Towns would make the most sense for the Timberwolves. While Gorgui Dieng is a nice player, he doesn't have nearly the upside and potential that Towns has on both ends of the floor. The Timberwolves desperately need a defensive anchor for their otherwise promising roster, and Towns fills that need perfectly.
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Okafor and Towns have been the top two contenders for the first pick since the start of the season. While Towns makes more sense for the Wolves, it's easy to see the appeal of Okafor. He's got a polished offensive game that's rare for someone so young, and is a more traditional post-up player. He has serious question marks on defense, but he'd fit nicely into Saunders' motion offense. At the very least, Okafor will be a load down low for years.
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Russell burst onto the national spotlight after a sensational season at Ohio State. This may seem like an odd pick for a team set at point guard with Ricky Rubio in tow, but Russell is a good enough shooter to play next to Rubio at the two spot. Russell could then slide over to the one and play next to Zach LaVine and wreak havoc on defenses with their insane athleticism.
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First off, Cauley-Stein changed his middle name to 'Trill,' so he's already beat the rest of the competition for best middle name. But Cauley-Stein is more than just a cool name. He's got the potential to be one of the best defenders in the league. Though he's listed as a center, he's got the length, athleticism and savvy to guard every position on the floor. He may never develop into anything more than Tyson Chandler on offense, but if that's accompanied by Chandler's level of defense, that's just fine.
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This year's 'international man of mystery' isn't all that international. Mudiay was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but he played high school ball in Texas and was a McDonalds All-American. Rather than play in college, he chose to play in China for a year. He's got speed, athleticism and terrific natural instincts. However, he's very raw and needs time to develop. Given that the Wolves have Rubio, it's unlikely this pick happens unless they want to deal Rubio and get a massive return.