The Splash Brothers didn't have to happen. David Kahn didn't have to happen. Jonny Flynn didn't have to happen.
Steph Curry to the Minnesota Timberwolves should have happened.
But it didn't.
Really, it still doesn't make much sense why GM Kahn would have passed over Curry during his now-infamous 2009 point guard binge draft, even if he clearly had a sick infatuation during his first-ever NBA draft, selecting four lead guards overall and three in the first round.
Ricky Rubio? Great idea, even if the Wolves had to wait two years before the floppy-haired passing maestro finally came ashore. It's been worth the wait: He's one of the most fun players to watch and one of the easiest to root for. It was obvious even back then that this would be the case.
Ty Lawson? Yeah, he's a fantastic driver and scoring guard that got away, but he wouldn't have worked with Rubio (for the same reasons Flynn wouldn't). Plus, it's always been understood that Kahn was selecting Lawson for the Denver Nuggets anyways in exchange for a future pick. At least that's what he's always wanted us to believe (I think).
But Jonny Flynn? It just doesn't make any sense! He NEVER could have played next to Ricky Rubio, despite what Kahn always wanted us to believe.
Flynn was too small and had a skill set based on collegiate-level speed and athleticism. He couldn't shoot. His over-dribbling didn't fit Kurt Rambis' Triangle Offense pipe dream, his first season was an exercise in halfway respectable totals masking general inefficiency and he was in the doghouse by year two.
Oh, and he was out of the league by year three. Never good for the No. 6 pick in any draft, much less the one who comes before the guy who could have vaulted Minny into the playoffs long ago.
On the other hand, Curry actually could play both positions, (but was still technically a point guard: a HUGE must-have for Kahn, apparently), was a shooter and had an overall skill set inversely proportional to Rubio's (or even Lawson's).
The rest is ignominious history.
Curry and Lawson will be All-Stars very soon. Rubio will also be as soon as he's consistently healthy (with or without a greatly improved jumper).
Health-be-damned, the shooting-starved Wolves could have trotted out a starting lineup of Rubio, Curry, Andrei Kirilenko, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic last year and variations of it for the previous two. Curry also could have run the point for 2009-2011 while Minny waited for Rubio to come over.
Nope. Instead, Flynn and Kahn are mercifully out of a job, but the Wolves are still out of the playoffs while Curry, the greatest shooter of the next generation, is in another uniform.
-Writeup courtesy of Joel C. Cordes, @bball_joel