Sports Opinion: Who Should the Timberwolves Grab with 2020 No. 1 Pick?

Greg Miller, Staff Writer

The lottery balls fell in the favor of the Minnesota Timberwolves as they were awarded the first overall draft pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. But the question stands, what will they do with the pick? 

Many scouts and draft experts believe this is one of the weakest drafts in near-memory and a lot of peoples’ top three players in the draft fall at positions the Wolves already have decent pieces at. Whether it is with the first pick or a trade down, these are the prospects I would be most excited about on the Timberwolves: 

Anthony Edwards: Edwards is an athletic shooting guard out of Georgia who can light up the scoreboard, even though he has questionable decision-making ability and is not the best shooter. Edwards has loads of upside and is only 18 years old, but after years of watching Wiggins try to develop, this could be a scary idea for Timberwolves fans.  

LaMelo Ball: The youngest of the three ball brothers is a 6’6” point guard with amazing court vision, but subpar shooting ability at best. I would question how the fit would work as we just paid a high price to trade for D’Angelo Russell at last season’s trade deadline, but it could be an interesting fit.

Deni Avidja: Out of Israel, Avidja is arguably the top international prospect this year.  A 6’9” wing who brings it at both ends of the floor. He is a solid playmaker with a great feel for the game who also takes pride in playing physical defense. The question mark is on his shot, but most of the prospects in this draft have that same flaw. 

Obi Toppin: At 22 years old Obi Toppin is probably the oldest player projected to go in the lottery. Toppin is a power forward who has plus athleticism and good shooting ability. The main question is how good can he be on the defensive side of the ball, where the Timberwolves struggled the most last year.