Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 NBA Draft prospects to consider at No. 33

Jordan Nwora of the Louisville Cardinals. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Jordan Nwora of the Louisville Cardinals. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Timberwolves, Jordan Nwora
Jordan Nwora of the Louisville Cardinals. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images) /

NBA Draft prospects for Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 33: Jordan Nwora

Louisville’s Jordan Nwora is another player with a wide range of possibilities on draft night, although most mock drafts have him still comfortably on the board at No. 33.

Nwora shot 39.4 percent from deep over three seasons at the University of Louisville, including 40.2 percent on 6.1 3-point attempts per game in his final year. Put simply, he’s a great shooter, and he’ll have a role on an NBA team because of his long-range prowess.

Nwora stands 6-foot-7 with a wingspan north of 6-foot-10, and that size will allow him to get his shot off from anywhere on the floor.

The other area that Nwora excels in is rebounding. The Wolves need wings who can rebound, as Josh Okogie and Layman are the only ones on the roster who appear as though they are likely to be average or better in that category.

Nwora has a nose for the ball and plays hard, despite somewhat limited athleticism. Combined with his size, he should be able to contend with the majority of 3s league-wide on the glass.

The minuses start with Nwora’s athleticism, which limits his upside on both ends of the floor but hurts him the most defensively. He’s still a decent defender but doesn’t have the lateral quickness that would allow him to be a top-flight one-on-one defender.

Offensively, Nwora doesn’t do much outside of drain 3-pointers. Decision-making was a major issue for Nwora at Louisville; he isn’t a playmaker and occasionally would force the issue. His shot selection was shaky, too, but he was a good enough shooter that it wasn’t glaring enough to tank his percentages.

There are concerns that Nwora is a bit too one-dimensional on both ends of the floor — shooting on offense and rebounding on defense — as he doesn’t contribute assists, steals, or blocks at the level that NBA teams would want out of their wings in 2021.

But Nwora’s size and shooting ability will be enough to be drafted on Wednesday, and likely in the early to mid-second-round.

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What will the Wolves do with the No. 33 pick? It’s anyone’s guess, but it’s a good spot to be sitting in a draft with solid depth.