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Continued: Souhan: Winners, not Wolves, write draft history

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 22, 2013 - 10:06 AM

2009

The pick: Ricky Rubio at 5 and Jonny Flynn at 6.

The mistake: What’s worse, letting Kahn run the draft, or letting Kahn run the draft before he hired a coach who might veto a stupid move like drafting Flynn instead of Steph Curry (to Golden State at 7)?

Kahn also took Ty Lawson at 18 and traded him to Denver. Rubio and Curry would have become the most entertaining backcourt in the game.

2010

The pick: Wes Johnson at 4.

The mistake: DeMarcus Cousins is 12 kinds of trouble, but he’s an immensely talented and productive center in a league with few of them, and he might have responded well to a gifted, respected coach such as Rick Adelman, or brought value in a trade. Johnson was not, is not and never will be an NBA player. The Pacers took Paul George at 10.

2011

The pick: Derrick Williams at 2.

The mistake: “Mistake” is too strong a word here. It’s bad luck to have the second pick in a weak draft, and Williams’ obvious talent justifies the decision. Taking Klay Thompson at 2 would have felt like a reach at the time — he went to the Warriors at 11 — but he developed into exactly the kind of shooting guard the Wolves need.

2012

The pick: The Wolves did not have a first-rounder.

With a little more insight and luck, the Wolves’ roster could currently contain, along with Rubio and Love, some combination of Gasol, Granger, George, Thompson, Lawson and Cousins.

The Wolves coulda been contenders. Quite easily, really.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. jsouhan@startribune.com

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