The NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 25th, and will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. During the draft, 60 young men’s dreams will come true, and they will all be given a shot (some better than others) at making an NBA roster. Here are my picks alongside fellow Knicks lead writer Anthony Farese’s picks.
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1. Minnesota Timberwolves
Skylar’s Pick: Karl-Anthony Towns, Center, Kentucky
The Timberwolves struck gold by winning the lottery, becoming only the fourth team in the lottery era to do so with the best odds. By getting the top pick, they get to select Kentucky Center Karl-Anthony Towns. The most complete player in the draft, and the player with the highest upside, Towns has all the tools to be a terrific NBA player. He has great size and athleticism, which allows him to play and defend both centers and power forwards. He is an intelligent player who can defend ball screens, protect the rim, and rebound the basketball, giving him tremendous upside as an anchor defensive center in the NBA. On offense, he’s also a complete player: he has the ability to score on the low block, and hit from the midrange. His offensive game is more polished than people think, and at the worst case he can give around 10-12 points a game. His most underrated asset, however, is free throw shooting. He shot 81.3% from the charity stripe in college. Towns presents a low risk, high reward option with the top pick. The Wolves need a center to pair with Gorgui Dieng. Towns should be that guy. Imagine the Wolves young core: Towns, Dieng, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, and Ricky Rubio? That’s a hell of a nucleus.
Anthony’s Pick: Karl Anthony Towns, Center, Kentucky
The Timberwolves continue to absolutely strike gold. This will be the third consecutive season they will be acquiring the top prospect, after landing Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett from the Cavaliers in the Love deal. With injury concerns and a possible trade looming for their current anchor in the paint Nikola Pekovic, Towns should be the perfect choice for Minny. They have their backcourt locked up with Spanish guard Ricky Rubio and athletic freak Zach LaVine, as well as future star Andrew Wiggins locking down SF. Add in Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, Adrien Payne and Anthony Bennett off the bench, and the Timberwolves have potential to be an NBA powerhouse in the coming years.