Minnesota Timberwolves win the NBA Draft Lottery

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum speaks during the NBA Draft Lottery. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum speaks during the NBA Draft Lottery. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Timberwolves have landed the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

In addition to the No. 17 and No. 33 overall selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been awarded the first-overall pick after the NBA held its annual draft lottery on Thursday night.

Minnesota Timberwolves win the NBA Draft Lottery

The lottery, coming several months late, comes after the seeding games in the NBA’s restart in Orlando. Currently projected in the range which the Timberwolves will be picking are several intriguing prospects such as LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman, and Anthony Edwards.

Ball and Wiseman would duplicate the Wolves strengths at point guard and center while Edwards would seemingly be a solid fit on the wing, although there are plenty of question marks related to him as a prospect.

The Wolves could certainly consider trading back in the draft, although they almost certainly won’t be the only ones looking to do so. Our own Ben Beecken recently made the case for the Wolves trading their top pick for Atlanta’s John Collins, and the No. 1 overall pick would be a big part of any potential trade.

Of other teams potentially looking to trade down, look first at the Golden State Warriors, who landed the No. 2 pick in the draft and will spend the next few weeks weighing their options.

The Timberwolves were one of the eight teams not invited to the bubble, but it is looking more likely that the league will allow those particular teams to have in-market workouts. This will likely not affect the draft, although a combine is looking more unlikely as the draft date becomes closer.

The Wolves last won the lottery in 2015, when the team was able to select franchise centerpiece Karl-Anthony Towns. The year before, they completed a trade bringing in the first-overall picks from 2013 and 2014, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, respectively.

This year, the Timberwolves will seemingly select one of the top-three prospects in this draft class (Edwards, Wiseman, or Ball), although Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher report recently reported that the top prospects for each team may be different, and that will seemingly be no different for Minnesota.

We’ve already covered the draft plenty here at Dunking With Wolves, and we’ll have a focus on this year’s draft throughout the next seven-plus weeks.

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The NBA Draft is going to be held on Friday, Oct. 16, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are already on the clock.