NBA Draft Notes 27 Jun 13

Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders says he is fielding phone calls from teams around the league and he’s making a few himself.  The Wolves are getting ready for this evening’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn.  Saunders says there is a possibility the team would trade the No. 9 overall selection with other assets in order to move a few spots in the draft.  Saunders has made it no secret that he’d like to add a player who can shoot from the outside and also defend the outside.  Heading into tonight, Minnesota has four selections in the two-round draft, including the No. 9 and No. 26 overall choices. The draft is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. 

 Cavaliers Hold Top Pick In Tonight’s NBA Draft 

The NBA Draft takes place tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  The Cleveland Cavaliers have the top pick after winning last month’s NBA Draft Lottery.  Kentucky center Nerlens Noel is a possibility to go first overall and says he’s eager for the draft to begin.  The Orlando Magic finished with the worst record this past season at 20-and-62, but wound up with the second overall selection.  The Washington Wizards will pick third, followed by the Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns.  Among the other top players available in this year’s talent pool are Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo [[ oh-luh-DEE-poh ]], Georgetown small forward Otto Porter and Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore. 

 Minnesotans Hoping To Hear Name 

Two Golden Gopher basketball players, a Roseville native, a St. Cloud native, and a Princeton native are among a handful of college basketball stars hoping to hear their names announced at tonight’s NBA Draft.  Roseville’s Mike Muscala [[ musk-all-uh ]] played college basketball at Bucknell and is projected to be a possible first-round pick.  South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters of St. Cloud will likely get drafted tonight after dominating play for the Jackrabbits the past three years.  There’s a chance he could be a first-round selection. Meanwhile, Trevor Mbakwe [[ em-BOCK-way ]] of St. Paul and Rodney Williams of Minneapolis — both former Gopher basketball standouts — are projected to be possible second-round choices.  Princeton’s Jared Berrgren, who played hoops at Wisconsin, has an outside shot to get drafted, but most likely will be a free agent acquisition for some team after the draft.