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NBA Draft night is always busy and chaotic, and this was certainly true for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves nabbed UCLA Freshman guard Zach LaVine with the 13th pick of the draft, but most of their activity took place in the second round, notes ESPN. The team selected Michigan State forward Glenn Robinson III, Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, and Italian guard/forward Alessandro Gentile with the 10th, 14th, and 23rd picks, respectively.
LaVine is an explosive prospect who can light it up from 3-point round, but he’s also a very raw talent who has much to learn before he can start fulfilling the tremendous potential that everyone (including Minnesota, obviously) sees in him.
Robinson III is the son of former 2-time NBA all-star Glenn Robinson Jr. His son is no slouch either, as he averaged more than 13 points per game during his sophomore campaign for the Wolverines, notes SportsReference.com.
"It's always when of these things when you get up and you hear it from everybody, 'we had this guy rated a lot higher,'" Timberwolves coach/president Flip Saunders said, reports Fox Sports. "But we had him rated a lot higher."
Only time will tell if he will dominate the pros as his father did for the better part of the ‘90s.
Although Brown often took a back seat to teammate Marcus Smart, he was a force for the Cowboys in his own right, scoring over 17 points per contest for the duration of his senior season.
Gentile is an accomplished scorer overseas, averaging 12 points last season for Milano on nearly 50 percent shooting.
The Timberwolves focused on adding athletically offensive-minded players to a roster that is chalk-full of this kind of talent already. It is clear that Minnesota’s strategy is to out-score opponents to no end. While it didn’t quite work out last season, no one really knows if the tactic will tell a different story in the seasons to come.