Winners and Losers of the NBA Draft Lottery

Well… the lottery happened and the *DRUMROLL PLEASE* Minnesota Timberwolves have won the lottery. With that being said, let’s talk winners and losers from yesterday’s draft lottery.

Winners:

Minnesota Timberwolves: They already have 2 stars already in D’Angelo Russell and Karl Anthony-Towns then landing the first overall pick after adding an elite young talent like Jarrett Culver the previous season, it’s a complete win. The Wolves were one of the 8 teams not in the bubble due to being bad but it’s not like the Timberwolves have been great at drafting. They had two chances at Stephen Curry but who did they pick? Johnny Flynn and Ricky Rubio, in a class where there isn’t a clear-cut favorite for the First Pick it’s a tough year to get the first pick but you’ll take it. Maybe you can trade the pick and get an established player or you can take a talented scoring guard.

Anthony Edwards: This went about as well as you could’ve imagined If you’re Anthony Edwards, he was good at times at Georgia but didn’t seem to always try on defense, he shot 29% from three but is so physically advanced and will be a very good NBA player. Assuming the Wolves pick him with the top spot, you piece him with Russell, Towns, and then Culver that’s an elite top four of the future. Naz Reid also has a super bright future he will be a starter of the future for this squad after the Wolves draft Edwards.

James Wiseman: Wiseman could have been in position to drop more than anyone based on today’s results, but with the Warriors securing the 2nd pick, he makes a lot of sense for them at #2. Adding Wiseman alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, and Andrew Wiggins, adding physical presence like Wiseman is going to be must-watch television. The way true centers aren’t sought after in today’s game hurts Wiseman but this is the most ideal landing spot imaginable.

Boston Celtics: This is strictly because they get a lottery pick as part of a trade from five seasons ago from the Grizzles in which the Celtics gave up Jeff Green and received Austin Rivers, Tayshaun Prince in a three-team-deal with the Grizzles and Pelicans, they gave up nothing really and now have a lottery pick. They add a lottery pick along with Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordan Hayward, and young up-and-comers like Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards, and Tremont Waters. The future is bright for Boston, especially if they can add some depth at the center spot.

Losers:

New York Knicks: The Knicks somehow got the 8th pick, fans were hoping for a top 3 pick, but instead they got the #8 pick. Last Season they wanted the first pick, they got number three and picked R.J. Barrett. At number eight they can look for a true lead guard like Kira Lewis Jr, Tyrese Haliburton, Killian Hayes or Cole Anthony those are all elite talents who will be great at the next level. Although they didn’t get a top pick, they still will get a great player.

LaMelo Ball: LaMelo has been rumored to want to go to the Knicks, odds of that happening are slim-to-none (unless there’s a trade of course). I don’t think he goes 1 or 2 and he could go three but whether it’s the Hornets or Pistons as the most likely options neither of those are super appealing for a young talent. I’m skeptical on Ball but he does have talent but he might not get put in a great situation.

Memphis Grizzlies: They gave up their pick 5 years ago and get nothing. They could have added a lottery player with their already young surplus of talent but that’s not happening now.

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