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Wolves Lose Another NBA Draft Lottery Because That’s What Always Happens

Some things never really change.

My NBA draft lottery heart is cold as ice.
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The NBA Draft Lottery has been a cruel yearly holiday in Wolvesdom, where hope springs eternal and our team simply never benefits.

That ugly 0-21 streak of moving up is officially another loss stronger. My curse did not work, as many of our hearts expected. I tried my best to jinx the Lottery Gods but again the Wolves moved down in the draft to the 11th pick.


Odds Entering The Lottery

No. 1 pick odds: 3.0%
No. 2 pick odds: 3.3%
No. 3 pick odds: 3.6%
Top-three pick odds: 9.9 percent
No. 4 pick odds: 4.0%
No. 5-9 pick odds: 0%
No. 10 pick odds: 65.9%
No. 11 pick odds: 19.0%
No. 12 pick odds: 1.2%
No. 13 pick odds: >0.0
No. 14 pick odds: >0.0

Tankathon currently has the Wolves taking Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke at pick 11, which would be amazing though unexpected once pre-draft workouts expose how talented he is.

New POBO Gersson Rosas has plenty of lasagna (or maybe hamburgers?) on his plate this summer, including a head coaching search that recently launched. There’s tons of work to be done and we’ll have to see how this draft pick plays into forthcoming moves.

Congrats to the New Orleans Pelicans on winning the Zion Williamson sweepstakes. The Anthony Davis saga has weighed heavily on that franchise and tonight offers more than a glimmer of hope for the future they want, led by David Griffin and company.

Maybe one of these years the Wolves will move up in the lottery. Again, the West gets stronger by adding the top two draft picks heading to New Orleans and Memphis in a class headlined by Zion and Ja Morant.

We can only hope Towns and Rosas and everyone else involved in this new era ensure they’re not even in this ping pong ball contest, down the line, to begin with.