Okafor or Towns? That's the question all NBA fans have been hearing since the draft lottery took place on May 23rd. The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the number one overall pick, and have a choice of drafting one very talented big man.
But which big man will they take?
Both candidates are extremely attractive for any GM in the NBA. Towns is coming off his freshman year with the nearly undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, where he averaged 10 points and seven rebounds a game. The numbers may not jump off the page, but Towns is one of the most athletic players in this draft who can block shots as well. At 6'11 and 250 pounds, Towns has the physique to make a difference on the floor immediately.
Jahlil Okafor is the other highly regarded big man in the 2015 Draft class. Finishing up his freshman year with the Duke Blue Devils, Okafor had an average of 17 points and nine rebounds a game. He's more offensively polished than his Kentucky counterpart and played a huge roll helping the Blue Devils secure a National Championship. Okafor stands at 6'11 and 270 pounds - 20 pounds heavier than Towns, but able to use his size against matchups on the low block.
Minnesota has reigning Rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins, along with point guard Ricky Rubio. Given that Okafor is more of an offensive threat than Towns, it would benefit the Wolves greatly to take Okafor with the number one overall selection in order to bolster their frontcourt. A Rubio-Wiggins-Okafor foundation would finally give Minnesota something to build off of, and if surrounded by good role players in a few years, they could be very competitive in the Western Conference.
Towns would then end up in a Laker uniform, which should be exciting for LA fans. While it's not the homerun play that fans would want, with last year's number seven overall selection Julius Randle coming back from a broken leg and a developing young point guard in Jordan Clarkson, Towns would give LA a future.
Both big guys can be foundations for these respective organizations, and if Minnesota handles things right with their pick, they could have a dangerous group in the coming years.