To be honest, it’s not really who the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted in determining their five all-time worst college selections, but rather what they did with those draft picks that really got them in trouble.
Yeah, Wesley Johnson and Jonny Flynn look like terrible picks now, but the reason that the Wolves were drafting so high in 2009 and 2010 was because of a plethora of past mistakes.
In 1996 they chose Ray Allen, only to trade him to the Milwaukee Bucks for Stephon Marbury. Allen and Kevin Garnett would end up teaming up to win a championship in Boston while Marbury’s most famous moment is probably recreating The Truman Show with his own his life on Justin.tv. He eventually found his groove in China, but it would have been nice if the Bucks had to deal with that problem and Minnesota still had Allen.
Something like that is easily forgiven if it happens once, but in 2006, the Wolves chose Brandon Roy and traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers for Randy Foye. Roy went on to make an immediate impact with the Trail Blazers, only to return to the Timberwolves with damaged knees. Foye is a decent NBA player, but had nowhere near the impact on the league that Roy had.
To top things off, Kevin McHale’s clandestine deal with Joe Smith cost the team first-round picks in 2001, 2002 and 2004, severely handicapping Minnesota’s ability to build a contending team.
That’s not to say that the Wolves haven’t had their fair share of drafting gaffes. In fact, the top five are quite hilarious.
Players who made this list were chosen based upon their performances in the NBA and who else was available at the time they were drafted.
The list does not include jokers like Michael Olowokandi, Michael Beasley or Darko Milicic, who were drafted too high by somebody else and ended up in a Wolves' uniform. It also does not include bad trades made at the NBA trade deadline.