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No lottery luck: Timberwolves get seventh pick in NBA draft

Mar 19, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Timberwolves 123-109. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Timberwolves dropped one spot in the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night and will select seventh in the June 22 draft.

The Wolves finished with the sixth-worst record in the NBA this past season and had a 5.3 percent chance to get the top pick.

The Wolves have never improved their draft position in the lottery. They have dropped in the order on nine occasions, including Tuesday, and have remained where they would have been 10 times. Last year, the Wolves selected guard Kris Dunn with the fifth selection.

The Boston Celtics won the draft lottery and will pick first. They will be followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics, who had the best record in the Eastern Conference this season, had the best chance of getting the top pick because they owned the Brooklyn Nets’ selection as a result of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. The Nets had the worst record in the NBA.

The 76ers will be followed in the draft by Phoenix, Sacramento, Orlando, the Wolves, the New York Knicks, Dallas, Sacramento, Charlotte, Detroit, Denver and Miami.

  • Adam

    Actually, Minnesota has dropped 11 times, including tonight. 90, 92, 93, 94, 95, 99( from New Jersey), 07, 09, 10, 11, and 17.

  • Todd Jordan

    The Wolves need to either.trade.the.pick to a team for a 1 next year or acquire another.player. The NBA screwed the team, again. This Draft Lottery is such B.S.





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