Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/26/13
MINNEAPOLIS -- Like so many Minnesota Timberwolves' contests last season, their route in this year's NBA Draft carries an aura of predictability. The franchise's injury woes and shortcomings of 2012-13 rang as apparent as its needs entering Thursday's draft, where the Timberwolves have two picks in each round. The difference: there's hope here, hope that was nowhere to be found with Kevin Love and several of his mates sidelined. Hope that a familiar face can lead a fresh regime to better personnel decisions than his predecessor. Hope that whatever name commissioner David Stern reads off after "with the ninth (probably) pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select" will make a bigger difference than so many squandered selections the past decade. But the draft's as much of a game as the on-court clashes it's meant to populate, and a wide-open field this year only muddies the edges of what seems like a clear picture. "There's good players in this draft," said presi...
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