Wolves’ recent draft disasters
Derrick Williams (below)
Drafted: Second overall out of Arizona in 2011.
As a Wolf: It took the team two-plus seasons to decide the college standout plays the same position as star Kevin Love, a “stretch” power forward spot, after an experiment at small forward in Rick Adelman’s system failed.
Traded: On Tuesday to Sacramento for veteran Luc Mbah a Moute.
Since the trade: He ate breakfast Tuesday and flew west for a physical examination with his new team.
Drafted: Fourth overall out of Syracuse in 2010.
As a Wolf: Athletic shooter didn’t make many of them during two disappointing seasons, especially considering he was taken six slots before Indiana took Paul George 10th overall.
Traded: Sent to Phoenix with the team’s 2014 protected first-round pick so the Suns would take on Johnson’s contract and the Wolves could then sign free agent Andrei Kirilenko.
Since the trade: He’s starting at small forward for the Lakers on a minimum-scale contract after a ho-hum season with Phoenix last year.
Drafted: Sixth overall out of Syracuse in 2009, one pick after the Wolves selected Ricky Rubio.
As a Wolf: Then-GM David Kahn was smitten by Flynn’s “charisma,” but a hip injury limited him to only 134 games played during two seasons with the franchise.
Traded: Packaged to Houston with the 20th overall pick and a second-rounder in a complicated series of 2011 draft-night moves that brought the team cash, now-gone Malcolm Lee and rookie Gorgui Dieng.
Since the trade: Signed with team in China this fall but was soon cut because of that hip injury.
|Real Salt Lake||2|
|(7) Florida State||74||FINAL|
|(3) South Carolina||80|
|(2) Notre Dame||77|