June 23, 2023
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–The Minnesota Timberwolves selected guard Jaylen Clark with the 53rd overall pick in the second round of the 2023 NBA Draft Thursday night.
Clark was named the 2022-23 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, 2022-23 NABC Defensive Player of the Year and 2022-23 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, UCLA’s first defensive player of the year winner since Russell Westbrook in 2007-08. He averaged 13.0 points, 1.9 assists and a Pac-12 leading 2.6 steals per game.
Additionally, Clark was named to the 2022-23 All-Pac-12 Second Team and was a two-time Pac 12 All-Defensive Team honoree.
Additionally on draft night, the Timberwolves acquired the draft rights to forward Leonard Miller, the 33rd overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for two future second-round picks.
Miller averaged 16.9 points and led the NBA G-League Ignite with 10.1 rebounds per game. Miller also tallied 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 29.7 minutes per contest in 38 games during the 2022-23 campaign.