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2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Why Each Team Needs the No. 1 Pick More Than the Others

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2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Why Each Team Needs the No. 1 Pick More Than the Others
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The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery begins Tuesday night, May 16th at 8:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to get the first overall pick owning 25 percent of the lottery balls. Cleveland is second with a 19.9 percent chance.

The reason why the top two picks are so important is because the No. 1 and 2 overall picks will be, by far, the greatest two prospects in the draft. Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams are expected to be selected first and then after them, the talent pool drops a level.

Stranger things have happened the past couple of years though. Washington had only a 10 percent chance in 2010 and they secured the No. 1 pick that enabled them to get John Wall.

All 14 teams will be hoping for their own chance to pick first off the big board. Here is why each team needs the first pick and what it could mean for the franchise.

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