Timberwolves General Manager David Khan confuses me.
If you give a team three first-round picks, including two picks in the top ten, it’s nearly guarantee that that team will find a way to dramatically improve itself. This league is built on star-power: if you have two to three exceptional players coupled with supplemental role players that is usually enough to be very competitive. And what better way to turn your franchise around with young, talented players than getting three first round picks?
But I come away from this offseason thinking that the T-Wolves certainly made themselves younger, but not necessarily that much better in the short-term or in the long-term. They give away basically all their veteran guards in Mike Miller, Randy Foye, and Sebastian Telfair and gain only overpaid journeyman Quentin Richardson (who by the way, nobody seems to want nowadays).
They draft two consecutive point guards, one of which doesn’t even know if he’ll be able to play this year OR next year and hope that the two can co-exist and play together in an extremely undersized line-up. They have virtually no veteran help, and their best player Al Jefferson is coming off of ACL surgery.
Listen, I love Johnny Flynn I think he has the kind of upside to turn into the next Chris Paul...eventually. But I’m not sold on Ricky Rubio even if he does figure out a way to play this year. He’s got great playmaking ability but he’s not a lights out shooter. He was never a great scorer even in the European leagues, and he certainly doesn’t have the quickness or athleticism to match-up with most of the point guards in the NBA. Yes, he’s only 18 and he has time to grow, but there are a lot of red flags and I’m not sold on all the hype.
David Kahn how did you honestly manage to NOT make this team pretty good with three 1st-round picks...how? I’m not even from Minnesota and this bothers me.