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Timberwolves to select 11th in 2019 NBA draft after yet again moving down in lottery

general view of the stage prior to the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday, May 14, at the Hilton Chicago. Patrick Gorski / USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO -- Lady luck again turned a cold shoulder to the Timberwolves franchise on Tuesday night, May 14.

Even a reformed lottery, which featured more level odds among the 14 lottery teams and an extra opportunity to jump up, Minnesota again failed to jump up.

The Wolves will pick 11th, one spot worse than where they were slotted to select prior to the lottery.

The Lakers leapfrogged Minnesota and moved into the top four. Los Angeles started the night in the No. 11 slot.

The Lakers finished the season with one more win than Minnesota. The Wolves have still never moved up in the draft lottery.

New Orleans won the draft lottery, and should it keep the top pick, almost certainly will select Duke forward Zion Williamson No. 1 overall.

This would have been a prime year for the Wolves to finally make a lottery day move and leap into the top four.

The top end of the draft is littered with wing and guard prospects who could have formed a tenacious one-two tandem alongside Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota.

There will still be options for the Timberwolves to fill such a need at No. 11, albeit fewer.

For instance, either of North Carolina’s star freshmen, Coby White or Nassir Little, could be the go-to perimeter player the Wolves have desperately needed.

But many of the mid-range first-round prospects in this year’s draft are big men or non-shooting wings.

The NBA draft combine will be held in Chicago on Thursday and Friday, May 16-17.

The draft is slated for June 20.

This will be Minnesota’s first draft under its new president of basketball operations, Gersson Rosas.