After losing 66 games during the 2014-15 NBA season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have landed the first pick of the 2015 draft in the league’s annual lottery.
The T-Wolves had the highest chance of landing the top pick, with 25 percent, based on its last-place finish in the league-wide standings.
It is the first time Minnesota has ever had the No. 1 pick, though the team landed 2014 overall pick, rookie Andrew Wiggins, via a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kevin Love. They also picked up 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett.
“Having the No. 1 pick gives us the opportunity to really evaluate everybody and really see what direction we want to go,” said coach Flip Saunders. “At this point, we’re open. We’ll pick the best player for us on June 25.”
The Los Angeles Lakers landed the second pick, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers with the third choice, the New York Knicks with the fourth and the Orlando Magic with the fifth.
The top draft-eligible players for the 2015 Draft include Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns, Duke center Jahlil Okafor, Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay, a 19-year-old guard who played professionally in China this season.
The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 25th, and will be held at the Brooklyn Nets’ arena, the Barclays Center.