Johnny Flynn and Ricky Rubio Analysis: Why Two Point Guards Was the Way To Go

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJune 26, 2009

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I have said it time and time again: I just knew that Ricky Rubio would be in a Timberwolves uniform. The Timberwolves had the No. 5 and No. 6 picks in the 2009 draft.

Sure enough, they picked Rubio, the ace point guard from Spain, with the fifth pick.

With the sixth pick, the Timberwolves picked Johnny Flynn...ANOTHER POINT GUARD!

What in the world is David Kahn thinking? I cannot express the disgust of my first thought when I heard Johnny Flynn's name called. Do not get me wrong, I like Johnny Flynn a lot, but wow! We got rid of Randy Foye who's a point guard/shooting guard. I would assume that after drafting our point guard for the future, that we would draft a player at another position.

Now that I have sat and thought about what has actually happened and the decision does not seem that bad too me. Naturally, David Kahn would have to say something like "I do think that these two can play together on the same court, at the same time." What in the world? Ricky Rubio is a big point guard, something that everybody wants. Johnny Flynn is a small explosive point guard, who can really score.

There are many options and scenarios going through my head. The only logical possibilities of the Flynn and Rubio picks are:

  1. Rubio Starting At PG, and Flynn At SG.
  2. Rubio Starting At PG, and Flynn As Backup PG, and Trade Telfair
  3. Flynn Starting At PG, and Rubio As SG
  4. Flynn Starting At PG, and Rubio As Backup PG, and Trade Telair
  5. Trade Flynn For Some Shooting Guards in Draft Or Veteran SG's
  6. Trade Rubio For SG's in Draft or Veteran SG's.

The only logical ones I think David Kahn would do are numbers two and five. Rubio cannot shoot right now, and he's better with the ball in his hands. Flynn is a scorer, but would get ran over due to his height, which makes in incapable of playing shooting guard.

At the fifth pick, everyone knew that Johnny Flynn was capable of being taken at No. 4.  I see David Kahn just picking Johnny Flynn simply because he was the best available. I see a lot of teams interested in Johnny Flynn, so I cannot imagine David Kahn holding on to both point guards. I do think that if one of them has to be traded, it would be Johnny Flynn, due to the fact that he was chosen second.


Why Drafting Both Was a Brilliant Idea

Let's go outside the box here, and let's look at the roster. Without Rubio and Flynn, the Wolves would have a backcourt of Sebastian Telfair, and Bobby Brown. Yeah.. Did you forget Randy Foye and Mike Miller was traded? Sebastian is 6'0'' and Bobby Brown is 6'2''. Rodney Carney might not be back, and we don't know how Corey Brewer is going to fare.

I'm sorry but it really just seems like the right thing to do. What were we going to do, draft Jordan Hill? We have too many forwards as it is! Getting Derozan at 6 would be utterly stupid, when we could get another talented point guard. I believe the T'Wolves would have taken Jennings before they taken Derozan.

Flynn and Rubio obviously were the top 2 on their draft boards...And they got the top 2 on their draft boards...You see where I'm going with this? When does a team have their top 2 picks in the top 10, actually selected? I'm not saying that they are going to play these two side by side or anything, I don't know yet. But all I'm saying is when you draft someone who can be the future franchise player of your organization, you take the best player available for your next pick, all the time, EVERYTIME.

It really compels me to think that these two could cease to exist, but as Rubio has stated, he wants to play a lot of minutes right now. I see Flynn being the backup if he is kept. I really see Flynn as being someone that is going to be traded for one or maybe even two players, maybe some sharpshooters, or maybe a veteran SG.

The next few days will be decisive and informative, I just hope that the Wolves don't trade away any possible future franchise players named Ricky Rubio. Though I seriously doubt David Kahn will, after giving up Foye and Miller, and really...truthfully, I think he likes his job so far...