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Flip Saunders Reportedly Prefers Jahlil Okafor Over Karl-Anthony Towns

The Minnesota Timberwolves own the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, and the general consensus is that the choice will be between Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. Many draft experts have Towns as the top prospect in the draft, but Wolves head coach and president Flip Saunders currently prefers Okafor, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.

While Saunders prefers Okafor at the moment, that can certainly change, and his staff in Minnesota is reportedly lobbying for Towns. The Kentucky big man has been putting on a show in workouts and is seen by many as the best prospect in the draft because of his versatility and two-way potential.

Still, Okafor is an excellent prospect as well because he’s so skilled on the low block and could be a dominant force in the post for years to come. The youngster may have some notable flaws on defense, but he could certainly improve with time.

Ford also says Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell could be a dark-horse No. 1 pick and Saunders could be willing to trade Ricky Rubio in the right deal, but that scenario seems unlikely.

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