Minnesota Timberwolves Win the N.B.A. Lottery

Minnesota Timberwolves Win the N.B.A. Lottery

Minnesota Timberwolves Win the N.B.A. Lottery

Minnesota Timberwolves Win the N.B.A. Lottery

Unlike a year ago, when Zion Williamson was clearly going to be the first selection, there is no consensus No. 1 pick. Top candidates include Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, Memphis’ James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball — the brother of New Orleans guard Lonzo Ball.

Edwards, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 19.1 points in 32 games for Georgia in his lone college season. Wiseman, a 7-foot-1 center, played in only three games for Memphis and averaged 19.7 points before giving up what had been a lengthy fight with the N.C.A.A. over his eligibility. Ball, a 6-foot-7 guard, averaged 17 points in 12 games while playing in Australia’s top pro league this past season.

Cleveland got the fifth pick, followed by Atlanta, Detroit, the Knicks, Washington, Phoenix, San Antonio, Sacramento and New Orleans at No. 13.

Memphis, which had 200-to-1 odds of winning the No. 1 pick and was 97.6 percent certain of finishing 14th, ended up in exactly that spot — a pick that will now be conveyed to Boston as part of a 2015 trade. It means the Celtics could have three first-round picks on draft night, barring any moves by Boston beforehand.

The rest of the first-round order, starting with the No. 15 pick and going to No. 30, as of now is: Orlando, Portland, Minnesota, Dallas, the Nets, Miami, Philadelphia, Denver, Utah, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Boston, the Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto and Boston.


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