With the conclusion of their playoff run, the Minnesota Timberwolves are headed into what should be a very eventful offseason. After a rollercoaster of a season where they dealt with numerous trying circumstances, Minnesota will look to turn their roster into a full-on juggernaut headed into 2024.
Of course, the two the biggest methods for team-building in the NBA are free agency and the draft. Organizations in premier cities and contending teams are bound to land players in free agency, but teams with elite scouting and talent evaluation are always rewarded when draft night comes around.
So when exactly is the NBA Draft? Here is everything you should know.
When is the 2023 NBA Draft?
The 2023 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 22, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be the 10th time in the last 11 seasons the venue has hosted the draft, with the 2020 virtual draft being the lone exception.
As usual, the draft will consist of two rounds and 60 total picks. The first 14 picks will be made by the lottery teams that failed to make the playoffs, with the 16 teams that competed in the postseason rounding out the first round.
While there is usually some speculation about who the first overall pick will be, there is close to zero question that Victor Wembanyama will be selected by whoever lands the top pick. From there, Scoot Henderson of the G-League Ignite is a heavy favorite to go second.
What does the 2023 Draft mean for the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Unfortunately for the Minnesota Timberwolves, they do not own a first-round pick in this year’s draft. They sent their 2023 first-rounder to the Utah Jazz in last summer’s blockbuster trade for Rudy Gobert.
Without a first-round selection to their name, Wolves fans will be looking forward to seeing who the team goes for with the 53rd overall pick. The second-round pick is the only one Minnesota currently owns in 2023, though they can always acquire another one between now and draft night via a trade.
The Timberwolves will likely be looking to add more depth on the wing as well as shooting prowess in this year’s draft. With Tim Connelly’s recent comments, it will be interesting to see if he is still with the organization by draft night.