The Minnesota Timberwolves struck gold by acquiring the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Despite having a massive pool of talent to select in the draft this season, the Wolves might make a move for a third star to pair with D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns.
This means that the Timberwolves can go all-in for next season, possibly making a push for a deep playoff run. The Timberwolves have not found success ever since the Kevin Garnett era, and they might want to have some postseason excitement again. Luckily for the Timberwolves, there are multiple teams that have star players who might be available.
By shopping around the most valuable pick in the NBA right now, a third-star player could immediately make a difference for the Minnesota Timberwolves' title chances next season.
By offering a package consisting of the 1st Pick, Jarrett Culver, 17th pick, and James Johnson to match salaries, here are the 7 best targets for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
7. Zach LaVine
25.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG
LaVine is a budding All-Star, and it is clear to see by his career year. Besides having his best scoring season, LaVine showed he has the personality to perform in big games and simply wants to win. LaVine is expected to make a trade very soon, and the Timberwolves might come knocking.
LaVine gives the Timberwolves a third shooter and scorer, along with someone who is Box Office. The Timberwolves want to win, but they want to play attractive basketball and add a third star to get along with Russell and KAT. LaVine is friends with both Russell and KAT and this will do wonders for keeping the current status happy and competitive as they push for the Playoffs next season.
6. Paul George
21.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.4 BPG
We all know how poorly Paul George played this season, mainly due to injuries and personal issues that are probably not fit for this site. George, when healthy and focused, is still a top-10 player in the game for his work on both ends of the floor. George is a guy who can guard the best player and also get buckets on the other end, something invaluable in today's game.
George gives the Wolves some added defense which they surrendered when giving away Andrew Wiggins. George gives the Timberwolves a solid Big Three which can move forward and be a threat as one of the best overall teams in the league. If Wolves management can become convinced that PG can return to his best form, they should go after the former MVP candidate.
5. Ben Simmons
16.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 8.0 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.6 BPG
D'Angelo Russell currently plays point guard, but it doesn't mean he can't play the off guard position. He did it in Golden State and can certainly be effective when Ben Simmons handles the ball. They can certainly take turns with ball-handling although Simmons is a greater threat with the ball since he can see over defenders with his size.
Russell is a strong shooter and can be effective in any offensive set due to his skills, so he can spot up alongside Ben Simmons and move without the ball very well. A Big Three of Ben Simmons, D'Angelo Russell, and Karl-Anthony Towns would place the Timberwolves right in the mix in the West.
4. Donovan Mitchell
24.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG
What a difference Donovan Mitchell would make for the Timberwolves. He is a dominant scorer and clearly one of the best shooting guards in the NBA after what he did this postseason. He did not manage to lead Utah over Denver when up 3-1, but he certainly put forth tremendous effort as the team's best player. It might be time for Mitchell to get some help.
Donovan Mitchell would be a perfect fit for the Timberwolves. He gets along with Russell and KAT as friends and might be the immediate leader of the team when he arrives. Mitchell isn't afraid of the moment and has the skills to one day enter the Hall of Fame if he manages to have team success. By giving up the valuable first pick in the Draft, the Wolves might have a chance at Mitchell.
3. Brandon Ingram
23.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Brandon Ingram could possibly create a massive difference in the Western Conference if he joins Timberwolves. He is young, athletic, and has the build of a young Kevin Durant. Ingram is also a good shooter from deep, thanks to his high release and accuracy. Ingram would fit tremendously well alongside Russell and KAT because he is very versatile on offense with his playmaking and scoring.
Ingram has a career year in 2020 and made his first All-Star appearance. The Timberwolves should only shop their first overall pick for a third All-Star and Ingram gives them the exceptional talent to go and fight for a deep playoff push.
2. Bradley Beal
30.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Bradley Beal gives the Timberwolves a third All-Star scorer who can shoot the lights out and create his own shot. He would fit seamlessly into the Timberwolves offense because he can score on the ball and off the ball. Beal also adds another primary scoring option, giving defenses a massive headache when deciding who to defend on this Wolves team.
When competing in the postseason, performing under pressure is absolutely essential. A guy like Bradley Beal gives the Timberwolves somebody who can create and hit big shots. Not to mention, he is one of the best scorers in the league and a fantastic all-around player on offense.
1. Devin Booker
26.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG
The number one target for the Minnesota Timberwolves should be Devin Booker. He's the best possible fit for the team at the moment and would immediately make the Timberwolves title contenders next year. Most importantly, Booker is best friends with D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. In today's era of friends opting to play with each other, the Wolves should possibly make this move.
LeBron James won't be in the league forever and there are questions as to who will dominate the NBA going forward. The Timberwolves have Towns and Russell, and a third young star like Booker gives them the final piece to contend now and in the future.