With their 108-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns tonight in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Timberwolves have moved percentage points ahead of. . .or behind, depending on your perspective. . .the Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst record in the NBA.
As of this moment in time, the Timberwolves have a record of 17-62, a .215 winning percentage. The Cavaliers have played one fewer game, and currently have a record of 17-61, a winning percentage of .218.
Let this sink in for a second.
The 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves have a worse record than a team that, earlier this season, lost twenty-six consecutive games.
The 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves have a worse record than the team that set the NBA record for the longest losing streak in in the history of the league.
The Timberwolves have lost their last 12 games, and finish the season with contests against the Denver Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns, and the Houston Rockets. The Wolves are a combined 1-7 against those three teams, so there's a good chance that they'll finish the season with 15 straight losses.
Having the worst record in the NBA means that the Timberwolves would also have the best chance to win the NBA Draft Lottery. . .or, in Wolves' parlance, it means they'll select fourth overall.