Surprise, surprise, the Timberwolves did not get the #1 pick in the draft! Shocking, I know. If there's one thing to take solace in about the Clips owning our pick in 2012, it's that we won't have to endure this annual debacle next year. There will be no getting our hopes up just to have them dashed. Instead, we can rest comfortably knowing that, as usual, our team is screwed from the get-go.
Some quick points...
1. I know the Cavs just endured one of the biggest back-stabs in the history of pro sports and deserve something "good" to happen to them, but they go so stink'n lucky. Not only did they get the #1 pick but they got it with the worser of their two picks, which means they will be selecting #1 and #4. Granted, they'll be drafting some one of the caliber of Anus Kanter (if Kahn doesn't get to him first) with that #4 pick in this weak draft, but it's better than #1 and #9.
2. So last year, Abe Polin's widow got the #1 pick, and this year Dan Gilbert's chronically ill child pulled it off for the Cavs. Sensing a trend here? Can we start making plans to send CW Jr. and DeROK Jr. to the lottery in 2013? Their hardship, you ask? Being raised as Wolves fans.
3. The Clippers must be ticked that they traded away the #1 pick in the draft just to jettison Baron Davis. Well, until they look ahead and realzie that they're getting the #1 pick in a much better draft next year from us.
4. Cleveland's Clippers pick was already in the Top 3. How certain were you that the Wolves logo was on that #4 card? I would have bet the house on it. Maybe ABABU helped us out after all.
5. How great was the look on David Kahn's face when the Wolves card was pulled for the #2 pick? He clearly wanted to be the "hero" that brought back the #1 selection soooooooooo badly.
6. Honestly, getting the #2 selection isn't the worst thing in the world. I'm not totally sold on Kyrie Irving and having him and Rubio could have gotten a little awkward. Let's hope that Kahn plays it smart and goes with Derrick Williams. (He has a nice smile, right?)
7. At least we have something else to complain about now. That's about all we have to hang onto here at this point.
I am sure there will be a TON of articles about the TWolves and the lottery today. Here's another:
@CollegeWolf Completely blown out of proportion. Worse than Perez Hilton. Look at the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLzYrfhttT0&feature=player_embedded#at=167
@CollegeWolf It is towards the end...he is obviously goofing around, trying to make people laugh, and being sarcastic. Seriously Adrian Wojnorwhatthefuck has brough tthe melodramatic nonsense to the forefront of NBA commentary. Good riddance
If we take Burks at #2 then I'll be drooling for Josh Selby. If he has his head on straight he'll be a player. I didn't see a lot of him but in the game KU got knocked out he came in was the fastest player I've seen in the NCAA in years. The fact that he couldn't get his layups to fall or his jumpers to find anything but iron was a bummer, but never the less a very interesting prospect.
@Pants80 Yeah that' d be nice. Even though I like Burks and just defended him, I dont think he is worthy of a #2 pick. Knight is better value. Williams = best value if we have a trade in place to move back 1 or 2 spots for Burks/Knight.
David Kahn working the camera on draft day.
@Pants80 Awesome video! If that happened we'd have one down, and then just have to work on getting Rhombus ousted.
By the way, how sweet is Livefyre? You can just jump from one comment to another in real-time. I can't wait until our forum is run on this system.
I am starting to buy into the Brandon Knight idea. I worry about his inconsistency and turnovers, but I have to admit I have a general good feeling about him. Maybe it's the success of Calipari players.
It's too bad Utah doesnt really need Williams AT ALL, otherwise we could flip the #2 back. I see them taking Knight at 3 if we don't. Or something awful/stupid/vomit worthy will happen like Flynn/2 for Bell/3 and a 2nd rounder.
Either way something is going to happen next month that will really piss everyone off. Regardless, our final position exceeded my expectations
@WallyWorld Alec Burks agent must have loved the draft order. #2 and #3 being teams that have a open pussy cyst at SG.
@Pants80 I think Burks is pretty close to Knight and will be amongst the top players in tier 2 of this draft. And by top players I mean he will average 6.8 points his rookie year on 39% shooting.
@CollegeWolf @Pants80 "A good scorer who shows the ability to effectively score in a variety of ways, extremely proficient for such a young player ... Very smooth in the open floor converting impressive dunks and ally oops with regularity ... Has a soft touch and deft body control allowing him to effectively convert drives to the rim ... Shows a quick first step and the speed to get by opponents off the dribble ... Has the makings of being an excellent outside shooter, getting great lift, a high release, fluid motion, plus he's a 78% ft shooter .."
While the words "Fantastic athlete" are not used....he uses his athletic ability to create his own shot.
@CollegeWolf @Pants80 Bottom line you are getting much of the same from both. Sort of. Knight has more PG skills, Burks is more of a slashing wing. Knight is probably the better shooter. Both are young and had great years for different reasons. Both have that ability to play in iso situations and break guys down off of the dribble...which this team has needed for years and years. Again, if it was one or the other I probably would go Knight, too. But I also think Burks is a sleeper in the top 10.
@WallyWorld I'm not sure how good of an athlete Burks is. The two games I saw him in were underwhelming but he really did play well in a lot of games. He could go between 2-10 and not shock me.
@WallyWorld If you go the Knight route, then you ABSOLUTELY have to fire Rhombus. Look what he's done to Johnny Flynn. I'm not saying Flynn would be a star if not for Rhombus, but there's no reason he should be THIS bad.
@DeROK82 Any young player in addition to Flynn has been awful. Ellington has shown the most promise. I'm more worried about Rubio...can you imagine??
Chill out. We have a 75% chance of not getting #1. I am fairly content here. It sucks, but we could be sitting at #4 right now.
@WallyWorld Hard to be happy solely because the WORST POSSIBLE SCENARIO didn't happen.
@CollegeWolf I know....but I think this went better than anyone thought
@DeROK82 haha. This is why, fit-wise Burks is probably the better bet than Knight. But I agree with Pants...Knight could work, but it probably isn't the most ideal situation.
@DeROK82 @WallyWorld Problem with Williams is, because of his size and physical abilities, I think he'll be very under-whelming in the NBA. Not necessarily a "bust", but there's no way he'll be anywhere near the best player from this draft class.
He's too small to play PF all the time in the NBA. And he's not quick enough, or suited, to play SF.
@CollegeWolf @WallyWorld I think the only move is to go for the BPA and take Derrick Williams. He might not fit our roster, but when you finish dead last, you grab the talent and sort out the roster later.
Trying to get cute with Kanter, Knight, or whoever isn't going to create enough of a shift in our record to avoid Clippergeddon. The worst thing this franchise could do would be to hinder our future building just to desperately try and boost our win total enough to avoid giving the Clippers the #1 pick. We're losing the pick no matter what whether it's #1 or #32, so we just have to deal with it. That shouldn't be our focus.
We need to draft Williams, bring Rubio over, and get a real coach. Then pull some sort of trade with Love/Beasley/AR to shape out the roster better.
@CollegeWolf @DeROK82 Completely concur it's a stupid, stupid, flawed, idiotic system. Completely concur it's suspicious the Cavs won it, even though the league has absolutely zero incentive to reward such a mismananged franchise....but in a vacuum I am very content with the #2 pick in this draft. It absolutely sucks missing out on #1, and to the Cavs, and to that end let's whine away. But, the #2 pick is still a nice asset...that Kahn will blow on Bitchsmack Buyombo
@WallyWorld @CollegeWolf Maybe I'm being a whiny brat for complaining about getting the best pick in franchise history, but the bottom line is that we were the worst team and should be picking first. The lottery is retarded and I've been saying it for years. There was one player that fit this team well and now we're going to miss out on him in all likelihood.
And you can't really say "Well the Cavs were the 2nd worst team by two games so it's not that injust" since they won with the Clippers pick.