Lakers Debate: Better Young Backcourt, Lakers or Minnesota Timberwolves?

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In our new series, we will be breaking down which franchise has the brighter future, the Los Angeles Lakers or the Minnesota Timberwolves?

The Los Angeles Lakers have constructed one of the most promising young cores in the league.

However, the title of most promising young team is a highly contested one in this era of the NBA. The Minnesota Timberwolves, in particular, have a group of players which may rival or even surpass the group the Lakers have collected.

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Based on the recent history of these two teams, it’s easy to see why comparisons between them are made. While the Lakers are in possession of the players picked seventh, second and second respectively in the last three drafts, the Timberwolves have two number one overall picks alongside the number five pick in the most recent draft.

While those draft positions seem to give Minnesota a distinct advantage, the actual situation is more complicated than it appears on the surface. With both teams also finding valuable players later in the draft and differences between the types of players selected by each team, the question of which group is more promising is actually a difficult one to answer.

In order to discern which of these exciting young teams has the brighter future, the two team’s top young players will be compared position by position starting with their respective backcourts.

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