2014 NBA Draft: Five First-Round Options for the Minnesota Timberwolves

2014 NBA Draft: Five Players Who Could Be the Minnesota Timberwolves' First-Round Pick

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The Minnesota Timberwolves missed the playoffs again this year, and if history is any indication lottery luck will not be on their side in terms of a significant move up the draft order.

That said, this year’s class is deep and the Timberwolves should have plenty of suitable options available even if they don’t have a top-10 pick.

Here are five players who could be on Minnesota's radar with their first-round pick in June’s draft.

5. N.C. State F T.J. Warren

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5. N.C. State F T.J. Warren

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Warren led the ACC in scoring last season (24.9 points per game) and earned Player of the Year honors in the conference. He has some development to do as a perimeter shooter and defender if he’s going to play small forward full-time in the NBA, but if Kevin Love departs after next season he could wind up at power forward for the Timberwolves.

4. Duke SF Rodney Hood

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4. Duke SF Rodney Hood

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Hood averaged 16.1 points per game in his only season at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State, while making 42 percent of his three-pointers. If he can improve his effort level defensively and add muscle to his frame, Hood could become a key piece on a contending team at the next level.

3. Michigan St. G Gary Harris

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3. Michigan State G Gary Harris

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The Timberwolves need to find a shooting guard that is a willing and capable defender. Harris fits that bill, and he can also score a bit (16.7 points per game in 2013-14).

2. Kentucky G/F James Young

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2. Kentucky G/F James Young

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Young made close to 35 percent of his three-pointers during his lone season at Kentucky, while averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. The Timberwolves need help at shooting guard and small forward, and Young could player either spot effectively.

1. UCLA G/F Kyle Anderson

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1. UCLA G/F Kyle Anderson

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Even though he’s far from elite athletically, Anderson’s excellent all-around skills and size (6’8”) should allow him to succeed in the NBA. The Timberwolves need more players with a diverse skill set and the ability to play multiple positions.

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