Possible Wolves draft options at No. 13: Zach LaVine
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As the Timberwolves continue their now five-week search for a new coach, the upcoming NBA Draft is also garnering a large chunk of their attention.
Just over month away from the June 26th draft, teams have begun bringing in prospects as part of the numerous workouts that will take place in the next few weeks.
The Wolves stand at No. 13 in the first round draft order.
In the lead-up to the draft, we are taking a closer look at several prospects the Wolves could potentially select with the 13th pick.
Wolves draft prospect profiles
Up next: Zach LaVine.
Position: Point guard/shooting guard
Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 181-pounds
Accolades: Pac-12 All-Freshman team (2012-13)
Mock draft projections:
BleacherReport.com: No. 13 - Minnesota
ESPN.com (Chad Ford): No. 14 - Phoenix
DraftExpress.com: No. 17 - Boston
CBSSports.com (Zach Harper): No. 18 - Phoenix
CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish): No. 24 - Charlotte
HoopsHype.com: No. 11 - Denver
Stats: In a rotation that featured two other likely 2014 first round picks (Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams), LaVine ended being used primarily off the bench by UCLA coach Steve Alford. He averaged 9.4 points (127-of-288, 44.1%), 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 24.4 minutes per game. LaVine had a poor finish to the year -- averaged 3.5 points off 23.5% shooting in his final seven games -- but he offset his patches of inconsistency at times with outbursts that put his lottery potential on display.
Notes: With an explosive level of athleticism, LaVine has the ability to catch one's attention. And he appears to be on the rise in the eyes of scouts and draft analysts, especially after a strong showing at the combine, where he recorded a 41.5" max vertical.
LaVine is a raw prospect, whose decision to declare for the NBA after only one year was questioned by some. But his perceived high upside is garnering him increased buzz as pre-draft workouts continue. 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson, who has several sources close to the Wolves, named LaVine as a prospect that could be on Minnesota's radar. LaVine would likely factor in more as a two-guard with the Wolves.
"For a player that wasn't even ranked in many recruiting services' Top 50 coming out of high school, LaVine's ascent has been astronomical. While he struggled late in the season, LaVine garnered a good deal of national exposure. He's got a highly intriguing combination of explosiveness and shooting ability ... LaVine is a player who will likely take some time to become a contributor, but his upside is among the very best in the this draft. Probably the biggest boom or bust pick."
"The appeal around LaVine revolves heavily around his tremendous athleticism, as he's one of the most explosive open court dunkers in college basketball. He's an amazing leaper off one foot, and also possesses a dynamic first step and great quickness in the open floor"
"LaVine has potential that's worthy of the lottery, but production kept him on Steve Alford's bench. Either way, that potential will get him picked right around here (No. 24), if not higher."