Timberwolves win NBA Draft Lottery, chance to pick Towns
05/19/2015 09:33 PM
NEW YORK CITY — For the first time since 2004, the team with the best odds won the NBA Draft Lottery.
The ping pong balls went the way of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the in the league this past season at 16-66 and a 25% chance of landing the top overall pick on Tuesday night.
Orlando was the last worst team to win the lottery in 2004. Cleveland also did it just one year before in 2003.
It’s the first time in franchise history that Minnesota has secured the No. 1 pick, and to say the Wolves were excited about their newfound good fortune would be an understatement.
TargetCenterMN</a> as #1 pick is announced. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBADraftLottery?src=hash">#NBADraftLottery</a> <a href="http://t.co/gGsSwDPhjP">pic.twitter.com/gGsSwDPhjP</a></p>— Alan Horton (WolvesRadio) May 20, 2015
The only surprise of the night was the Los Angeles Lakers jumping up from the fourth-best odds to claim the second pick, bumping the New York Knicks down from No. 2 to No. 4.
Each one of the other 12 picks were selected as expected.
Former Wildcat Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor are widely considered to be the top two picks when the 2015 NBA Draft is held on June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The complete lottery results are listed below:
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. New York Knicks
5. Orlando Magic
6. Sacramento Kings
7. Denver Nuggets
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Charlotte Hornets
10. Miami Heat
11. Utah Jazz
12. Indiana Pacers
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Oklahoma City Thunder