The Minnesota Timberwolves went on the clock with all of the BIG name players no longer available. No surprises there. However, picking up Zach LaVine at No. 13 overall is not a bad thing. The Timberwolves get a work in progress, but a work in progress worth waiting on.
LaVine could have benefited by staying another year at UCLA, but that is okay. He has great size at 6-foot-6, can shoot the long-ball and has major potential.
He wasn’t the best player for the Bruins this past season and his numbers definitely won’t blow anyone away (9.4 points per game, 1.8 assists per game). You could definitely say that LaVine is a high-risk, high-reward type of player, but why not reach for a guy with as much potential as him?
Who knows how Minnesota will look in the upcoming season, but I doubt it competes for a championship. With that said, LaVine doesn’t have to be great right away. He has time to develop his game and he doesn’t have a great amount of pressure on him to succeed right off the bat.
He didn’t enter the draft as the best point guard, but he definitely was one of the better ones. LaVine’s name isn’t anywhere near as big as Andrew Wiggins, but that does not mean he won’t be a great player in the pros. If he meets expectations, he could be one of the biggest steals in the 2014 NBA Draft. Even if he doesn’t meet expectations, he is still a very tall point guard who could provide plenty of production off of the bench.