A few months into the season and the big debate that occurred on draft day regarding the Timberwolves has been pushed aside in favor of more current topics. Still, Minnesota is struggling at 3-17 while their top draft pick is playing bacll in Spain, and their other top pick is being overshadowed by a player selected lower in the draft. Timberwolves GM David Kahn answered some questions about their highly publicized draft for Hoops World. This comment stood out:
“I felt then, as I feel now, (drafting Rubio) was the best thing for us to do in terms of our long-term future,” Kahn asserted. “The only other choice that could have been made, I felt, at that moment… well, there were two others. We could have done Stephen Curry, and we were considering DeMar DeRozan. Stephen, as you know, was also a point guard, so there was sort of the same issue there. DeMar is a wing who I think has a lot of talent and a really bright future, but at the end of the day I really felt that for our future Rubio was the best pick. And I knew that he probably wasn’t going to come right away. I was told that morning that it was going to be at least a year. Even with the wait, we thought it was the best thing for us to do. I surely do feel the same way today.”
Kahn may remain confident that this was the right move but I still have several questions. For one, you can start with his choice of Jonny Flynn 6th overall. I’m still not convinced Ty Lawson or Brandon Jennings aren’t better point guards and both were available. Next, it’s not like they used a late second round pick on Rubio and stashed him away in Europe for a few years the way the Spurs did with Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola. This was a high profile top-five pick and the Timberwolves desperately needed to turn their franchise around. I really don’t think they could afford to wait on Rubio and get nothing out of the pick, especially considering they traded away Mike Miller and Randy Foye for the extra selection. I realize things would look better for Minnesota if they had Al Jefferson and Kevin Love healthy this whole time, but imagine them with Brandon Jennings and Steph Curry on their team instead of Jonny Flynn. It’s too early to say they got the draft flat out wrong, but I know they could have done better.
via The Baseline