaVine


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.

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