If the Minnesota Timberwolves are to reverse their fortunes from a year ago, they'll have to do it on their own.
For the 15th time in as many NBA Draft Lottery appearances, the Timberwolves saw a chance at moving up in the order pass them by. They'll pick ninth overall on Thursday, June, 27 -- the same spot their 31-51 had them slotted before Tuesday's lottery in New York.
Their odds of selecting any higher were minute to begin with.
Minnesota, which remained in place for the seventh time, had a 6.11-percent chance to land a top-three pick and only a 1.7-percent chance at No. 1. That slot went to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in three years, followed by Orlando and Washington.
Things could've been worse for the Timberwolves, who had an outside chance to fall as far as the 12th pick. They've dropped at least one spot on eight separate occasions since the Draft Lottery's inception.
In order to try and avoid that scenario again, team representative Kevin Love carried...