Reason I: Timberwolves added two players with tremendous upside
One of the areas that is easily overlooked in any NBA Draft is the potential for each prospect. After all, there is a tier of prospects that are so gifted by height, strength, natural athleticism, and basketball skills that they stand out from the rest of the group. But then there is that tier of players who, for all intents and purposes, are so well coached and refined that they are truly a plug-n-play type of rookie.
Next, there is the tier of rookie prospects who can add one ability to an NBA team that is NBA ready, but who have work to do to round out their overall game. These are the players who can surprise, who arrive at the NBA without a lot of fanfare or fuss, and yet have the potential to play more minutes than expected.
Talented enough to play, room enough to grow
How good is Leonard Miller? He is a solid addition.
Both of the players chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves arrive to the NBA with professional basketball-ready skills, but with plenty of room to grow both upwards with how well they can perform at those skills and outwards in terms of improving upon and adding other aspects to their game.
Adding players in Round 2 of the NBA Draft requires a bit of tightrope maneuvering. The Timberwolves were able to find players who can deliver on Day 1, but who also will become even more valuable to the team as they develop and refine their skills.
The Timberwolves may not have found two surefire NBA starters in the 2023 NBA Draft. But this team did a pretty good job of turning one late pick in Round 2 into two players with Round 1 grades.