The Timberwolves have a very big decision to make between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor. Both Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are great basketball players so it will definitely be a hard to choose who to draft between them both.
Okafor is a very strong offensive player. He had an average of 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in leading Duke into a national championship. He had many “finesse” post moves and “jaw-dropping” footwork that the Blue Devil’s assistant coach Jeff Capel had compared to Tim Duncan. Okafor is a great decision maker and he had a plethora of double teams at the college level. Okafor would definitely be a monster scorer, the kind of big you build with if you want to play inside out with a force on the low block. He really brings the size and a package of skills that include NBA-ready post moves, a shooter’s touch and advanced footwork. Once he becomes established, he’ll command double-teams in the post and use his passing acumen to find cutters. Many people are now just wondering about Okafor’s weaknesses. Well, Okafor only has a dreadful 51% free-throw average percentage. He also has a “step-behind-defensive”.He has now lost 12 pounds since the end of the season in an attempt to debunk the lack of defensive quickness criticism.
Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds a game in 21 minutes a game for the almost undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. He has an enormously high ceiling on offense and is a much better defender than Okafor is and has been. “He played a fitting role in Coach John Calipari’s platoon offense in 2014-15. He came on strong, proving to be UK’s most important player in the NCAA tournament but his versatility was never maximized at the college level. In short, he was just scratching the surface in the NCAA.” Towns would be able to offer the kind of rim protecting big man that they have been missing for years with a much higher offensive upside than Gorgui Dieng. They would still need shooting all over the floor, but Timberwolves would have a terrific combination with Towns and Wiggins. By choosing one of these two really good basketball players on their team, it will make them so much better especially on the “inside” because they are both very good with the ball on the inside and on the outside. Picking either one would be a very difficult decision.