On the eve of the NBA Draft, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some the great moments in Wolves draft history. Sure, I guess the words "great" and "draft" are hardly ever used when referencing a Wolves draft, but I thought it would be fun to go back and look at the good, but mostly not so good moments in Wolves draft history.
If a six-overtime game performance and a smile were needs to fill on an NBA roster, the Wolves hit the jackpot in 2008 when they decided to pass on current Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and take Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn. Flynn played only two seasons with the Wolves before being dealt to the Houston Rockets. Two years later, Flynn was out of the NBA and now currently playing NBL in Australia. During his NBA career, Flynn averaged 9.2 points and 3.9 assists to go along with his 40% field goal percentage. Arguably, one of the most frustrating and mind-boggling selections in recent Wolves draft history. Thanks, Kahn!
The next great moment in Wolves draft history transpired 10 years ago today when the Wolves selected a forward out of Westbury Christian High School out of Houston, Texas. Take it away Mr. Stern.
What makes the Doody -err, I mean Ndudi Ebi pick so memorable is just that. Watching David Stern butcher his name is a classic.
The pick that put Wolves basketball on the map and made them relevant in the league for a decade came with the fifth overall pick in the 1995 draft. With the No. 5 pick, the Wolves took something called Kevin Garnett, a high school player out of the Chicago area. As we all know, "the big ticket" is the best player to ever put on a Wolves uniform and was arguably one of the best players of his time. KG was a 10-time All-Star with the Wolves and was the league MVP in 2004, a year in which he lead the Wolves to the Western Conference Finals -- their deepest playoff run in franchise history. Garnett was eventually traded to Boston in 2007. One can't argue that Garnett is the greatest draft selection in Wolves history.
Tomorrow, Flip will try to change the fortunes in the Wolves torturous draft history. Lets hope he takes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.