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Player Traits: Guard—19— 6'4"—199 pounds—6'8" wingspan
Excellent ball-handler. Can both penetrate or rise up and hit a jump shot. Finishes well around the basket. Deep range on his jump shot. Possesses the elusive killer instinct.
Can be selfish with the ball in his hands. Often over-dribbles. Poor shot selection. Very concerning field goal percentage. Inconsistent defender who takes far too many chances.
Why It Works:
The Utah Jazz miss out big-time as the Golden State Warriors slip into the top seven, thus retaining their draft choice. Worst of all, their lottery-protected draft choice is now Minnesota's by virtue of the Jazz making the playoffs.
And to think a week ago, the Jazz were in line for two lottery picks.
As for what Minnesota will do with the draft choice, it's likely that they target the 2. Wesley Johnson has been far from what they had expected upon selecting him with the fourth overall draft choice in 2010, posting a dismal Player Efficiency Rating of 8.08 while averaging just 6.0 points per game in 22-plus minutes of playing time.
To replace him, expect the Timberwolves to find a player who can consistently knock down shots from mid-range and the perimeter. Due to the questionable love that Austin Rivers has received from scouts, expect him to be the guy to go here.
Season Averages: 16.85 PER—15.5 PPG—3.4 RPG—2.1 APG—1.0 SPG—43% FG