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Minnesota Timberwolves Take 2nd In 2011 NBA Draft Lottery

The Minnesota Timberwolves went in with the best odds to win the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery and, as luck would have it, came out with the second pick in this year's Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers took top honors while the Utah Jazz also moved into the top three for the June 23 draft.

With that pick, the Wolves will now have a choice to make between selecting either Duke's Kyrie Irving or Arizona's Derrick Williams (whichever player the Cavs don't pick) or a candidate that surprises everyone in the pre-draft workouts.

The Wolves also have the 20th pick, for those that weren't aware, but the top pick is obviously the one that everyone was worried about heading into Tuesday night.

With the pick, the Wolves now will have to make a decision on whether or not they think Ricky Rubio is coming over from Spain, whether Williams is worth selecting after using a top-5 pick on Wesley Johnson last season and whether the player will need to be able to play in Kurt Rambis's triangle offense.

Either way, since the Wolves didn't somehow end up with the fourth pick, today wasn't too bad of a day to be a fan of Minnesota basketball.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.