The Minnesota Timberwolves have made a lot of mistakes over the years, but it seems that lately they have been getting their act together.
With the addition of Kris Dunn, the Timberwolves are looking to make themselves playoff contenders within the next few years. Although the Timberwolves lineup is young, there is so much untapped potential within their lineup.
The high-flyer Zach Lavine, the beast in the paint Karl-Anthony Towns, and the man on a mission Andrew Wiggins, the Timberwolves are starting to knock on the door of the playoffs.
But the Timberwolves have not had the best draft history in the NBA. Let’s take a look at some of their worst years in the drafts.
5. NBA Draft 2013
The Timberwolves drafted Trey Burke at 9th overall but then traded him to the Jazz for Shabazz Muhammad (14th overall). So far Muhammad has not met the expectations because of a finger injury that kept him out of part of his sophomore season and a behavioral issue that kept him out of part of his rookie season. Muhammad has averaged 9.3 and 2.9 rebounds so far in his time with the Wolves.
Honorable Mention: CJ McCollum (10th overall) and Steven Adams (12th overall)
Steal of the draft: Rudy Gobert (27th overall)
Who they should have drafted: Giannis Antetokounmpo (15th overall). Giannis is such a versatile player. He has a huge wingspan (7’3 to be exact), and that helps him be such a good defender. He can drive to the paint and has a nice mid-range shot. There is no comparison between Giannis and Muhammad.
4. NBA Draft 2010
Wesley Johnson was selected with the 4th overall pick in the draft. Johnson played 2 season with the Timberwolves, and average mediocre numbers for how high he was drafted. Johnson averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in Minnesota.
Honorable mention: DeMarcus Cousins (5th overall) and Eric Bledsoe (18th overall)
Steal of the draft: Hassan Whiteside (33rd overall)
Who they should have drafted:Paul George (10th overall). Paul George is a superstar. Not only does he play the same position as Wesley Johnson, but he is better in every aspect of the game. While Paul George did suffer that horrific leg injury with the 2014 USA basketball team, he has recovered nicely and looks to be on pace to be in the MVP conversation early on in the season.
3. NBA Draft 2006
The Timberwolves drafted Brandon Roy (6th overall), but then traded him to the Portland Trailblazers for Randy Foye (7th overall). While Randy Foye did have a respectable career in Minnesota, he was later dealt to Washington. He averaged 13.2 points and 3 assists per game in his 3-year tenure up in the Mid-West.
Honorable Mentions: Rudy Gay (8th overall) and Rajon Rondo (21st overall)
Steal of the Draft: Paul Millsap (47th overall)
Who they should have drafted: Kyle Lowry (24th overall). Kyle Lowry adds the superstar point guards that teams need. And a pick-and-roll between Kevin Garnett and Kyle Lowry would have been a serious threat. Not only can Kyle Lowry drive to the paint, but he can spread the floor with the 3-point threat.
2. NBA Draft 2011
With the 2nd overall pick in the draft, the Timberwolves thought it would be a good idea to draft Derrick Williams. Oy Vey. Derrick Williams failed to reach the expectations that were set for him in Minnesota. He averaged 9.6 points along with 4.8 rebounds with the Timberwolves. With so much other talent in this draft, a better argument could have been made to stay away from Derrick Williams.
Honorable Mentions: Jimmy Butler (30th overall) and Klay Thompson (11th)
Steal of the Draft: Isaiah Thomas (60th overall)
Who they should have drafted: Kawhi Leonard (15th overall). Kawhi Leonard is a great player and a superstar. Kawhi is an elite defender with a jump shot that has developed nicely. Starting Kawhi over Michael Beasley would have added a good defensive piece to that lineup.
1. NBA Draft 2009
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Jonny Flynn with the 6th overall pick. Jonny Flynn was selected to the All-Rookie second team at the end of his first season, and then had surgery on his hip and never quite played the same. Jonny average 9.4 points along with 3.9 assists per game with the Wolves.
Honorable Mentions: DeMar DeRozan (9th overall) and Jeff Teague (19th overall)
Steal of the draft: Danny Green (46th overall)
Who they should have drafted: Steph Curry (7th overall). The warriors found a gem here. Steph Curry is an NBA champion and a two-time MVP. Steph Curry could have helped the Timberwolves with his passing and great shooting ability. Who knows what could have been.
While the Timberwolves have not had a good history with their draft picks, they are getting better at their selections and are one of the best young teams in the NBA right now.