Minnesota Timberwolves Awarded First Overall Pick in 2015 NBA Draft
With all the talk of fixes and surprises, the top pick went to the team with the worst record: the Minnesota Timberwolves. The L.A. Lakers received the second pick and the Philadelphia 76ers received the third selection.
Despite having the second worst record in the NBA, the New York Knicks fell out of the top 3 to fourth. It was 30 years ago in the 1985 lottery when the Knicks were controversially awarded the number one pick, which they used to select Patrick Ewing. They did not have the same kind of luck this year.
The Knicks obviously come out as the big losers here as they fell out of the top three and will miss out on the consensus top two players, Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns. Failing to get the third pick though means they will also likely miss out on Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, the consensus number three player in this year’s draft. Their most likely targets now become Duke’s Justice Winslow or Emmanuel Mudiay who played in China this past season. Given that the Knicks will miss out on the top two players, they will reportedly be fielding offers for their pick.
At No. 4, expect that the Knicks draft pick will be very available in trade talks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 20, 2015
The Timberwolves are obviously the big winners here and will now have the top pick to go along with last year’s first overall pick and NBA Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins. If the Wolves keep the pick and 2013 first overall pick, Anthony Bennett, it would mark the first time ever that a team has had three first overall picks on the same team.
This was only the fourth time the Lakers were in the lottery but the second in as many years, but they came away smiling from the night as they will be guaranteed either Okafor or Anthony-Towns who they can pair with their first overall pick from last year, Julius Randle.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 20, 2015