Minnesota had the best odds out of anyone in the NBA draft lottery to land the top overall pick in the upcoming 2011 NBA draft. The Timberwolves record of 17-65 was the league’s worst mark, barely beating out the Cleveland Cavaliers final tally of 19-63.
With that being said, Minnesota has now fallen behind Cleveland in the draft pecking order. The Cavaliers will pick first in next month’s draft while the Timberwolves will have the second selection.
The consensus thinking was that the Timberwolves would choose Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and finally get the franchise floor general they have been searching for.
This franchise has tried before to land their point guard of the future, most recently in 2009.
In the 2009 NBA draft, Minnesota chose point guards with back-to-back selections in the top 10. The Timberwolves chose Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio with pick five and Syracuse product Jonny Flynn with their sixth pick. Neither player has become the franchise floor general the team was hoping for though.
Flynn averaged just 5.3 points and 3.4 assists per game last season. Rubio meanwhile is still honing his skills in Europe and has yet to play for Minnesota in the states.
Minnesota has tried various times to find a point guard that they can build their struggling franchise around. It is now uncertain as to what Minnesota’s move will be at pick two in next month’s draft. The franchise was hoping to have this issued resolved by now, but the search goes on.