NBA Mock Draft #16: Minnesota Timberwolves (via Nets)- Kira Lewis Jr.
The Timberwolves traded for D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley this season. They may feel like they have their backcourt set, but Lewis Jr. is a special talent. If I based this mock draft solely on my evaluation of the players, the former Alabama guard would be higher.
He averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.8 steals in 37.6 minutes per game during his sophomore season. Lewis Jr. just turned 19 too. He connected on 45.9 percent from the field, 36.6 percent of his threes, and 80.2 percent from the free throw line.
The first thing that jumps out is his blazing speed. Lewis Jr. could help Minnesota be a bigger problem in transition. His speed is difficult to contain, and he has to vision hit Russell or Towns for the trailing three.
Lewis Jr. stands 6’3 with defensive potential. The Wolves need help on that end of the floor. The former Crimson Tide guard is still developing too. He likely grows into a versatile starting point guard playing at an All-Star level. That may make Lewis Jr. the steal of the 2020 NBA Draft if he falls outside the lottery. He could be limited to a reserve role as a rookie, but the ceiling is high.
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