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The NBA Lottery and NBA Draft are drawing near and that means plenty of content on the Timberwolves' prospects. Today we're focusing on ESPN's Lotto+Mock Draft 'device' to take a look at where the Wolves will be selecting in the lottery and who'd they take with that pick.
So, yesterday morning I decided to visit the site and 'play' the lotto 30 different times. Today I'm bringing you those results...
Record-wise the Wolves are very likely to get the 9th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. However there is a 1.7% chance that they could get the #1 pick (as they did w/20) and could potentially move into the top 3 as well. As you can see there's also a chance the Wolves could move down.
We'll know for sure where the Wolves will be picking on May 21st in the NBA Draft Lottery. Obviously the difference between a Top 3 pick as compared to a 9th or 10th selection is HUGE. As you can see above that's Ben McLemore, Nerlens Noel, Victor Oladipo as compared to C.J. McCollum or Cody Zeller.
If the Wolves were to win the lottery (don't get your hopes up) there's a much better chance that they keep that pick and select a guy like Ben McLemore to shore up the big concerns at shooting guard. Whereas if the Wolves stay in that 9-10 range, the chances of the Wolves trading that pick become much greater.
In my 30 'lotto spins' the Wolves got the #1 pick once, the #2 pick twice, the #3 pick twice, the #9 pick sixteen times and the #10 pick nine times.
With the #1 pick they took Ben McLemore.
With the #2 picks they took Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel.
With the #3 picks they took Victor Oladipo both times.
With the #9 picks they took C.J. McCollum fifteen times and Cody Zeller once.
With the #10 picks they took C.J. McCollum once and Cody Zeller eight times.
There are a lot of scenarios for the Wolves heading into the draft. If the Wolves land a top three pick, they'll likely keep the pick and address their shooting guard needs through the draft. If they're in the 9-10 range they could move it or they may choose to select a player like Cody Zeller--if they decide to let Nikola Pekovic walk in free agency (PLEASE, NO!!!).
If you'd like to 'play the lotto' yourself, here's the link: ESPN's Lottery Mock Draft.
We'll get more into analyzing the Wolves' draft prospects with our annual Mock Drafts Around the Net series, the first one should be up in early May, so stay tuned for that! As always, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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