The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Kevin Garnett with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 draft. This is one of the few times they've made a pick that made sense since I have been a fan of my beloved T'Wolves.
In 1996, they first selected shooting guard Ray Allen out of Connecticut. This looked like it would be a good year right away. But then they decided to trade him for point guard Stephon Marbury, trying to give KG a dynamic point guard so they would be a great duo.
They were a great duo—for two and a half seasons. The Wolves traded away Marbury just as soon as he hit his stride in the NBA. Two perennial All-Stars and MVP candidates, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, were taken later in the first round.
In 1997, they selected Paul Grant. I'm not exactly sure what he does now, but his career numbers as a power forward are not stellar (1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds). Stephen Jackson and Bobby Jackson were still on the board at this time.
The following draft they selected Rasho Nesterovic over Al Harrington, Rashard Lewis, and Cuttino Mobley. Rasho has been named by many NBA analysts as one of the worst centers in the NBA every year. Al Harrington has been an improving Power Forward since he's been in the NBA, and Rashard Lewis has All-Star level talent.
The 1999 draft; this one stings. Wally Szczerbiak is selected tenth overall. Later that round: Richard Hamilton, Andre Miller, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, Corey Maggette, and Andrei Kirilenko were selected. In the second round they chose Louis Bullock. I don't think Bullock ever saw the floor. Manu Ginobili was taken later on that round.
In the 2000, 2001, and 2002 draft the Timberwolves didn't get any first round picks because they signed Joe Smith to an illegal contract, so not even they could screw it up. They had late second round picks each time and none of the players selected would have mattered.
In 2003, one of the deepest drafts ever, they selected Ndudi Ebi from Westbury Christian School with the 26th overall pick. Two picks later the Phoenix Suns selected Leandro Barbosa. Right after Barbosa, the Mavericks went with ACC Player of the Year Josh Howard. Two All-Stars right in their grasp.
In 2004 they held the second to last pick as this was the last year of the 5 year first round pick ban. They received the Ebi pick due to a trade.
2005 was when things started to look up for fans of the Timberwolves. They picked Junior guard Rashad McCants out of the University of North Carolina. He was the right man at the time, and if he continues to develop could be quite a steal for Minnesota.
In 2006 they selected Brandon Roy only to trade him to Portland for Randy Foye. Now I know they are both still young but as soon as they traded Roy, I was upset. Roy was the NBA Rookie of the Year, and this year should be on his way to the All-Star game. He is also on his way to lead Portland to the playoffs without number one overall pick Greg Oden. Foye still has time to develop and prove to the fans why he was traded for Roy.
The 2007 draft brought in Corey Brewer from the University of Florida. I liked this pick a lot, and it's far too early to tell who is going to develop. The Timberwolves currently have a record of 8-36 which means, yes, they are worse then the Miami Heat.
They should have one of the top two picks in the draft after the lottery the way this season is going. This means there is going to be a good chance of Minnesota selecting a great superstar for the future.
However with the team’s youth and potential, I wouldn't be disappointed if they traded the pick for an established star already. We will have to see when the season reaches a close.