Four picks have come and gone in our Mock Draft so far, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are now on the clock at #5 overall. Their Mock GM, Aimee Stiegemeyer, Founding Editor and Co-Owner of Memphis Grizzlies fan blog All Heart in Hoop City, has submitted their selection.
Buddy Hield, Guard, University of Oklahoma
Not a terribly shocking choice, as the star of the 2016 NCAA Tournament is now the first guard to come off the board. Here is what Aimee has to say about the pick-
Based on the mock draft predictions I have read, I didn't expect Buddy Hield to still be available by the 5th pick, so this is kind of a pleasant surprise. Looking at his progression across the four seasons he played in Oklahoma, one thing that stands out to me is just how much he has consistently improved in every facet of his game.
He intended to enter the draft last year, but opted to play another season with Oklahoma after receiving some less than positive feedback from NBA teams last year. Which turned out to be a wise decision on Hield's part, as he has made noticeable strides in this last season. That he's already shown a willingness to take constructive criticism and convey that into improvements in his game is definitely a point in his favor as well.
Hield seems to have a lot of raw potential that the right coach could really capitalize on, and there is no denying that Tom Thibodeau is a talented coach with the ability to help players develop their potential.
I'm not sure how much floor time he will see in his first year, but everything I am reading about Hield says he is an extremely hard worker, and Thibs isn't known for going easy on his players. Which is another thing that makes him a smart pick for the Timberwolves, the likelihood he will fit in with the coaching style in Minnesota.
An offensive stud heading to Minnesota to play under a defensive maestro? Sounds like another reason to fear the Timberwolves in the future.
Pick #6 will be up later today, and we will have a trade to announce! Be sure to stay with GBB as we march along in our Community NBA Mock Draft!
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|June 2nd||2/LA Lakers||Ben Simmons, Forward, LSU||Corban Ford|
|June 3rd||3/Boston||Marquese Chriss, Power Forward, Washington||Chip Williams|
|June 3rd||4/Phoenix||Dragan Bender, Power Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv||Kyle Whittington|
|June 6th||5/Minnesota||Buddy Hield, Guard, Oklahoma||Aimee S|
|June 6th||6/New Orleans||Wes George|
|June 7th||8/Sacramento||Brandon C|
|June 8th||10/Milwaukee||Kevin Yeung|
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|June 10th||14/Memphis||Joe Mullinax|
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|June 14th||17/Chicago||Brandon C|
|June 15th||20/Indiana||Aimee S|
|June 16th||22/Charlotte||Justin Sims|
|June 17th||23/Boston||Chip Williams|
|June 17th||24/Philadelphia||Joe Mullinax|
|June 20th||25/LA Clippers||Kevin Lipe|
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