Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Minnesota Timberwolves

June 17th, 2024

by Alan Lu

The Minnesota Timberwolves had a successful season, and their most impressive feat of the year was being able to defeat the former defending champions Denver Nuggets in the second round of this year’s NBA Playoffs. Anthony Edwards was tremendous in that series, and Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert gelled and they along with Jaden McDaniels helped provide a formidable frontcourt trio to provide some offense and stifling defense. Mike Conley was a reliable point guard, and they also got solid bench production, namely from their Sixth Man of the Year award Naz Reid, as well as from Kyle Anderson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

The Minnesota Timberwolves made big strides this season, and they will be one of the top contenders coming out of the Western Conference next season.
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They won a lot of games in the regular season under head coach Chris Finch, and the Timberwolves surprised a lot of people this past season. They were unable to get past Dallas as they lost to them in the Western Conference Finals, as they couldn’t handle guarding either Luka Doncic or Kyrie Irving, but the Timberwolves have a lot to be proud of.

In the draft, they’ll need to get 3 and D wings that can defend Doncic, and they also could look to select an initiator that can run the team’s offense and one day maybe take over when Conley retires.

Anyways, here is what I did for the Timberwolves on ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.
A mock draft board for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3:

A mock draft board for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.
A mock draft board for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Baylor Scheierman would be the tall playmaking guard that can play any of the perimeter positions, and his high basketball IQ and strong offensive skills would make him a commendable pick late in the first round. Terrence Shannon and Kevin McCullar are skilled swingman that could contribute right away and they could provide versatility, defense, and floor spacing to the Timberwolves. Also, Justin Edwards is a very athletic swingman whose 3 and D skills would enable him to slot in well into that role, and he may have the upside to develop into being a very versatile role player. In addition, Harrison Ingram and Cam Christie also would be solid options at 37. Also, there are other prospects available that could be interesting, but those were the two players that I feel would be the best fits with the picks they have in the draft. The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. It will be interesting to see what happens then. Thanks for reading.

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