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NBA player comparisons for each Timberwolves draft pick

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Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly was certainly active in his first draft with the franchise since being hired last month. During Thursday night’s draft, Connelly completed four trades and selected four intriguing prospects, including Walker Kessler, Wendell Moore, Josh Minott and Matteo Spagnolo.

While it was quite a busy night for the team, the result was a slow and steady infusion of talented young players into the team’s roster. The forehand itself was much like a roller coaster thrill ride, up and down, with exciting twists and turns. But in the end, the Minnesota Timberwolves ended up exactly where we expected.

Here are player comparisons for the latest additions to the team.

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For the first time? Walker Kessler Center.

Pick 22: Walker Kessler (Auburn/C)

Player Composition: Myles Turner
After playing just 8.8 minutes per game as a freshman at North Carolina, Kessler transferred to Auburn and became the best rim guard in the country and won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award. The 7-foot-1 center had 155 blocks, the most in the conference since Anthony Davis in 2012, and at times reminded me of Myles Turner. Kessler’s ability to play shooting coverage at a high level should allow for more flexibility with defensive rotations next season.

Now let’s turn our attention to the Wendell Moore wing.

Pick 26: Wendell Moore (Duke/F)

Player Composition: Bruce Brown
Despite struggling to score consistently during his three years at Duke, Moore developed into a dynamic defender and quality shot-maker. The 6-foot-5 forward displayed many of the same qualities that Bruce Brown brings to the floor and should make an impact off the bench because of his athleticism, physicality and vision. Moore drastically improved his shooting from the perimeter last season and will have to continue to work in that area to gain playing time.

Memphis forward Josh Minott is next.

Pick 45: Josh Minott (Memphis/F)

Player Composition: Brandon Clarke
Although Minott played only 14.6 minutes per game in his first year in Memphis, it was clear why NBA teams would be interested in him. Besides having elite athletics and jumping ability, the Florida native stands 6-foot-8 with a wingspan of 6-foot-11. He showed glimpses of Brandon Clarke, attacking the offensive cup and finishing at the rim with even more length. Although Minott isn’t much of a defender right now, he definitely has the tools to become one.

Last but not least, Matteo Spagnolo from the Euroleague.

Pick 50: Matteo Spagnolo (Italy/G)

Player Composition: Rudy Fernandez

Connelly selected 6-foot-6 shooting guard Matteo Spagnolo with the Timberwolves’ final pick in the second round. While the Italian prospect is expected to play at least one more season in Series A, he could eventually become a quality rotation piece with a scoring hit similar to former Trail Blazers and Nuggets guard Rudy Fernandez. Spagnolo shot an impressive 44.1 percent from beyond the arc last season, but he still needs to become a more reliable ball handler, decision maker and defender.

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