Trying To Predict The Wolves’ Unpredictable No. 5 Pick


Interest in the Minnesota Timberwolves hasn’t been this high in at least a decade. But those interested in figuring out who the Minnesota Timberwolves will end up with when they draft fifth overall in tonight’s NBA Draft will have to wait until then.

That’s because it’s hard to find any agreement in mock drafts on who will be available at No. 5 and who the Timberwolves even prefer to be available with that pick. That’s despite the fact that LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram are nearly locks as the first and second picks tonight (I think I actually prefer Ingram to Simmons, but that’s a conversation for another day).

Here’s a rundown of what I have found as of 11:30 a.m.: believes that the Wolves will have their choice of guards in Kentucky’s Jamal Murray and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, with Minnesota taking Murray. Probably not a bad strategy to take the best player on Kentucky’s roster two years in a row (Minnesota picked Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick last year). For what it’s worth, Wildcats coach John Calipari says that Murray actually wants to play here. 

Sports Illustrated’s mock draft has Minnesota taking Providence’s Kris Dunn, who is often considered the most NBA-ready player available in this year’s NBA Draft. SI thinks Dunn, Murray and Hield will all be available.

The Washington Post had media in each city make their team’s pick, with the Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda selecting for the Wolves. He also takes Dunn, despite Murray and Hield being available.

I don’t have Insider so can’t see what ESPN’s Chad Ford has today in his mock draft, but a couple of days ago, he had the Wolves taking Murray.

Finally, longtime NBA writer Sean Deveney was among those reporting that the Wolves have some interest in trading for Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried.