The NBA Draft has finally arrived. After months and months of waiting, we will finally see what the Minnesota Timberwolves do with the number one overall pick. Oh, hello there, LaMelo Ball.
Unlike their first overall pick in the 2015 draft, this year there hasn’t been a standout player and the Timberwolves may still trade this pick if they can find the right deal.
On the daily Locked On Wolves Podcast, host Ben Beecken explains why the Timberwolves should select LaMelo Ball if they keep the number one pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Ben Beecken: If I’m the Timberwolves I am taking the number one player on my big board and that’s LaMelo Ball. I think that even though he’s an imperfect fit for the Timberwolves, I think he’s the best option out of a number of imperfect options.
I think the Wolves offensive ceiling with two creative ball-handlers in DeAngelo Russell and LaMelo Ball will be extraordinarily high and this very easily could be a top-five offense. Yes, Ball has some shooting questions, but his free-throw shooting is good enough. His shooting touch in the paint is good enough, I think he’ll improve. Also, his shot selection had a lot to do with the fact that he didn’t have much talent around him. If NBA coaches can get him to be a little smarter with the shot selection and a little more judicious defensively then he could be a great player.
There are obvious concerns, but the Wolves already have some defensive issues and… the other options here don’t make sense. James Wiseman isn’t a fit with Towns. Anthony Edwards, I don’t like as a fit with the Timberwolves because of the many concerns I’ve talked about defensively and some of the shooting efficiency. So I think LaMelo Ball is the best all-around fit.