TFD: A look back at the Wolves' drafts from 2009-2012 under the now-fired David Kahn

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • May 2, 2013 - 4:29 PM


David Kahn is out. Flip Saunders is in. Whether you like the move or not (and most of you like it, we are quite sure) ... whether you thought Kahn put together a good roster for 2012-13 and was unlucky with injuries (a fair point) ... a team's personnel boss is generally judged by how he drafts. Rick Spielman is being lauded for his work with the Vikings. Kahn? Well, let's take a look back at his final record running four drafts with the Wolves:


2009: Had the No. 5, No. 6, No. 18 and No. 28 picks in the first round along with No. 45 and No. 47 in the second round.

* Chose Ricky Rubio with the No. 5 pick; after two years, Rubio came to the Wolves and has been as advertised. This remains Kahn's biggest draft hit. At No. ... Took Jonny Flynn at No. 6. This became his biggest draft miss. Flynn is no longer in the NBA and was basically given away by the Wolves, while the No. 7 pick -- Steph Curry -- has flourished as the sharpshooter the Wolves have sorely lacked. ... Took Ty Lawson at No. 18 for Denver, to whom he was traded. Lawson is a very nice NBA player. In return for him, Kahn got the No. 16 pick in the 2010 draft, which he flipped for Martell Webster, who is no longer here. ... No. 28 was Wayne Ellington, a useful rotation player who was eventually swapped for Dante Cunningham, another useful rotation player. ... No. 45 was Nick Calathes, who has not yet made his way to the NBA. Same with No. 47, Henk Norel.

2010: Chose Wes Johnson No. 4 overall, continuing the curse of 'Cuse that started with Flynn. Johnson was a shooter who couldn't shoot and is no longer here. ... The No. 16 pick was part of the Webster trade, which came up largely empty. ... The No. 23 and No. 56 picks were swapped with Washington for 30th pick Lazar Hayward and 35th pick Nemanja Bjelica, neither of whom made an impact. ... No. 45 pick Paulão Prestes is another Euro who hasn't played in the NBA (yet).

2011: Chose Derrick Williams No. 2 overall. The jury is out on Williams, who put up better numbers in his second season after Kevin Love was injured but must prove long-term that he can defend and score as a small forward. In fairness, there is no player chosen after him that immediately jumps out as a massive what-if. What happened at No. 20 is complicated, so we'll let Wiki handle it: The Houston Rockets acquired Jonny Flynn, the draft rights to 20th pick Donatas Motiejūnas and a 2012 second-round draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Brad Miller, the draft rights to 23rd pick Nikola Mirotić, 38th pick Chandler Parsons and a future first-round draft pick. The Rockets then re-acquired the draft rights to Parsons from the Timberwolves in exchange for cash considerations. And then the Wolves traded Mirotic for 28th pick Norris Cole, 43rd pick Malcolm Lee and cash. ... And then Cole was traded for 31st pick Bojan Bogdanović, a 2014 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.

So the Wolves got: Bogdanovic, Miller, Lee, a second-round pick in 2014 and three separate piles of cash. They gave up Flynn, the No. 20 pick and Parsons, a very useful player, among other things. This did not work out too well.

2012: Traded the No. 18 overall pick -- part of the haul from the Al Jefferson trade -- for Chase Budinger, who was hurt during his one season with Minnesota and is now an unrestricted free agent. ... Took Robbie Hummel with the No. 58 pick, a feel-good story but a player with major injury history.

SUMMARY: Kahn was pretty good at stockpiling picks. He was mediocre-to-bad at using them. End of story.

BONUS: Here is a link to NEVER RELEASED AUDIO from an exchange we had with Kahn during a reporter roundtable prior to the 2010 draft. It's about point guards.

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