After months of silence, workout photos, and rumors of a possible sale, the Minnesota Timberwolves are officially BACK in our lives (whether or not that’s a good thing is still up for debate).
As you know by now, the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery will finally take place later tonight, after being delayed nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ESPN will exclusively televise the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery tonight from 8:30-9 pm ET (7:30-8 pm CT for all our friends in the Midwest).
The 30-minute telecast will include the reveal of the NBA Draft Lottery selection order, in-depth prospect analysis, and interviews with high-profile NBA players and personnel, including Commissioner Adam Silver. All fourteen team representatives (including our very own D’Angelo Russell) will appear on the telecast, and the lottery selection will be drawn and announced from the NBA offices in Secaucus, NJ (conspiracy theorists MOUNT UP!).
The Timberwolves have yet to actually move UP in the lottery process over the years, which is truly one of the most impressive feats during this franchise’s checkered existence (seriously I’m not even mad, that’s amazing). With that said, what better time than now to get lucky and have the ping-pong balls fall our way (yes I know this draft is widely considered to be weak at the top but the better the asset = the better the chance of Rosas & Co. making splashier transactions).
As a general reminder, the table below illustrates the Wolves percentage chance at each of the seven draft slots available to them:
While we still may be MONTHS away from the Wolves actually playing real basketball, the Draft Lottery is a ceremonious time for Minnesota fans every year, as it not only signals the unofficial start to the offseason, but also triggers various forms of PTSD from lotteries in the past.
Regardless of how this all plays out, we’ll have extended coverage after the lottery on where the Wolves landed, what it means going forward, and which prospects might potentially be the best available for each of their three picks — the lottery pick, #17 from Brooklyn, and #33 (their own second-rounder).
Hunger Games NBA Lottery!