The Wolves' chances in the NBA Draft Lottery

Minnesota has about a one in five chance to land in the top three of the NBA Draft.

Not happy with the six straight losses to finish the season? Think again. Those six losses made the difference between the Wolves finishing with the sixth-worst record and quite possibly the 10th- or- 11th-worst record in the NBA.

Why does it matter? The Wolves and Knicks, tied for sixth worst, go into the May 16 NBA Draft Lottery with an 18.3% chance to land a top three pick – and a 5.3% chance at the No. 1 overall pick. Had the Wolves finished somewhere in the 8-11 range their chances would've taken a significant hit.

They'll know for sure if they pick sixth or seventh after the pre-lottery positioning draw April 29.

Eighth place has a 9.9% shot at the top three; ninth place is worse with a 6.1% chance; 10th has a 4% chance; 11th has just a 2.1% chance.

According to Tankathon, the Wolves have a 43.6% chance to stay at No. 6 and a 33.1% chance to get the seventh pick.

This year's draft is considered a deep draft.

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