The Timberwolves knew they would be giving up their pick either this year -- if they stayed outside the top three picks -- or an unprotected pick next season if they did not. They wound up paying that debt this season, meaning Golden State will have two lottery picks this year -- the seventh overall selection from Minnesota, plus its own pick at 14th overall.
Rockets fans would have loved the No. pick, but honestly “‘not five”’ was the key. The difference between the two sides of that coin are as different as night and day.
Jalen Green Jalen Green went a more unconventional route and opted to skip college to play in the G-League last season. That decision certainly paid off, with the 19-year-old averaging 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists on 37% shooting from downtown. At 6 foot 6 and 180 lbs, the youngster is a fluid scorer who can create his own shot on a consistent basis.