While the Chicago Bulls officially made the selection, the Timberwolves announced the Bulls sent the 16th overall selection and Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves for the No. 7 pick, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.
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The 7'0" center was one of the breakout stars of the 2016-17 college basketball season. After redshirting his first year at Creighton, he came through with 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
Bleacher Report NBA @BR_NBA
Wolves take Creighton C Justin Patton with the No. 16 pick https://t.co/q0D06oP6LY2017-6-23 01:19:07
The Star Tribune's Marcus Fuller doesn't think Patton will have trouble winning over the Timberwolves fanbase:
Marcus R. Fuller @Marcus_R_Fuller
Seven-footer Justin Patton beat the #Badgers when he played for Creighton last season. Minnesota fans should love him already. 〽️🏀💯2017-6-23 01:18:52
The Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski and ESPN's Fran Fraschilla provided a brief scouting report on Patton:
Jon Krawczynski @APkrawczynski
Scout to me on Patton: "Very raw. No offers until junior year. Can really do anything out there but has a lot to learn. Reminds of Bosh."2017-6-23 01:19:49
Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla
The "elastic man" Justin Patton will remind Tibs & Wolves of a young Camby, who he coached in NewYork. Will have time to develop.2017-6-23 01:22:20
Here's how others reacted to the pick:
NBA TV @NBATV
Welcome to the @Timberwolves pack, @JustinPatton17. The future is looking bright. #NBADraft https://t.co/yA5dbtnZYw2017-6-23 01:21:09
Rob Dauster @RobDauster
I think Justin Patton probably has the highest ceiling of that glut of mid-1st round bigs. https://t.co/c0IpxB2dqY2017-6-23 01:22:15
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Justin Patton is the 4th Creighton player to go in the 1st round and the 1st @BluejayMBB freshman to be drafted in any round. https://t.co/FW28O4xPuf2017-6-23 01:22:06
Will Cain @willcain
So the trade ended up: Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to the Wolves, Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to the Bulls. Wolves win.2017-6-23 01:20:06
"The amount of progress in less than two years when he first arrived on campus is like nothing I've ever seen," head coach Greg McDermott said, per Jon Nyatawa of the World-Herald.
Patton showed great efficiency around the basket, with his 67.6 field-goal percentage ranking second in the nation among qualified players. He also displayed some outside shooting ability, finishing 8-of-15 from beyond the arc this season.
His work on the defensive end will also be useful in the NBA. His size and athleticism make him a quality rim protector, and he should only get better with more experience.
While Patton can still stand to improve his rebounding, which was below average for a 7-footer, the upside remains high for him to make an impact on both ends of the court.
The Timberwolves won't need him to be a star right away, but the squad can bring him along slowly before the center becomes a key member of the rotation.