The draft may be far away, but that doesn’t mean I can’t spam draft content for my followers! The big draft fan in me decided to do an FULL nba mock draft, and just highlight the Timberwolves picks for you guys. This was a collab draft with my buddy James Adams (@whats.on.tap.nba on Instagram). Let’s get into it!
With the 17th pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select… Kendall Brown, 6’8 F Freshman Baylor: 10.1PPG-4.3RPG-2.0APG, 1.1 SPG with 64/33/74 splits. Brown is a big defensive playmaker, with tons of athletic upside. He’s great at filling lanes in transition on offense, and can make really solid reads passing the ball. Shooting and shot creation is where he needs to improve, he has a decent form and decent shot base. Overall this year he has shown improvement, he can shoot off the catch and shoot decently. With the wolves he would be a very valuable big defender that’s elite in transition. There will be that shooting question early on, but it’s definitely not impossible to develop him a shot. Brown has had a nice season so far with #4 ranked Baylor.
The Timberwolves have three second round picks, even though I don’t anticipate we actually keep more than 1 of them, I will still use all three in this mock draft.
With the 44th pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select… Jordan Hall 6’8 G/F Sophomore St.Joseph’s: 15.1PPG-6.6RPG-6.4APG-1.5SPG on 39/35/73 splits. Hall at 44 seems like a steal, he’s someone we could see taken in the first round. Hall has uncanny court-vison at 6’7, he’s always a capable shooter. He’s not very particularly fast, but he can slow the game down for himself and his teammates. He will probably never be a great rim/run athlete. I wouldn’t worry to much about his 39% FG stat, a large amount of his shots are from 3 point range, that will be more of his scoring role in the NBA. I think the wolves would love to try to develop him and use him as an off the bench playmaker.
With the 45th pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select… Caleb Love 6’4 G sophomore North Carolina: 14.6PPG-3.6RPG-3.3APG 1.2SPG on 41/41/83 splits. Caleb had a disappointing freshman year, he was an expected lottery pick in last years class but elected to return to UNC due to his poor season. He’s been a great shooter for UNC, he attacks the defense very well. He has a big 6’9 wingspan that could lead to defensive potential. He can also finish above the rim. I believe in Love’s upside, if he continues to play better this year at UNC maybe someone takes him in the first round. I really like his potential as a shot maker, he could be the next coming of Jaylen Nowell for the Timberwolves. Plus with Beverley and Russell both starting, it would be nice to have another guard off the bench to compliment Nowell as a scorer with Malik Beasley having a bad season.
With the 48th pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select… Isaiah Mobley 6’10 F Junior USC: 14.7PPG-8.7RPG-3.1APG 0.9BPG on 47/41/66 splits. Yes, the brother of NBA rookie of the year favorite Evan Mobley. Isaiah projects to be a stretch big, he’s a great shooter at his size. He’s a good playmaking big that can rebound, that can score off the dribble. He sometimes struggles to score through contact, and has to many defensive lapses. For the wolves and their stretched out offense Mobley could find his way to playing time off the bench with his shooting ability. Mobley projects to be a second round pick, so at 48 the value seems good.
Again, I do not anticipate we use all four picks. At most I can see us using our first rounder, and one second round pick. A team like the wolves that won’t have a significant amount of players leaving this offseason, and the fact that they are still a young team makes me think we stay away from the idea of drafting four rookies. I would be very happy and satisfied if draft night looked like this with us getting Brown after the lottery, and maybe a potential first round prospect in the second.