2024 NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Spurs find point guard, Raptors keep lottery selection

Nailing the 2024 NBA Draft is a must for the Spurs to upgrade around Victor Wembanyama.
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27. Minnesota Timberwolves draft Trey Alexander

The Wolves are near the top of the Western Conference but face an uncertain future. Their ownership situation is unsettled and their roster is becoming expensive. Re-signing Mike Conley was massive, but Minnesota still must ink their backup point guard to a fresh contract and has $185.7 million committed in salaries for next season.

They could try to fill that hole in the draft with a cost-controlled option. Alexander improved in each of his three years at Creighton, and the 20-year-old could make an impact on both ends of the floor. He averaged 17.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.1 steals in 37.3 minutes per game as a junior.

Alexander is a stout defender capable of making plays. Putting him next to Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, and Rudy Gobert would make Minnesota’s elite defense even better. He could create some easy buckets on the other end but is far from a finished product.

Trey Alexander shot 35.8 percent from 3-point range in his college career but was inconsistent. Locking in his jumper takes his game to another level. The Timberwolves cannot rely on 36-year-old Mike Conley to be their starting point guard forever. They need a developing talent behind him, and Alexander is the best available option.