Timberwolves land No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: August 21, 2020 01:16 PM
Created: August 20, 2020 04:35 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night ended up with the top overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

D'Angelo Russell represented the team — which entered the night tied for the best odds at landing the first overall pick (14%) — in the virtual draft lottery.

Click here to watch Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas video conference with media after his team won the NBA Draft Lottery

"We couldn't be more pleased to land the first overall pick in this year's draft, marking only the second time in franchise history," said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas. "We are excited for the possibilities ahead of us to bring in a high caliber player now that we secured the first overall selection. As a front office, we are proud of what we've built here in Minnesota so far and we are looking forward to continuing to build upon that foundation in this year's draft. We know with the number one pick we have the opportunity to draft an impact player who could immediately complement our young, strong core in All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns and All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell. The front office and I are prepared to get right to work with this new component for the draft and we're confident we will be able to bring energy and excitement to our fanbase with our next moves."

"I'm glad I could represent for the state of Minnesota at the draft lottery the same way we plan to show out for our fans when we get back on the court," said Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell. "The number one pick is exciting to have, it makes me think back to when Karl and I got drafted 1,2 in the 2015 draft. There's so much buzz and energy during the draft as a player and I really look forward to seeing what Gersson and the front office will do to build upon our 2020-21 roster with this pick. I know we're ready to compete and I can't wait to see who joins us next."

The Timberwolves also own the No. 17 overall pick, which originally belonged to Brooklyn and was acquired by the Timberwolves from Atlanta before the 2019-20 trade deadline, and the No. 33 overall pick (No. 3 in the second round).

The NBA Draft is set for Oct. 16.

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