2015 NBA Mock Draft: Minnesota Timberwolves Select Karl-Anthony Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves Draft Karl-Anthony Towns
May 20, 2015
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For the first time in franchise history, the Minnesota Timberwolves get the first overall pick in the NBA draft. This is also the first time since 2004 when the team with the worst record gets the top pick.
The Timberwolves are better off not overthinking this one and selecting Karl-Anthony Towns out of Kentucky.
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Towns is an NBA-ready player right now with his terrific size at 6’11”, 250 pounds and is only going to improve after just one year of college. Towns has the potential to be an elite shot blocker and rebounder in the NBA, and his offensive game packs tons of upside considering his shooting motion is fluid and he has a soft touch around the rim.
Speaking of offense, Towns is a big guy who knocked down an impressive 81.3 percent of his free throws. That’s one of the main reasons I’m taking Towns over Jahlil Okafor out of Duke, who shot just 51 percent from the line and has a very inconsistent shooting motion. I can’t stand bigs who don’t make free throws, as they’re the guys who are getting fouled the most. Towns puts more pressure on the defense knowing he can knockdown shots from the stripe at a high, high percentage.
Okafor also isn’t the post defender that Towns is at this stage of their careers. Right now, Towns is the more complete and ready-to-contribute player.
The Timberwolves are building a scary young core that includes Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Zach LaVine. The main area of weakness for Minnesota is at power forward considering Anthony Bennett has yet to pan out as a former No. 1 pick and Kevin Garnett could very well retire this offseason. However, I think there’s a chance Garnett would stick around for another year if they drafted Towns, as he’d be a perfect mentor for the big fella.
Towns is as close to a can’t miss prospect as you’re going to find in the NBA draft, and he’ll contribute at both ends of the floor at a high level. With the core that the Timberwolves have already, within a couple of years, Towns would give them a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2003 season.
The Timberwolves have a real chance to turn their franchise around. Selecting Towns in a month would put Minnesota on the fast track to becoming a playoff team.