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Minnesota would love for Joakim Noah to be wearing a Wolves jersey.
Ndudi Ebi, Rashard McCants, Randy Foye, Kevin Love, Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer
The only reason Minnesota does not take the top spot here is because the haven not had as many opportunities to blow it due to league punishment for an under-the-table agreement with Joe Smith which cost them four first round picks in the early 2000’s.
Also, to their credit, they did get it right on draft day in 2009, trading O.J. Mayo for rebounding machine Kevin Love. That’s about all they have gotten right, however.
In 2003, the T-Wolves took a high-school senior by the name of Ndudi Edi with the 26th pick. There is not crime whiffing on a late first-rounder, but consider the three players taken after: Kendrick Perkins, Leandro Barbosa and ACC player of the year, Josh Howard.
They selected Rashard McCants in ’05, passing on Danny Granger and David Lee. In ’06, they seemed to get it right, taking Brandon Roy at No. 6, but quickly traded him to Portland for Randy Foye.
More futility followed in 2007 where they chose Corey Brewer over Joakim Noah. Noah was being considered as a possible top pick candidate one year prior but slipped when he decided to return to school.
The 2009 draft was a complete disaster. With a remarkable four first round picks, Minnesota brass select Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn with picks five and six. Both point guards, all assumed one would be traded, with Rubio saying that he would rather stay in Europe than play for Minny.
A trade never materialized. Rubio is still in Spain and Flynn has not been the answer.
Curiously enough, the Timberwolves selected another point at No. 18. Ty Lawson, to this point seems to be the best of the bunch. Unfortunately, they shipped him to Denver, where he quickly became their starting lead guard in waiting.
The jury is still out on 2010 selection, Wes Johnson, but he struggled mightily attempting to play off guard this year and it appears Minnesota may draft over him this year by taking Arizona forward Derrick Williams.