SportsPulse: The Georgia product will now call Minnesota home after being selected No. 1 by the Timberwolves and USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson tells us what they can expect.


NBA drafts often will see teams get their holiday gifts early when other teams make unexpected picks ahead of them, thus paving the way for a top-of-the-line talent being on the board. 

That’s the case for these six below, all surprising because of how they fell in the draft, but the teams that picked them now get to be the beneficiaries. 

Obi Toppin, New York Knicks (No. 8): USA TODAY Sports’ national player of the year, Toppin can make an immediate impact with his athleticism and rim-rising ability in the open court. But it’s the intangibles that make Toppin such a game-changer, as he’s great on the pick-and-rolls and can step out to make threes. Expect for him to take in the New York spotlight with ease. 

Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings (No. 12): Arguably the best point guard in this whole draft, the Iowa State product fell to No. 12 and even though Sacramento has a point guard in De’Aaron Fox, passing up on Haliburton would have been a mistake based on his…