From: Las Vegas
Vecenie is live blogging the draft. Here is his take on our pick:
No. 6: TRADE TIME: The Suns trade No. 6 to the Minnesota Timberwolves for No. 11 and Dario Saric; The Timberwolves select Jarrett Culver: So, I’m not all that excited about this deal for the Suns. Sources told The Athletic that had they stayed at No. 6, Culver was the favorite to be the pick. In my opinion, I would rather have Culver than No. 11, plus one year of Dario Saric at a $3.4 million before having to make a restricted free agency decision on him and potentially pay him into eight figures per season. We’ll see who the Suns pick and finish this out later, but I don’t think the price tag here was prohibitive for Gersson Rosas to pay, and he moved up a tier on my draft board to fill a position of need for the Timberwolves.
Culver is a wing who can excel on both ends of the floor, something that the Wolves desperately need. He’s also known as a tireless worker who consistently plays really hard, something that Wolves’ fans will appreciate. On offense, he’s a contested shot-maker and creator who isn’t an elite athlete, but does have high-level feel and makes the right decisions consistently on the floor. Don’t let the percentages scare you from distance; everyone expects him to develop into a high-level shooter from 3 and be the kind of spacing weapon that Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins need to operate in their best areas.
Defensively, Culver is skinny and needs to keep adding muscle, but he plays with effort and has tremendous hands and a tendency to disrupt the opposing team’s action due to his great hand-eye coordination. Overall, this is a terrific fit for the Wolves, and I think a perfect move by Rosas in his first draft in charge.