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The picks in the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Draft 2022: Walker Kessler, Wendell Moore, Josh Minott and Matteo Spagnolo

The NBA Draft 2022 passed and in the case of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the event left four selections. The franchise that has Karl-Anthony Towns

The picks in the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Draft 2022: Walker Kessler, Wendell Moore, Josh Minott and Matteo Spagnolo


The NBA Draft 2022 passed and in the case of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the event left four selections. The franchise that has Karl-Anthony Towns as its star drafted Walker Kessler (22nd), Wendell Moore (26th), Josh Minott (45th) and Matteo Spagnolo (50th).

How do they play, what are the strengths, weaknesses, characteristics and statistics of these new Minnesota players? An in-depth look below.

How does Walker Kessler play?

Kessler measures 2.16 meters, weighs 111 kilos and is 20 years old, presenting one of the clearest profiles of the entire Draft in terms of virtues and defects. Of course his blocking and defensive ability is ahead of everything and at least when it comes to paint protection, there’s no question that he’s the big specialist in this 2022 class (although Mark Williams could fight him for that distinction).

To complement that ability, Kessler also had very good numbers in steals and rebounds (both defensive and offensive)while allowing just a 34.1% in one-on-one actions.

Flaws on that side? He is not a great athlete in NBA terms and he’s already struggled against faster opponents in the NCAA: They scored 1.2 penetrating shots against him every 36 minutes, when the average for draft insiders is just 0.6.

Offensively Kessler is limited. 42% of his possessions came in shares of mere ball reception and definition, whether they are cuts without the ball or pick and roll plays. To his credit, he was extremely effective in those situations, converting a phenomenal 86% of his shots. Virtually foolproof once I got into the paint.

The problem is that it offers very little in other areas: despite its size he was ineffective and underused as a low post player, he’s not a good passer, he doesn’t excel in transition and his touch is far from the best. He tried followed by three (1.5 per game), but with a very low 20% success rate.

also launched below 60% free in his two NCAA years and only recorded one 30% on all possessions linked to the shot (catch and shoot, indirect curtain shot, pick and pop). His thing in the NBA will go through defense and definition, although it would be important that he at least could improve slightly as a tripler.

How does Wendell Moore play?

Wendell Moore He was one of the most complete players in the NCAA 2021-2022, doing a little bit of everything for Duke, playing point guard, shooting guard and small forward roles. He is a player 1.98 tall and 20 years old what averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists with 41% in triples in 2021-2022.

Moore’s versatility stands out especially on defense, where he is capable of marking any of the perimeter positions. He is an intense scorer with very good tools in physical and athletic terms. He only allowed 22 of 65 from the field in one-on-one action. He has specialist potential.

The biggest doubts regarding Moore are on offense. He does a little bit of everything, but it’s hard to project exactly what his NBA role will be. Not a scorer or volume shooter (20% on 3s as a rookie and 30% as a sophomore, up to 40% as a junior). He sees minutes as a point guard but he’s also not a natural playmaker. Irregular moving shot. Dangerous in transition but with doubts in fixed attacks.

How does Josh Minott play?

Minott is a 4 of 2.03 meters and 20 years of age, which stands out for its enormous athletic ability. In the NCAA he played only one year in Memphis, where he had trouble getting into the rotation and ended up averaging 6.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 52% from the field in 14.6 minutes.

Although it has clear shortcomings in terms of physical power and play reading (committed almost 5 fouls every 40 minutes), Minott’s defensive potential is high, thanks to his ability to defend the perimeter while being a factor in protecting the rim. Specialist in robberies and with good contribution in blocks. He plays with energy on this side and only allowed 32% of the field in one-on-one actions.

Due to a physical issue, today he looks more apt to defend perimeters than to battle against interiors in the paint. Which is a problem considering that his best attacking role is 4 or even 5, but he’s definitely not a small forward.}

Minott’s points come mostly in actions where he can exploit his athletic virtues. Unstoppable in transition, where he was among the best of all Draft projects (both in efficiency and frequency), excellent offensive rebounder and super explosive as a finisher, be it cuts without the ball, alley-oops or other situations created by his teammates.

When it comes to playing with the ball, Minott is much more limited, beyond being aggressive and quick to attack the rim. However, he is far from having game-generating skills as a scorer or passer, while his shot is totally deficient: he only shot 2 of 14 from three-pointers in 2021-2022, with poor mechanics and low percentages also in the middle distance. .

How does Matteo Spagnolo play?

Spanish is a 1-2 of very good height (1.97) and only 19 years old, who although he belongs to Real Madrid, has just played the last Serie A with Cremona from his country. His campaign was really positive and he finished with averages of 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a phenomenal 44% on 3s throughout 27 minutes.

Spanish is a pure talent from the technical, with enormous conditions to play with the ball. Perhaps the first thing that stands out and his strongest point at the moment is his combination of handling, creativity and shooting. 44% from three, 86% from free kicks and also very accurate in the middle distance, taking shots from the dribble. The volume of attempts from three of his was low (3.6 per 36 minutes) but he has everything to establish himself as a very good shooter from all levels.

The Italian also has good conditions as a playmaker and passer, even though his 3.5 assists per 36 minutes are not exceptional, especially added to the fact that he had a very high turnover rate. In any case, we must not forget that this is a 19-year-old player starting in a competitive league like the Italian one. he seems to have potential to transform into a pure and conductive base, especially with his ability to play the middle pick and roll. Very comfortable with the ball in the power of him.

Spagnolo’s main limitation in NBA terms is his lack of better athletic skills. The measurements of the Combine marked him among the worst in that aspect for his position and although at the FIBA ​​level he looks solid speed, another would be the story in a league like the North American. This limits him when it comes to attacking the rim, where he already has problems (he prefers the short shot in the middle distance; only 40% as a finisher).

Defensively he plays with energy and has great length (height and long arms) for the position, although again, the athleticism is a limitation. Good rebounding average, but low in steals and blocks. His ceiling as an NBA defender is just an average score, although he might even be below that.