For all the griping (most of it legitimate) Minnesota Timberwolves fans have done about team management over the last few years, especially when it comes to drafting Jonny Flynn and Wesley Johnson, the organization has had a few solid draft picks since its inception in 1989.
After locking up Nikola Pekovic to a five-year, $60 million deal, the Wolves have three homegrown players—Pekovic, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio—who are expected to bring a championship to Minnesota (a notion that, admittedly, was laughable not too long ago).
There are other players the Wolves have drafted who should contribute next season. Derrick Williams and Shabazz Muhammad possess an incredible amount of talent, and Corey Brewer is back for another go-round.
The team has also drafted Isaiah Rider, who provided some excitement early in the team’s history, Wally Szczerbiak and Kevin Garnett—the Timberwolves’ first bona fide franchise player.
Not included in this list are players who were drafted and immediately traded away like Ray Allen or Brandon Roy (take a minute to wipe away the tears, I know I did) or guys like Luc Longley who had most of their success in another city. On the other hand, players traded for on draft day are included (believe it or not, Randy Foye doesn’t make this list...).
Who is the best draft pick in Wolves history? Hint: First name may or may not be Kevin.