The Wolves have recorded the NBA’s worst record twice and second-worst record twice previously. But Minnesota fell in the draft every time:
1992 Worst record (15-67)
Drafted: No. 3
Outcome: The Wolves missed out on centers Shaquille O’Neal and Alonzo Mourning, getting Christian Laettner, above, at No. 3. O’Neal and Mourning combined for 22 All-Star games and five NBA titles. Laettner played in one All-Star Game, and never won an NBA title.
1993: Second worst (19-63)
Drafted: No. 5
Outcome: Ended up with enigmatic Isaiah Rider, above, missing out on Chris Webber, Shawn Bradley, Penny Hardaway and Jamal Mashburn. Webber and Hardaway each played in five All-Star games, Rider none.
2010: Second worst (15-67)
Drafted: No. 4
Outcome: Wolves took Wes Johnson, above, in a draft that saw point guard John Wall go No. 1 overall, followed by Evan Turner and Derrick Favors. The Wolves compounded their misery by passing on center DeMarcus Cousins, who went No. 5.
2011: Worst (17-65)
Drafted: No. 2
Outcome: All-Star guard Kyrie Irving went No. 1 overall to Cleveland, and the Wolves got Derrick Williams, who ended up as a classic tweener, a 6-8 forward who wasn’t a fit at No. 3 or 4. Again, misery compounded as Klay Thompson went No. 11 overall, Kahwi Leonard No. 15.