WolvesMockDraftRoundup

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We’re very close to finding out the newest members of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves own the No. 19 pick in this year’s NBA draft – the lowest they’ve had since 2018 – plus three second-round picks (Nos. 40, 48 and 50).

We don’t know much about the strategy of new president of basketball operations Tim Connelly but we’re about to find out.

There’s plenty of guesses on which direction Minnesota might go in the draft and we’ve rounded them up for you with the picks of 30 mock drafts.

Here’s a final look from around the web at who the mocks have the Wolves taking June 23:

Jeremy Woo of SI.com: Round 1 -- Wendell Moore, G/F, Duke. “With Patrick Beverley approaching his mid-30s and entering a contract year, Minnesota is thought to have interest in finding a young guard to flank Anthony Edwards. Considering that this is a thin point guard draft, one alternative could be Moore, who can play on the ball in a pinch to similar effect while also defending several positions. He has a pretty ideal skillset for a modern role player and gradually won teams over with his consistent play.”; Round 2a – Christian Koloko, C, Arizona; Round 2b – Michael Foster, F, G League Ignite; Round 2c – Karlo Matkovic, F, Mega Basket.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky. “D’Angelo Russell is being shopped around, so it makes sense for the Timberwolves to target a shot-creator with this selection. TyTy and Karl-Anthony Towns could make for a lethal pick-and-roll pairing, and with Anthony Edwards resembling a superstar in the playoffs (and in Hustle) Minnesota would be equipped with a dynamic offense. Whatever Russell would return in a trade could only bolster their roster even more.”

Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com: Round 1 – Jalen Williams, SG, Santa Clara. “Williams has been the fastest-rising draft prospect the last month. He measured 6-6 at the combine with a 7-2 wingspan, is coming off a season in which he shot nearly 40% from 3-point range, and rated out in the 97th percentile last season according to Synergy as a spot-up shooter.”; Round 2a – Ryan Rollins, SG, Toledo; Round 2b – Hugo Besson, PG, France; Round 2c – Keon Ellis, SF, Alabama.

Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky. “Wonderful shooting touch from the mid-range. Washington's ability to get into the lane and utilize pick-and-roll scheming is what's going to safely get him drafted in the first round. He's a smidge undersized, and I don't know if he'll be able to be a starter for more years than not, but I do like his chances of being a good secondary option at the point for years to come.”

Colin Ward-Henninger of CBSSports.com: Blake Wesley, SG, Notre Dame. “Wesley is a lightning-quick shot-creator who might start his NBA career off the ball, but can eventually develop into a lead guard. His poor shooting percentages at Notre Dame are the product of a lot of iso creation and playmaking that he won't have to do in NBA -- at least not right away. Wesley has been shooting the ball well from 3-point range in workouts and has tremendous defensive upside. He would fit in nicely on Minnesota's second unit or eventually the starting lineup.”

David Cobb of CBSSports.com: Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia. “Jovic is already adept at scoring from all three levels and shows signs of the defensive competency you'd hope for with an offensively gifted forward. There is plenty to fine tune here — and there will be questions about his athleticism — but as one of the youngest players in the class he's worth a first-round flyer.”

Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports: Round 1 – Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame. “Wesley is the first one-and-done prospect to come out of Notre Dame and is a player who flew under the radar for half of the college basketball season. Wesley is one of the best passers out of the pick-and-roll and has the confidence to get a shot off at the end of the shot clock or when the game is on the line. Wesley is still young at just 19 years old and has a ton of upside as a budding shooting guard in the league.”; Round 2a –Ismael Kamagato, C, France; Round 2b – Josh Minott, F, Memphis; Round 2c – Trevion Williams, F, Purdue.

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic ($): Round 1 -- TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky. “It’s a bit more difficult to find a fit for Washington than you would expect on draft night, which is part of the reason why you have seen his name fall in recent weeks on mock drafts. Still, he fits a number of boxes that Tim Connelly tends to look for in prospects, as a guy who is excellent from a skill perspective and processes the game exceedingly well.”; Round 2a – Ryan Rollins, G, Toledo; Round 2b – JD Davison, G, Alabama; Round 2c – Jabari Walker, F, Colorado.

John Hollinger of The Athletic ($): Jalen Williams, SG, Santa Clara. “This would work out pretty well for Minnesota if Williams fell to 19, so well that Connelly would likely go with this option over selecting somebody named 'Nikola Jović' with his first choice in Minnesota. Williams would give the Wolves another ballhandler, one with some size, after they too often leaned on undersized perimeter lineups last season. Liddell also would be a really good fit here, but I have him gone by this point.”

Dick Vitale of ESPN: Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee.

Ian Winderman of RecentlyHeard.com: Kendall Brown, F, Baylor. “If he plays as aggressively as capable, this could be a steal of the draft alongside Anthony Edwards.”

Bryan Kalbrosky of For The Win: Jalen Williams, G, Santa Clara. “No one did more to improve their draft stock during the pre-draft process than Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams. There are valid concerns about some of his statistical shortcomings while in college, and it’s fair to raise your eyebrows about late stock risers. Williams, however, had an other-worldly performance at the NBA Draft Combine. With his wingspan and vertical pop, any teams that thought they could get him as a second-round sleeper are now out of luck.”

Kyle Irving of Sporting News: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky. “Washington was once considered to be a potential top-10 pick before injuries and inconsistency derailed his freshman season. The Timberwolves could use some depth in their backcourt behind Anthony Edwards and D'Angelo Russell and if a talent like Washington is still on the board here, they could find their reserve floor general. Washington is a capable pick-and-roll ball-handler and a solid shooter, but he can be a streaky scorer. His ability to play on or off the ball makes him flexible for the team that selects him.”

Sean Barnard of ClutchPoints: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky. “Another Kentucky guard with major potential to outperform his draft slot. TyTy Washington has a fairly polished game and can do a little bit of everything. The 6’4″ guard has the best floater in the class and an impressive overall in-between game. He also set the Kentucky record for most assists in a game this past season with 17 assists against Georgia. Washington is capable of running an offense and has some scoring potential. Adding another ball handler to the Timberwolves would further provide them with flexibility.”

Zak Hanshew of NBC Sports Edge: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky. “Washington falls a bit in the Draft and lands with a team that could utilize him in a prominent role as soon as this season. Both Patrick Beverley and D’Angelo Russell are free agents next summer, and if one or both are traded in the off-season, Washington could see plenty of minutes. His score-first nature makes him an intriguing points-league player in fantasy hoops, especially with the run-and-gun T-Wolves.”

Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut: Round 1 -- Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor. “For the Timberwolves, it should be all about improving on defense this summer. Patrick Beverley was a good start during the surprising playoff run last season. But Minnesota needs more of that in the frontcourt. While lacking an elite skill-set, the 6-foot-10 Sochan should make an immediate impact on defense. It’s a safe pick, one that Minnesota should make at 19.”; Round 2a – Ismael Kamagate, France; Round 2b – Michael Foster Jr., F, G League Ignite; Round 2c – Keon Ellis, G, Alabama.

NBADraft.net: Round 1 -- Ousmane Dieng, F, France; Round 2a – Bryce McGowans, SG, Nebraska; Round 2b – Josh Minott, SF/PF, Memphis; Round 2c -- Ismael Kamagate, C, France.

Cody Taylor of Rookie Wire: Round 1 -- E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State. “Liddell projects to bring a strong scoring ability and defensive chops to the next level, something that is needed by the Timberwolves at the position. He scored in double figures in every game last season, averaging 19.4 points, and also led the Big Ten in blocked shots. His range looks to start around here on draft night, and he could be on the Timberwolves’ radar.”; Round 2a – Peyton Watson, G/F, UCLA; Round 2b -- Gabriele Procida, G/F, Foritudo Bologna; Round 2c – Jabari Walker, F, Colorado.

Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report: Blake Wesley, SG, Notre Dame.

Adam Finkelstein of 247 Sports: Dalen Terry, G, Arizona. “Dalen Terry is both ultra-versatile and competitive, making him an ideal fit alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Terry can play and defend multiple positions and is also an excellent passer and distributor for his size. He needs to become a better spot-up shooter, especially playing alongside two players that will command double teams, but has the work-ethic to do so.”

Ari Koslow of Fantasy Pros: Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia. 

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky. “A good table-setter who can initiate the offense and create shots for others, Washington has the passing instincts and vision to potentially flourish in the spread pick-and-roll sets that are a big part of NBA offenses. D’Angelo Russell’s future with the Timberwolves is uncertain, especially with president of basketball operations Tim Connelly new to the job.”

Sam Amico of Hoops Wire: E.J. Liddell, PF, Ohio State.

NBA Draft Room: Round 1 – TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky. “TyTy was banged up late in the season but looked like a top 10 pick before that. This would be great value here.”; Round 2a – Walker Kessler, C, Auburn; Round 2b – Jean Montero, PG, Overtime Elite; Round 2c – Keon Ellis, SG, Alabama.

Jordan Schultz of The Game Day: Round 1 – Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite. “A powerful, 6-foot-4-inch wing, Hardy is a microwave-type of offensive weapon, showcasing himself as a tough shot-maker who doesn’t need a ball screen to get his own. He’s the perfect addition for the upstart Wolves.”; Round 2a – Walker Kessler, C, Auburn; Round 2b – Trevor Keels, SG, Duke; Round 2c – Dominick Barlow, F, Overtime Elite.

NetScouts: Round 1 – Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame; Round 2a – Josh Minott, SF, Memphis; Round 2b – Caleb Houstan, SG, Michigan; Round 2c – Dominick Barlow, PF, Overtime Elite.

Brett Siegel of SI.com/Fastbreak: Round 1 – E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State. “It is possible that Minnesota looks to move down a little in order to acquire other assets, but should he be a guy near the top of their draft board, E.J. Liddell can check off a ton of boxes for the Timberwolves, especially on their bench. While he is only 6-7, Liddell plays well above his height because of his near 7-foot wingspan. He can protect the rim, be a “small-ball” center in some rotations and has really good footwork on the offensive-end of the floor in the low-post, making him a solid frontcourt option off-the-bench. Perhaps his best attribute though is that Liddell really improved himself as a jump-shooter this past season at Ohio State. Defense, hustle and high IQ are the three main things you get with Liddell and with the Timberwolves looking to make all the right moves to set themselves up for success right now, Liddell is the perfect NBA-ready type of talent Minnesota could utilize both on the wing and in the low-post.”; Round 2a – Gabriele Procida, G, Italy; Round 2b – Michael Foster Jr., F/C, G League Ignite; Round 2c – Dereon Seabron, G, North Carolina State).

Andrew Norton of Lineups.com: Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia. “Jovic could blossom into a solid NBA player, but it will have to be in an environment conducive to his game. In this case, the Wolves love to play fast on offense and can sometimes be lackadaisical on defense. That sounds like a perfect fit for a player with limitless offensive upside but “cone-like” defense. Jovic should have plenty of opportunities to maximize his talents (shooting, speed, and length) in transition for Minnesota.”

Tankathon: Round 1 – E.J. Liddell, PF, Ohio State; Round 2a – Trevor Keels, SG, Duke; Round 2b – Khalifa Diop, C, Gran Canaria; Round 2c – JD Davidson, PG, Alabama.

FIRST-ROUND TALLY

TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky -- 9

E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State -- 4

Blake Wesley, SG, Notre Dame -- 4

Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia -- 3

Jalen Williams, SG, Santa Clara -- 3

Kendall Brown, F, Baylor -- 1

Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee -- 1

Ousmane Dieng, F, France -- 1

Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite -- 1

Wendell Moore, G/F, Duke -- 1

Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor -- 1

Dalen Terry, G, Arizona -- 1

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