June 22, 2018, 12:00 am
With the No. 48 overall pick the Wolves selected Keita Bates-Diop out of Ohio State.
The 6’8″ forward has an interesting array of tools and expects to provide a lot of versatility. He has good length with a 7’3″ wingspan and figures to guard threes and fours at the next level. He’s also a deep threat, hitting 36 percent of his 3-pointers in his senior season.
Bates-Diop was projected to go late in the first round, so getting him deep in the second feels like good value for Minnesota. We took a dive into his potential fit on the Wolves at No. 20 a few weeks ago.
With Nemanja Bjelica hitting restricted free agency and Taj Gibson in the final year of his contract, the Wolves don’t have a long-term answer at the power-forward. Bates-Diop represents somewhat of an insurance plan.
Between first rounder Josh Okogie and Bates-Diop, the Wolves added a ton of length and defensive toughness in the draft. The front office and fans should be feeling pretty good about their haul.
No. 48 Pick: Keita Bates-Diop, Minnesota Timberwolves
Scored 1.392 points per shot around the rim in the half court [92nd percentile]
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) June 22, 2018