Pre-draft lottery look at where Wolves stand in several mock drafts
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The build-up to the June 26th NBA Draft has begun, with the draft combine ongoing in Chicago and the draft lottery coming up next Tuesday.
Barring a miracle, the Minnesota Timberwolves are likely to be slotted at pick No. 13. They have just a 0.6 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a combined 2.13 percent chance at landing in the top-3.
Also, keep in mind, if the Phoenix Suns, who are currently positioned 14th, defy the odds and somehow end up in the top-3 above the Wolves (1.8% chance), Minnesota would be forced to surrender its first round pick - a carryover from the Wesley Johnson trade in 2012. But like the Wolves' chances at lottery glory, the odds of that happening this season are barely worth considering.
Assuming the Wolves stick with the 13th overall pick, which prospect might they take with their top selection?
Here is a look at several pre-lottery mock draft takes on who could go to the Wolves at No. 13:
SG, Michigan, 6-foot-6, 205-pounds, age: 20
-- 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year, averaged 17.5 points per game last season, shot 42% from 3-point range (92-of-208).
SG, Michigan State, 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, age: 19
-- 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, returned for sophomore season, averaged 16.7 points per game (42.9%, 195-of-455).
SF, Duke, 6-foot-8, 215-pounds, age: 21
-- Averaged 16.1 points and 3.9 assists as a sophomore, 2014 All-ACC second team.
SF/PF, North Carolina State, 6-foot-8, 215-pounds, age: 20
-- 2014 ACC Player of the Year, second team All-American, averaged 24.9 points, 7.1 rebounds as a sophomore.
SF/PF, Creighton, 6-foot-8, 223 pounds, age: 22
-- Scored fifth-most career points in NCAA history, 2014 consensus national player of the year.
The Wolves also hold a trio of second round picks: No. 40 overall, No. 44 and No. 53.