BUCKING HISTORY

The Wolves entered this year’s NBA draft lottery with the best chance — 25 percent — of winning the first overall pick in the draft. Of course, given the Wolves’ history, who’d have guessed they’d actually get No. 1? In 18 previous lottery tries, the Wolves had moved down eight times, and in two previous times with the best odds at No. 1 overall, they got the second and third pick. Here is a look at their previous lottery woe:

 

1990: 22-60 (fifth-worst record)

Lottery pick: 6th

Draft pick: Felton Spencer

 

1991: 29-53 (seventh worst)

Lottery pick: 7th

Draft pick: Luc Longley

 

1992: 15-67 (worst)

Lottery pick: 3rd

Draft pick: Christian Laettner

 

1993: 19-63 (second worst)

Lottery pick: 5th

Draft pick: Isaiah Rider

Dropping three places to fifth, the Wolves took Isaiah Rider after Chris Webber, Shawn Bradley, Penny Hardaway and Jamal Mashburn went 1-4.

 

1994: 20-62 (third worst)

Lottery pick: 4th

Draft pick: Donyell Marshall

 

1995: 21-61 (third worst)

Lottery pick: 5th

Draft pick: Kevin Garnett

 

1996: 26-56 (fifth worst)

Lottery pick: 5th

Draft pick: Stephon Marbury (after trading actual pick Ray Allen and future first-round pick to Milwaukee to move up to No. 4 overall)

 

1999: 25-25 (fifth worst, strike-shortened)

Lottery position (via N.J.): 6th

Draft pick: Wally Szczerbiak

 

2005: 44-38 (14th worst)

Lottery position: 14th

Draft pick: Rashad McCants

 

2006: 33-49 (sixth worst)

Lottery position: 6th

Draft pick: Randy Foye (after trading actual pick Brandon Roy to Portland)

 

2007: 32-50 (sixth worst)

Lottery position: 7th

Draft pick: Corey Brewer

 

2008: 22-60 (third worst)

Lottery position: 3rd

Draft pick: Kevin Love (after trading actual pick O.J. Mayo to Memphis)

 

2009: 24-58 (fifth worst)

Lottery position: 6th

Draft pick: Jonny Flynn (after getting Ricky Rubio at No. 5 with Washington’s pick)

 

2010: 15-67 (second worst)

Lottery position: 4th

Draft pick: Wes Johnson

 

2011: 17-65 (worst record)

Lottery position: 2nd

Draft pick: Derrick Williams

 

2012: 26-40 (10th worst)

Lottery pick: 10th

Draft pick: Traded to Clippers in Marco Jaric deal

 

2013: 31-51 (ninth worst)

Lottery position: 9th

Draft pick: Shabazz Muhammad (after trading actual pick Trey Burke to Utah; also yielded 21st pick Gorgui Dieng)

 

2014: 40-42 (13th worst)

Lottery position: 13th

Draft pick: Zach LaVine