Timberwolves win Pistons Minnesota has less chance to pick first-round draft pick
The Timberwolves and Pistons played in one of the most important games in the NBA on Tuesday. That’s strange to say about the game that had no effect on the playoffs, but it did have a big impact on the 2021 NBA draft.
When they started the game on Tuesday, the Pistons and Timberwolves met between five teams in the 2021 NBA Draft lottery among the teams with a chance of getting a second-best test. After the Wolves outscored the Pistons 119-100, they went to the Detroit driver’s seat to make that distinction, while Minnesota is closer to the sixth-best test among the top three.
This drives the Timberwolves trend and is worrisome. On the one hand, they are winning games, which will definitely help their youngsters because they want to become a knockout team next season.
On the other hand, it will cost them a shot when they choose the first round playoffs this year.
If the Timberwolves can’t secure a pick in the top three in the 2021 NBA Draft, their pick will go to the Warriors when the two sides involved in the D’Angelo Russell-Andrew Wiggins trade agreed before the 2020 trade deadline. Not having these assets can prevent their potential reconstruction.
Once upon a time, it seemed like the conclusion was that the Wolves would be among the worst teams in the NBA and would end up with a great chance among the top three. But in recent weeks, they’ve completely changed their game in the NBA lottery hunt while other teams are stepping up their efforts.
In fact ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry reported that Timberwolve has had the second-highest increase in transportation since the NBA’s Star Break. There are only Mavericks ahead. Meanwhile, some cisterns – especially the Thunder, Rockets and Magic – have hit rock bottom.
In particular, the Timberwolves had a good result in the last 10 games, going 6-4. Meanwhile, no other team with a six-point record in the NBA had a better mark than 3-7 in that span. And some have been lost for a long time; for example, the Cavaliers have 11 games, with no sign of an upward trend.
Therefore, it seems that the Wolves may be on their way to play to choose the draft of the first return. If they finish with the sixth best lottery test, they will have a 27.6% chance of maintaining the selection. If they continue to lose and get the second best lottery, their chances would improve to 40.1 percent.
A selection of the top three would not be guaranteed in any scenario, but it could certainly be argued that a loss at the end of the year could do more to help rebuild Minnesota. In the eyes of Wolves coach Chris Finch, winning will be worth it as he wants to establish a winning culture with the team’s highly talented young team.
“Winning is so much more fun,” Finch said before the Timberwolves-Pistons game Rod Beard of Detroit News. “So when it’s fun to win, it’s a lot easier to reinforce what you’ve been trying to sell, because the boys can see that it works a little bit.”