A New Wolf: Keita Bates-Diop

The Timberwolves, after selecting Josh Okogie with their first round pick, selected Keita Bates-Diop from Ohio State University with the 48th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Many experts, analysts, and fans would’ve been happy if the Timberwolves drafted him with their 1st round pick at 20th overall. To get Bates-Diop at 48 is a complete steal in the eyes of many. He profiles as a complimentary role player on next seasons iteration of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Keita Bates-Diop fits the role of a 3 and D wing that the Timberwolves so desperately needed. With Minnesota drafting Okogie in the 1st round, the Wolves doubled down by drafting Bates-Diop to fill that role.

While Bates-Diop will primarily play along the wings, he could very well find himself as a stretch 4 when the Tom Thibodeau looks to go small to take advantage of the opponents lineup.

To succeed at the NBA level, KDB will need prove he can hit from outside, control opponents on the perimeter, and improve his handle. KDB will never be a primary ball handler which is completely fine as long as he does the things mentioned above. If he can improve his ability to drive into the lane and attack the basket, he could turn into a versatile player which would provide the Wolves with a lot of value.

Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden nailed this draft. They addressed the need of wing depth and did so by making two great value picks. As we head towards free agency, the Wolves are set up with a little more flexibility to make the right signing at the right price in what is a pivotal offseason for the future of this current Timberwolves roster.

 

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