Since joining the Timberwolves, David Kahn has had a mixed history with player personnel decisions. Kahn's moves have been a lot like going to a hole in the wall deli in some out of state destination. You never know what you're going to get, and that diner you found in Cincinnati with the kickass Chili has no positive affect on the crappy tuna sandwich you just choked down in Tulsa. In other words, past performance seems to have little, if anything, to do with future results.
Let's take a look:
Foye and Mike Miller for #5 Draft Pick. Pick unexpectedly turns out to be Rubio. ...You sit down at a diner in the middle of rural Arkansas. You ran out of gas and are starving and only have $11.47 to your name. You order "The Special" not knowing what it is, because it costs $5.99- enough to tip and buy gas to get to civilization. "The Special" turns out to be the most delicious pit barbecue pork sandwich you've ever had, and comes with bottomless sweet tea. You have hit the jackpot at the most unexpected of times and the most unexpected of places, and you paid less than you should have.
Passing up Steph Curry and drafting Jonny Flynn right after Rubio. ...You look at the deserts, see a very tasty-looking apple pie, but you decide to get cute and order the creme brulee, knowing full well that this is an apple pie joint. Creme brulee is undercooked and you get food poisoning. You find out that it was undercooked in the first bite, but you finish the whole thing out of stubbornness and sheer hubris. The apple pie turns out to be award-winning and you missed a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have a really terrific combination in an out of the way spot. The apple pie is subsequently featured on "Diners Drive-ins and Dives."
Big Al Jefferson to Utah for heavily protected picks. ...You skipped breakfast and knew that you should not have done that. Now you are in the middle of North Dakota and are famished. You may drive your car into a bridge abutment if you don't get food. There is nowhere nearby that looks like it serves safe food. You stop at a gas station that smells like old cigarette butts and buy an egg salad sandwich that the clerk tells you was homemade that very day by none other than herself. She smells like rotten cabbage. The sandwich costs $8.49, and makes you vomit for two days.
2nd round draft picks for Mike Beasley. ...You are working out of town, don't know the area, and just need a sandwich to fill you up. You skipped breakfast and are starving once again. You find a cheap local place and expect that the turkey sub will be disappointing even though it is billed as the best sandwich in town. It tastes alright, but you can tell they're trying a little too hard and the sandwich just doesn't have enough substance to it. As a snack it would be fine. As your primary means of sustenance? It barely holds you over. Good thing it only cost $2.
Derrick Williams pick with #2 pick. ...That last turkey sub still haunting you, you stop in a place that pretty much only sells roast beef and turkey subs. They are all out of roast beef. You order the turkey because getting cute has only made you sick in the past. The turkey sub is actually pretty good and just the right amount. Not overwhelming, but not disappointing either, and the sub roll is actually really good, surprisingly.