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2011 NBA Draft Lottery Links And Prospect News For May 18

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The NBA Draft lottery is tonight, the 2011 NBA Draft date is June 23 and Ridiculous Upside's draft coverage is going into high-gear.

Personally, seeing if the Minnesota Timberwolves (the most local team to North Dakotans) are able to hold on to the top pick is most interesting, but the Cleveland Cavaliers also have an interesting story to watch tonight.

As The News-Herald's Bob Finnan points out, the Cavaliers are one of 11 teams in NBA history to have two lottery picks in the same draft. If they're somehow able to pick up the first two picks of the NBA Draft and land, let's say Duke's Kyrie Irving and Arizona's Derrick Williams, tonight could be quite the franchise-changer.

While last night's news (and this morning headlines) are mostly filled with lottery stories, there are a couple of interesting stories out there that don't have to do with tonight's selection of random balls after the jump.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host its (second-annual) NBA Draft workout , as I wrote up for one of my part-time jobs over at SB Nation Minnesota, on May 23 and 24 following the official 2011 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. which Draft Express says will feature Georgia's Travis Leslie, Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, Reggie Jackson from Boston College, Illinois wing Jereme Richmond, Oakland (MI) big man Keith Benson, UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt, Darius Morris from the University of Michigan, Kansas's Markieff Morris and USC's Nikola Vucevic.

One player that won't be in attendance for either of the aforementioned events is Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough. Hansbrough, the brother of Tyler, is currently projected as a mid-second round pick. Unfortunately he won't have a chance to improve that stock much in the coming weeks, however, as the Chicago Tribune is reporting he suffered a badly sprained ankle and will be rehabbing it for the next couple of weeks.

Anything else exciting out there that I missed? Anybody read this far down the page still?