The NBA Finals are over so now I can work on a real NBA mock draft. My draft will be different because I usually go with a player that fits a team’s need. I know trades can happen but I’m not going to worry about that now. I would like to hear your feedback when I make a post. With all that said let’s get into this draft.
1) Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl-Anthony Towns (PF – Kentucky)
I think Towns is the best fit for this Timberwolves team. There are good point guards in the draft but they have Ricky Rubio locked up until the 2018/19 season. Towns can fit in alongside Rubio and Andrew Wiggins. He is a better fit next to Nikola Pekovic because he can step out and knock down a jump shot. Pekovic is signed until the 2017/18 season.
On paper Towns didn’t put up monster numbers because Kentucky used a platoon system. There were eight players on the Wildcats that averaged 20+ minutes. Towns sacrificed minutes and stats in this system. John Calipari asked him to play with his back to the basket instead of facing up and shooting jumpers. Towns didn’t complain, he stepped up and averaged 10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 2.3 blkpg on 56% shooting. During the regular season he didn’t score over 20 points in any game but in five games in the NCAA tournament he scored 20 points twice because the team went to him more.
The NBA is changing and skilled big men are in high demand. He can play both power forward and center. He can step out to the three point line. He won’t clog up the lane for Pekovic and he could play pick and pop with Rubio.
If you haven’t seen his workout video on www.draftexpress.com you should check it out. It’s only a workout but he looks like he can beat his man off the dribble and get his own shot. He looks like he is in better shape than when he played at Kentucky.
Minnesota struggled on both ends without Rubio. They only averaged 97 ppg while giving up a league worst 106.5 ppg. Towns can play defense and score the ball so they should improve in both categories. They were last in made three pointers with only five per game. It will be interesting to see if Towns does step out to that three point line.
The trio of Rubio-Wiggins-Towns will be fun to watch for years. They can play defense and get out and finish in the open court. He already has the skill set, he just needs the motor. He can play inside and out, he has good hands and he doesn’t have a big ego.