The NBA draft is approaching on June 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 19 overall pick. After a march to the playoffs this past season the Wolves will be looking to take the next step forward and it starts with the draft.
Who might they be interested in with the No. 19 pick?
In this edition, we take a look at Kentucky guard TyTy Washington.
Washington was a consensus five-star recruit coming out of Phoenix. After initially committing to Creighton in 2020, Washington ended up flipping his school of preference and went to Kentucky.
A one-and-done prospect, Washington averaged 12.5 points per game to go with 3.9 assists in his one year with the Wildcats. While he is a true point guard, Washington played off the ball plenty with Kentucky while Sahvir Wheeler played the role of maestro a majority of the time. Washington can facilitate at a high level and is great at setting up his teammates and putting them in advantageous spots on the floor.
NBA COMBINE RESULTS
Did not participate in the drills portion of the combine.
Weight: 196 pounds
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“Looks like a point guard who studies moves from great point guards who weren’t reliant on athleticism, such as Chris Paul, with his stutters and head fakes as he runs the pick-and-roll. He can tap or slam on the brakes, always shifting tempo to keep the defense guessing. He sees the whole floor and can make every pass, whether it’s a lob, a dish to a cutter, or a kickout. Lethal midrange scorer who makes 52.5 percent of his floaters and 43 percent of his dribble-jumper 2s. He has every move he needs to become a potent 3-point shooter with side steps and stepbacks, though he’s made just 30.4 percent of dribble-jumper 3s at Kentucky.” - Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer
“TyTy Washington is one of the top guards in this draft class. He may not be flashy, and he may not have elite size or athleticism, but he is very efficient and makes winning basketball plays … His ability to create offense for both himself and his teammates while limiting turnovers bodes well for his long-term future … He has a deadly one and two dribble pull up game, which will also allow for him to add the step back jumper into his arsenal … He’s the type of player that could assimilate to virtually any roster because of his wide range of skills and his competitiveness on both ends of the court as well as his ability to play either guard spot.” - NBAdraft.net
HOW HE FITS
Washington is a dream for any coach in that he’s a player with such a good feel for the game who is always working to enhance those around him. The Timberwolves have two pillars in Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns and a nice secondary young piece in D’Angelo Russell. All three are fairly ball dominant though and Washington could step in initially as a reserve guard off the bench who helps the second unit get a spark while also setting up the Wolves’ big three when he shares the floor with them. Make no mistake about it, Washington can get his own buckets but when he really shines is when he’s creating and distributing and then putting a focus on getting his own shots. His brand of unselfish basketball blended with his craftiness could play very well in head coach Chris Finch’s system.