MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There is a common thread that connects Minnesota Timberwolves draft picks Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III, and it has nothing to do with both being the sons of former professional athletes.

Both of them are known as exceptional athletes, with the ability to run the floor and play above the rim. And those are just the kind of players the Timberwolves need for Ricky Rubio.

Rubio is the team’s pass-first point guard who excels in the open court and loves to throw lob passes to teammates for dunks. But the Wolves had precious few of the players capable of running with him last year.

President and coach Flip Saunders says adding athleticism to the roster was one of the team’s biggest priorities in the draft.

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