2019 NBA Draft: Full Mock Draft 4.0, Atlanta Hawks Trade Down to Pick at 8, 14 & 22, Lakers Trade #4

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Kevin Porter Jr.. 11. player. 86. . Guard. Minnesota Timberwolves

With perhaps the best fit on the entire 2019 NBA Draft board taken away one pick prior in Brandon Clarke for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Wolves and new front office executives Gersson Rosas and Sachin Gupta will have to opt for their fallback options.

With the 11th overall pick, the Wolves will look to improve the team’s backcourt as Derrick Rose is not a long-term fit and Jeff Teague only has one more year left on his deal.

Kevin Porter Jr. is frankly one of the best athletes in this entire draft class, and his slithery ballhandling means he is able to get to his spots and get his shot off with relative ease. Beyond being a 41.2 percent three-point shooter in college per Sports Reference, Porter also shot 68.8 percent at the rim, which accounted for over 30 percent of his shots according to Bart Torvik.

By adding Porter, the Wolves would have an absolutely loaded young core, which would hopefully not include Andrew Wiggins if the team’s new leadership could pull off a miracle and unload one of the worst contracts in the NBA. If they did that, the team’s young core would look something like this, at least in the 2019-20 season:

C – Karl-Anthony Towns
PF – Keita Bates-Diop (would need to add weight to play the four full-time)
SF – Kevin Porter Jr. (would need to add weight to play the three full-time)
SG – Josh Okogie
PG – Tyus Jones (if signed to $3.6 million qualifying offer).