I was shooting around with some buddies the other day, and my friend, Damon asked me who I thought the Timberwolves best draft pick of all time (other than Kevin Garnett) was. I cringed because the answers that came to mind were either not to impressive or had been traded away soon after the draft. I really didn’t have a definite answer for him. So, instead of dwelling any further on how horrible this season was for the Timberwolves, I want to look at another longer skid-mark on the inside of the underpants of this franchise, their draft history, and see if I can’t come up with an answer to my friend’s question.
This is the list I’ll be looking at in reference: http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/wolves/draft.html
At a glance, that list is pretty awful. Especially when you take Garnett (because he doesn’t count here), Ray Allen, O.J. Mayo, Ricky Rubio, Ty Lawson, and Brandon Roy (because for one reason or another, none of those players have played a game in a Timberwolves jersey. BUT, there were 3 seasons (2000-2002) where we only had 1 second round pick each year because of the Joe Smith fiasco. Not that isn’t the Wolves fault as well (though I think David Stern’s punishment was a bit harsh). The best names left on that list (in my opinion, obviously) are Wally Szczerbiak, Isiah Rider, Pooh Richardson, and Doug West. Despite Wally Z somehow snagging an all-star spot one year, I like Richardson and West, but West was a T-wolf for a long time and was selected in the second round with the 38th pick. Based on pure value, you can’t argue with the Doug west pick, but if you want to take it a step further, you could say that both the Ray Allen and 9probably more-so) the O.J. Mayo picks weren’t terrible because for Allen we got Marbury (before he developed a taste for Vaseline, and for Mayo we of course got Kevin Love. So in that sense you could argue that Mayo was our best pick, aside from Garnett ,of all time as well.