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NBA Mock Draft: Lottery Results Move Austin Rivers To Minnesota

The 2012 NBA Draft lottery results probably aren't going to make anyone happy knowing that the New Orleans Hornets, who beat the odds, also own the Minnesota Timberwolves' tenth overall draft pick. Considering Minnesota eventually ended up with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio following that trade, however, let's all just look forward to what the Wolves do have by way of ESPN's updated NBA mock draft.

The Wolves will be on the clock with the No. 18 pick, barring any trades, and should have plenty of options available to them at that slot. Chad Ford sees the best available option being Austin Rivers, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and former standout guard for the Duke Blue Devils.

The Wolves' biggest need is at the 2 and Rivers could be a great get here. He can really shoot the basketball and has a killer crossover. He's going to have to get comfortable playing off the ball, but playing with Ricky Rubio could really help his game.

It seems a shooting guard is going to be the pick -- which is obviously the team's biggest need -- and Rivers probably wouldn't be a bad idea. In fact, playing off of Rubio, anybody that can score better than Wesley Johnson wouldn't be a bad idea.

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