Basketball is not played on computer screens, and injuries, unforeseen holes and terrible crunch-time play has kept Minnesota in the lottery despite their seemingly strong rosters. But being in the lottery isn't all bad, because, well, you get a lottery pick.
Even then, no one wants to finish in the bottom half of the lottery, which is exactly where Minnesota has been for the last two seasons. Not only have the Wolves missed the playoffs, but they haven't had a top pick to show for it.
The 2014 NBA draft, however, was kind to every lottery team thanks to its superb depth. As a result, the Wolves were able to grab Zach LaVine at No. 13, even though he would have been a top-10 pick almost any other year.
They also added Glenn Robinson III at No. 40, even though he would be a first-round lock in most draft classes.
Now, with Kevin Love entering the final year of his contract, the Wolves have their best-looking depth chart yet. It may be too late, since Love has made it clear that he wants out of Minnesota, but at the same time, it might not be. Flip Saunders does not need to trade Love, and there is still a chance that he plays for the T-Wolves for some or all of the 2014-15 season.
Assuming Love—and everyone else—is not moved, here's a look at yet another promising but question-mark-filled Timberwolves depth chart.