The Minnesota Timberwolves are entering a huge offseason that could decide a lot about their future. After struggling once again in 2018-19 and having to deal with the Jimmy Butler trade drama early on, the team ended up disappointing once again with a 36-46 record.
Karl-Anthony Towns is without question one of the most talented stars in the entire NBA, but he needs more help. Minnesota will also have to decide what direction they want to go. They have had a mixture of young players and veterans around Towns, but none of them have been the second option the team needs.
Andrew Wiggins is a top-notch talent, but has not developed the way that the franchise had hoped. Butler is gone and the Wolves will need to find other players to place around their franchise center.
Minnesota will have a chance to get a good player with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They could also choose to make a move with the pick if they wanted. There will be plenty of teams working the phones during the upcoming draft.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at the three best options that Minnesota has with the No. 11 pick in the draft this year.
3. Trade Up, Down, or for a Veteran
First and foremost, the Timberwolves could choose to trade the pick. If they don’t like the players that are going to be available late in the lottery, they could try to move up for a better player, move down to acquire more assets for the future, or even trade the pick for a veteran to beef up their roster right now.
Minnesota cannot afford to miss this offseason. If they decide to make a move with the pick, they need to make sure that they are going to get a player or assets that will help them improve the roster.
2. Simply Stand Pat and Take Nassir Little
If the Timberwolves decide to keep the pick, one option that they should strongly consider is North Carolina forward Nassir Little. While he may not be the “sexiest” option at No. 11, he projects to be a very good NBA player.
Little averaged 9.8 points per game as a freshman at North Carolina last season to go along with 4.6 rebounds. He shot 48.0 percent from the floor overall and 77 percent from the free-throw line. Minnesota wouldn’t be getting a player that contends for the Rookie of the Year award, but they would be getting a young talent with length and the ability to play both ends of the floor.
1. Move Up to Take Cameron Reddish
Finally, the Timberwolves could look to trade up, as mentioned above. If they choose to take that route, trading up for Cameron Reddish would be an ideal move. Reddish would give them another potential star in the future and would bring scoring and shooting to the table.
Reddish averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists as a freshman at Duke last season. He isn’t receiving the hype that Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett are receiving, but he has a very bright future. Minnesota needs to add more shooting and Reddish has the potential to become a perfect 3-and-D player if he works hard and develops into his full potential.