When the Minnesota Timberwolves took their back-to-back lottery picks last night in the 2009 NBA Draft, I didn't think much about the selection of Jonny Flynn.
Admittedly, I was under the influence of mass media, attempting to project where Stephen Curry would go.
And it was through the Curry lens that I was viewing the draft. I didn't think much of Minnesota passing on Curry for any other reason than I expected him to fall into the seven to 10 (really, seven to eight) range, which he did.
The Timberwolves seemed to covet Rubio, but it was far from a lock that he would fall that far.
Once he did, however, how could the Wolves not jump at the chance to pair this draft's best passer with its best shooter?
My only thought that cropped up when Flynn was selected was, "Hmm, two point guards. Must be a trade brewing." If the Minnesota brass is to be believed, that is not the case.
As time has passed, I've found it more and more difficult to wrap my head around Minnesota's choices.
The point has been made repeatedly and I have no choice but to echo the consensus. These guys can't play together. If Flynn and Rubio end up in the same backcourt, it won't matter who Minnesota's coach is, because his tenure will be exceedingly short.
It seems unlikely the combination would be successful on the court, and it seems equally unlikely it would be palatable to either player—particularly Rubio. He could opt to remain in Spain for a few years if he is unhappy with Minnesota's situation.
Falling in love with two point guards is one thing, but taking both of them is hard to explain.
The Timberwolves are now a team with decreased financial flexibility—two point guards, two power forwards, and no coach. There has to be another step to this plan.