Full Two-Round NBA Mock Draft Pre-March Madness

Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images) /
17 of 32
NBA Mock Draft
WICHITA, KS – JANUARY 09: Precious Achiuwa #55 of the Memphis Tigers goes up for the ball against Trey Wade #5 of the Wichita State Shockers during the second half on January 9, 2020 at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

86. Scouting Report. PF, Memphis. Precious Achiuwa. 16. Pick Analysis. Minnesota Timberwolves (Via Nets). player

The T-Wolves landed this lottery-protected first from Atlanta in the Clint Capela, Robert Covington trade, and are surely hoping the Nets stay in the playoff picture minus Kyrie Irving.

With Isaac Okoro already headed north, the team doubles down and takes another forward, this time selecting Previous Achuiwa, the 6’9 power forward from Memphis.

Achiuwa boasts a 7’2.5 wingspan allowing him to defend like a center with the athleticism of a power forward. He’s among the best defenders in the nation, and would be great sliding in next to Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell in that regard.

He carries the nation’s second best defensive rating and third most defensive win shares, blocking nearly two shots a game. He’s also averaging 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. That resume speaks for itself.

There has been some concern surrounding his consistency and motor, and there’s always potential for a ugly shooting night.

The upsides should outweigh the down still, and the T-Wolves have to be happy with their two new frontcourt pieces.