The rumors that the Wolves were trying to move up in the draft were proven true when they struck a deal late this afternoon to get the 6th pick from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Dario Saric and the 11th pick.
I hate to see Saric go, but he was due a pay day in another year, and the front office obviously had a target (or targets) in mind for the sixth pick, so good on them for being aggressive.
At any rate the Wolves have used the sixth pick to select Jarrett Culver, wing from Texas Tech.
This seems likely to be a consolation prize for missing Darius Garland, though I’m higher on Jarrett Culver than either Garland or the other point guard on the board, Coby White.
Culver is a do it all wing who can attack the rim and defend, and has some passing chops from the wing spot.
Whether it was worth it to move up from 11 to six to get Culver instead of whoever is available at 11 remains to be seen, and it also remains to be seen whether they keep Culver, as they were working the phones until the last second.
We’ll have a lot more on this as the night goes on.
Here’s a scouting report: