Minnesota Timberwolves mailbag: What does this summer look like?

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 26: Juan Hernangomez hugs Malik Beasley after they defeated the Miami Heat. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 30: Potential Minnesota Timberwolves prospect LaMelo Ball of the Hawks in action during the round 9 NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Illawarra Hawks at Spark Arena on November 30, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) /

Question: “Who are some intriguing draft prospects that fit the Timberwolves?” -Kai Knudsen

This draft is interesting to say the least. Many people say the 2020 class is underwhelming and lacks true star potential, but I take a different approach to it. This draft class will have some high-quality role players that Minnesota could definitely use in their rotation.

Unfortunately, the draft’s best prospects are mostly point guards and centers, which are the two positions that the Wolves are fully invested in going forward.

However, drafting a point guard could lead to more lineups with D’Angelo Russell playing off the ball and working next to another point guard. We have seen this more recently with Russell and McLaughlin.

A few point guards that I have my eye on are Killian Hayes and LaMelo Ball. Each have their own unique qualities, as well as their downsides. You can find an in-depth report about them and a few other point guards in Jack Borman’s draft prospect article.

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Another interesting prospect that I am big on is Deni Avdija. The European wing is 6-foot-9 and has a unique skillset that could develop into a high-quality player in today’s NBA.

Assuming Rosas doesn’t move the Brooklyn pick, I think the Wolves should look to find a three-and-D wing or a quality rim protector at the end of the lottery. Two three-and-D wing options that may be available in that range are Florida State’s Devin Vassell and Villanova’s Saddiq Bey.

Vassell has shot over 41% from three in both seasons at FSU. He is also a lengthy defender, which should transfer well to the NBA.

Bey is shooting a scorching 45% from three on 5.6 attempts per game during his sophomore campaign at Villanova. Bey sports a strong and lengthy frame, which bodes well for him being a quality defender at the next level.

Either of these wings would be intriguing to add to a Timberwolves team that desperately needs quality defenders.

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However, I do expect Rosas to be aggressive this summer and I believe that at least one of the first round picks will be traded before or on draft night. Time will tell, but this summer is shaping up to be interesting as the Minnesota Timberwolves continue to build towards a bright future.