Timberwolves Land First-Rounders Muhammad, Dieng in Draft

Updated: 06/28/2013 5:45 AM KSTP.com

No strangers to moving up-and-down the NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves hopped around again this year to eventually acquire first-round picks UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad and Louisville center Gorgui Dieng.

Initially holding the ninth overall pick, the Timberwolves traded that pick to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the 14th and 21st overall picks.

The Timberwolves selected Michigan point guard Trey Burke with the ninth-pick on behalf of Utah, then later had Utah select Muhammad and Dieng. The trade was ratified and approved by the NBA later in the evening, making the deal final.

The Timberwolves also held the 26th pick in the first round, but sold that selection to Golden State in exchange for cash considerations.   

Muhammad averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman last year. The 6-foot-6 guard will give the Wolves the size at shooting guard that they need after playing smaller Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea at that position last season.  

Dieng will give the Timberwolves a shot-blocking specialist in the paint that their frontcourt currently lacks.  The 6-foot-11 Dieng averaged 9.8 points and 2.5 blocks for the Cardinals last season.

In the second round, the Wolves selected North Carolina State point guard Lorenzo Brown with the 52nd overall pick.
Brown averaged 12.4 points and 7.2 assists per game for the Wolfpack as a junior last season.

The Timberwolves closed out their 2013 Draft picking Montenegrin forward Bojan Dubljevic with the 59th overall selection.
Dubljevic averaged 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for his Spanish league team in Valencia last season. He hails from the same country as Wolves center Nikola Pekovic and will likely remain overseas for at least another year or two.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)