Ten days out, an updated look at several Wolves draft projections
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The countdown is now under two weeks.
Ten days out from the NBA draft (June 26th), the Minnesota Timberwolves, owners of the 13th overall pick, continue to sort through their options.
The 2014 draft class that has drawn plenty of buzz about its perceived depth, but will that depth be enough to set the Wolves up with a quality prospect at No. 13?
Much will depend on how things shake out on draft day, especially with several of the mid-lottery picks, but the Wolves should still have a number of options available.
As the draft nears, Kevin Love's status in Minnesota is still looming over the Wolves. Although Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has repeatedly downplayed the idea, the possibility remains that Minnesota could deal Love before or on draft day, which in turn could result in better draft position.
However, for now, the Wolves are holding tight at No. 13.
Two weeks ago, prior to taking over coaching duties as well, Saunders said the Wolves have a "boxed area of about seven guys" it was considering taking with their first round selection.
For the last couple weeks, the Wolves have been bringing in prospects for predraft workouts. Michigan State forward Adreian Payne was in town over the weekend for a workout on Saturday. He was the first prospect the Wolves have hosted so far who has been projected as a potential lottery pick.
When it comes to mock drafts and predicting which prospect the Wolves may take, several key names have repeatedly popped up.
Here's an updated look at a few analyst projections for the 13th overall pick.
SG, Michigan, 6-foot-6, 205-pounds, age: 20
Stauskas has become a common pick at No. 13 among draft prognosticators. With a strong perimeter game (44.9% from 3-point range last season), Stauskas is one of the best pure shooters available in this year's draft.
SF, Duke, 6-foot-8, 215-pounds, age: 21
DraftExpress.com slotted Stauskas with the Wolves in its first post-lottery mock draft, but that pick was recently changed to Hood. A versatile scorer with the ability to play at small forward or shooting guard, Hood has been predicted anywhere from No. 8 (NBADraft.net) to the late-first round.
PF, Michigan State, 6-foot-10, 239-pounds, age: 23
Payne could be a solid pick if the Wolves are looking for someone to fill an opening at power forward if/when Love exits Minnesota.
SG/SF, Kentucky, 6-foot-7, 213-pounds, age: 18
Young is a name to keep in mind if you're a Wolves fan. Young, one of the youngest prospects in this year's class, has seen his stock fluctuate in the last couple weeks, now targeted largely as a mid-first round pick.