With the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Zach LaVine of UCLA. With such a deep draft class this year with great talent at all positions, this pick was never going to be easy for the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the headline stars of the the draft all selected prior to the 13th overall pick, the fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves were anxious to find what project the franchise would invest in this time around. Since drafting Kevin Love in 2008, the Timberwolves have struggled to land solid and reliable players from the draft (the Minnesota Timberwolves draft picks of 2009 demonstrate this struggle: http://www.nba.com/draft2009/). Although the Timberwolves have drafted some great role players, there has yet to be a star to play alongside Kevin Love. Will Zach LaVine be the star that the franchise needs to get them to the playoffs?
DraftExpress.com reports that Zach LaVine’s biggest draw is his great athleticism http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Zach-LaVine-7153/. According to DraftExpress.com, Zach LaVine measured in at 6 feet 5 and 3/4 inches in the NBA Draft Combine, with a 6 feet 8 inch wingspan. His standing reach is 8 feet 4 inches, and his max leap is 41.5 inches. Based on these draft results, LaVine has a very unique skill set. He has a shooting guard game with incredible leaping ability and reach. He explodes to the basket with great pace, and has an exciting highlight dunk reel potential. LaVine also has a good jump shot that extends to the 3 point line. Will his game measure up to success in the NBA? For Minnesota Timberwolves fans, we hope he can be that piece that will get us to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. As a Minnesota Timberwolves, it is exciting to think of the potential of Rubio and LaVine creating highlight plays on the fastbreak. Next season can’t come soon enough.