Timberwolves Win The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery is now complete, and this year’s winner is the Timberwolves. Minnesota will have its choice of the consensus top-four of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell, and Emmanuel Mudiay, or perhaps could make a surprise pick along the lines of Kristaps Porzingis or Willie Cauley-Stein. While snagging the top pick in June is certainly a boon, the excitement of the night should be tempered by the fact that no team with the No. 1 overall pick has won the NBA title within two years of making that pick since the Spurs took home the championship in 1999 after drafting Tim Duncan in 1997. This trend will likely continue during the 2015/16 campaign, but if the right call is made on draft night Minnesota could begin laying the foundation for future success.

The Wolves had a 25% chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick, and as a result of the trade for Kevin Love Minnesota could have the last three No. 1 overall picks on its roster, provided Anthony Bennett or Andrew Wiggins are not traded during the offseason. Another notable result from tonight’s drawing is that the Lakers will retain their first-rounder, which would have conveyed to the Sixers if it fell out of the top five. Instead, Los Angeles overtook the Knicks and Philadelphia to move up to No. 2 overall.

Here are all 60 picks that, barring trades, are officially set in stone for June 25th:

First Round

  1. Timberwolves
  2. Lakers
  3. Sixers
  4. Knicks
  5. Magic
  6. Kings
  7. Nuggets
  8. Pistons
  9. Hornets
  10. Heat
  11. Pacers
  12. Jazz
  13. Suns
  14. Thunder
  15. Hawks (via Nets)
  16. Celtics
  17. Bucks
  18. Rockets (via Pelicans)
  19. Wizards
  20. Raptors
  21. Mavericks
  22. Bulls
  23. Trail Blazers
  24. Cavaliers
  25. Grizzlies
  26. Spurs
  27. Lakers (via Rockets)
  28. Celtics (via Clippers)
  29. Nets (via Hawks)
  30. Warriors

Second Round

  1. Timberwolves
  2. Rockets (via Knicks)
  3. Celtics (via Sixers)
  4. Lakers
  5. Sixers (via Magic)
  6. Timberwolves (via Kings)
  7. Sixers (via Nuggets)
  8. Pistons
  9. Hornets
  10. Heat
  11. Nets
  12. Jazz
  13. Pacers
  14. Suns
  15. Celtics
  16. Bucks
  17. Sixers (via Pelicans)
  18. Thunder
  19. Wizards
  20. Hawks (via Raptors)
  21. Magic (via Bulls)
  22. Mavericks
  23. Cavaliers (via Trail Blazers)
  24. Jazz (via Cavaliers)
  25. Spurs
  26. Pelicans (via Grizzlies)
  27. Nuggets (via Clippers)
  28. Sixers (via Rockets)
  29. Hawks
  30. Sixers (via Warriors)
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