Timberwolves Trade Down, Land Former Top Prospect
The Minnesota Timberwolves had the ninth pick in last night’s NBA Draft and drafted Michigan’s Trey Burke, a player who they then traded to pick up two other later first rounders.
The team ended up with Shabazz Muhaammad from UCLA with the 14th pick and Gorgui Dieng of Louisville with the 21st pick. Muhammad was viewed by many as the top player in the 2012 high school crop, but a disappointing freshman season saw his stock drop.
New President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders met with the media after the first round concluded, and admitted that things didn’t go quite how the wolves had hoped. The two players Minnesota coveted both got taken in the two spots right before the Wolves pick at #9. Unfortunately both shooting guards Ben McLemore and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went seventh and eighth respectively.
Saunders sounded a bit down about how things played out, but explained that Muhammad has a large upside and Dieng brings some needed defensive help.