Timberwolves win draft lottery and the number 1 pick


Joseph Celsur, Sports Writer

On Thursday night, the NBA held their annual draft lottery to decide the order of the draft for this next year. The Timberwolves, Cavaliers, and the Warriors all came in with the best odds to land the first overall pick with each team having a 14% chance to land the pick. The team with the most on the line that night was the Golden State Warriors because if they won the first overall pick, it would set them up nicely to land Milwaukee Bucks star forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in a monster trade deal.

The night began with the announcing of the 14th overall pick, the last lottery pick of the draft, which would go the Memphis Grizzlies. As the night went on, the suspense would build up to who would land the first overall pick because if the Warriors won the pick, they would be almost a certain lock to make it to the finals once again. Out of the three teams who had the best odds to win the first overall pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers ended up in the worst position out of the three, landing the fifth overall pick in the draft. When it came down to decide who won the first overall pick, the last two teams left were the Timberwolves and the Warriors. The whole NBA watched hoping the Warriors wouldn’t win the pick as they would be able to trade it to the Bucks in an attempt to add Giannis Antetokounmpo to their already all-star starting five.

The whole NBA felt relieved when the Warriors were awarded the second overall pick in the NBA draft and the Timberwolves won the lottery and the right to draft LaMelo Ball, the brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball. If the Timberwolves draft LaMelo, they would definitely be able to sell out their arena and would become a hot spot for the media to follow.