Wolves Take Towns With the Top Pick
The Timberwolves made the decision that everyone expected Thursday night. With the top pick in the draft the Wolves took Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns.
Towns, only 19 is a freak athlete that has loads of potential. His numbers at Kentucky aren't going to wow anybody; 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, but in this case, numbers are a little misleading. Kentucky was absolutely stacked this past season, with ten guys getting close to even playing time. Towns was a big part of the Wildcats historic season, in which they won their first 38 games before losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four.
The Wolves added to their already deep pool of young talent, with yet another first overall pick. The Wolves already have the 2013 number one pick, Anthony Bennett from UNLV, and last year's number one pick and Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins, on their roster. With other key pieces like Zach Lavine, Shabazz Muhammad, Ricky Rubio, Adrien Payne, and Gorgui Dieng, who are all 25 years old or younger, the Wolves look like a team that may have more potential than any other team in the league.
In Towns, the Wolves may not be getting the most NBA-ready prospect, as that appeared to be Jahlil Okafor, but the Wolves are getting the prospect with the most potential and maybe the best two-way player in the draft. It still may take a couple years for the Wolves to establish themselves as contenders, but there is a lot of hope and high expectations surrounding the young Minnesota team. If the Wolves are able to keep this young core together, there is a good chance they will live up to that potential and turn this franchise around.