The Minnesota Timberwolves have a duo of stars that are pillars to build on in Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, but they should still draft the best player available.
Both of the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ stars have shown the ability to play alongside another player with a similar ideal position, whether that’s point guard in D’Angelo Russell‘s case or a big man in Karl-Anthony Towns‘ case.
There’s no reason for the Wolves’ front office to restrict themselves in the upcoming draft, and the team should feel fee to draft the best player available, regardless of position.
After all, there is precedent across the league for two-guard or two-big lineups working. In Miami, Bam Adebayo and Meyers Leonard started next to each other. The duo could be a good pair to mimic but with Towns being a much better version of Leonard with more offensive versatility. Similarly, there are a few prospects that potentially could guard the power forward on defense and play the center role on offense like Bam has done for the Heat.
In Oklahoma City, the team went to such drastic lengths of running a three-point guard lineup of Chris Paul, Dennis Schröder, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. This works, due to all three guards offering something different and being able to create on offense for one another.
All that to say, the Timberwolves aren’t exactly in a position to limit their draft board. Despite having their two main building blocks in place, Minnesota is absolutely still in talent-acquisition mode, and the draft is a key way to continue to compile valuable assets.
To take a deeper look, let’s look at point guard first.