Here's why draft prospects are still being worked out. The Minnesota Timberwolves presently do not have a choice in the upcoming NBA Draft in 2021. Both were acquired by the Golden State Warriors in a deal for D'Angelo Russell in February 2020. The T-Wolves now have the second overall selection in the draft.
The T-Wolves have had a rough go of it lately as they're currently sitting at 14-60 this season. They've never made the playoffs and last appeared in the postseason back in 2004. Owner Glen Taylor bought the team in 1999 while former MVP Kevin Garnett is one of the all-time greats to play for the T-Wolves. He was named Finals MVP after helping his team win its third championship in four years over the Miami Heat in six games. Garnett has been with the T-Wolves since he was drafted number 1 overall in 1996 by the Boston Celtics. He played his first game with them on October 25, 1996, and he hasn't looked back since. Garnett has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on the first ballot and will be able to officially join the list of players who have worn #1 for their career soon.
Garnett is still considered one of the best power forwards of all time and he's still playing some of the best basketball of his career.
2020 First-Round Draft Pick The Golden State Warriors apparently have no intentions to trade the No. 1 overall choice in the 2020 NBA draft if they win it. The Warriors have a potential to turn things around fast next season if Curry, Thompson, Green, and Russell are all healthy. They might be able to force a trade if they make the playoffs this year but not likely the 1st round pick.
2019 First-Round Draft Pick The Golden State Warriors acquired the rights to swap first-round picks with the New York Knicks this year. The Warriors will send their 2019 first-round pick to the Knicks as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks will send 2019 and 2021 second-round picks to the Clippers and the rights to swap first-round picks with the Warriors in 2020. The Warriors will receive the Clippers' 2019 first-round pick (which was previously acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder).
2018 First-Round Draft Pick The Golden State Warriors selected center Ognjen Kuzmic from Croatia National Team in 2018 World Cup. He played only five games before injury forced him to leave the tournament early. He averaged 4.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.
2017 First-Round Draft Pick The Golden State Warriors selected guard Stephen Curry from University of California, Berkeley in 2007 NBA draft.
The New York Knicks have set themselves up advantageously for a talent-laden NBA draft in 2021. They had two first-round choices as well as two second-round picks. Having said that, the Knicks have made great progress this season, but they still have a lot of problems that must be addressed. For example, their defense is one of the worst in the league.
For now, though, let's focus on their future draft prospects. The Knicks have five total draft picks in 2021, including four in the second round and one in the third round.
New York's first-round selections in 2021 are projected to be no lower than No. 19 and could be as high as No. 3. This makes them one of the most coveted drafts in recent memory. Of course, with the new format that will allow teams to keep all of their picks except their own top selection, the Knicks will be looking to make some big moves before then. But given where they are now, it doesn't look like that will be an issue for them.
Davion Mitchell and Franz Wagner are two potential Pacers draft choices. The Indiana Pacers have the 13th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. The selections will be made on July 29th, beginning at 8 p.m. The first round will be shown on ABC and ESPN, while the second round will be broadcast on ESPN.
Mitchell is a forward from Michigan State. He averaged 14.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists last season. The 6'8" forward has been named to the All-Big Ten First Team each of the past two seasons. He was also an honorable mention all-american selection this year.
Wagner is a center from West Virginia. He averaged 10.4 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. The 6'10" center has been named to the All-American First Team twice. He was also an all-district selection this year.
Both players could help the Pacers in different ways. Mitchell would add depth to the front court while Wagner could fill the void left by Myles Turner once he becomes a free agent next summer.