Justin Patton Selected No. 16 in NBA Draft, Bulls Trade Him to T-Wolves

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

OMAHA, NE - NOVEMBER 15: Justin Patton #23 of the Creighton Bluejays dunks during their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the CenturyLink Center on November 15, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have added some frontcourt depth with the selection of Justin Patton with the No. 16 pick of the 2017 NBA draft.

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.

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.

The Star Tribune's Marcus Fuller doesn't think Patton will have trouble winning over the Timberwolves fanbase:

The Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski and ESPN's Fran Fraschilla provided a brief scouting report on Patton:

Here's how others reacted to the pick:

"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.

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