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NBA Mock Draft: Before Lottery, Dion Waiters Projected For Wolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves pick won't change following the results of Wednesday night's lottery. The 2012 NBA mock drafts will still probably be altered following the "random" results, however, so it makes sense to check in on the climate before potential mayhem happens at the top of the draft.

The Timberwolves hold two picks in the Draft - Nos. 18 and 58 -- and while the latter pick isn't likely to be effected by a shakeup in the top half of the draft, the players available at 18 could potentially change based on team needs (and where said teams are selecting). Prior to the lottery, though, the Wolves look to be in prime position to get a pretty solid pick.

According to the experts over at Draft Express, that pick will be another wing player from the Syracuse Orange basketball team as Dion Waiters is currently slotted with Minnesota. DX's most recent write-up on the 6-foot-4 guard is pretty promising.

Looking forward, Waiters brings an interesting package of skills to the table along with a good amount of untapped potential. His style of play should seemingly translate well in a combo guard role off the bench as a sparkplug transition and pick and roll scorer who can defend multiple positions, which every NBA team seems to have at least one of these days.

Would getting a better Syracuse player to play the two-guard make everyone forget how bad Wesley Johnson was this season? Maybe not ... but it certainly shouldn't hurt.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus. You can also check out professional basketball news from around the league over at SB Nation's NBA page.

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