Timberwolves can't pass on Duke's Kyrie Irving if they land the No.1 draft pick

There are 20 comments on the Apr 14, 2011, TwinCities.com story titled Timberwolves can't pass on Duke's Kyrie Irving if they land the No.1 draft pick. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

There were wide-eyed looks around the NBA when Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn conducted his first draft for the team in 2009 and chose three point guards in the first round.

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Tony Rozycki

United States

#1 Apr 14, 2011
nonsense
STP

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Apr 15, 2011
The Walker kid from UConn would be the better choice.
Jeb

Grand Rapids, MN

#3 Apr 15, 2011
the wolves will get the #4 pick. They can never get lucky. Never have, never wll Kahn is an idiot, he should have taken Stephe curry. He was a can't miss witht he way he shoots. IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!
Jim

Circle Pines, MN

#4 Apr 15, 2011
The secret "behind the closed door" lottery pick always seems to favor big market teams...and teams with just a couple of chances. Just another example of why the NBA is a joke....why do they have to hide the lottery?
This is Getting Old

Maple Grove, MN

#5 Apr 15, 2011
Kahn+Taylor=Loserville

This is the worst franchise in all professional sports, and its not even close. He screwed up all the drafts he has had, yes they got unlucky with the ping pong balls, but even when he had a shot a good NBA players he messes it up. This guy is a joke...Fire him, and Taylor the sell this team to someone that knows how to run a team. With all of the high draft picks they have had over the years, you would think they would be a decent team by now, but NO...Its Loserville USA folks....We stink in every major and college sport right now.....Timberwolves lead the charge in losing....Get used to it...Kahn will screw up this draft pick as well, even if he ends up with the 1 or 2 spot, I have NO confidence in this guy.
Joe45

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Apr 15, 2011
They don't need another failure of a point guard. Get a shooting guard or small forward that can score. My vote is for Harrison Barnes
Top Gunn

Rochester, MN

#7 Apr 15, 2011
Excellent article Ray. This is the HUGE question facing the Wolves. If they are fortunate enough to get the #1 pick, how in the world do they pass on Irving? But if they pick Irving, they almost certainly need to trade the draft right of Rubio to someone. The make or break question there is..."how does Kahn leverage a Rubio trade to put the Wolves over the top?" If we don't get the top pick and Irving gets picked #1, we will have to setle for Williams (a Beasley clone) or Harrison Barnes (similar in skill set to Wes Johnson). Both are interesting players, but Irving would have a bigger impact.
Affula

Hugo, MN

#8 Apr 15, 2011
Kahn already had the deal in place when he drafted Lawson. That's how trades work in the NBA draft. You don't actually trade the picks, you draft who they want and then trade. How is it that are you a professional sports writer and you can't grasp this simple concept?
Any of these three will work: Kyrie Irving, Harrison Barnes, Derrick Williams.
Kahn didn't make this the worst franchise in professional sports, McHale did! Kahn has only had two years to turnover a roster of bad contracts and no upside.
Affula

Hugo, MN

#9 Apr 15, 2011
I'm sick of people complaining about Kahn's drafting. What, six other teams didn't take Curry either. And what has Curry done for the Warriors? They are still bad too.
When you're stuck rebuilding a team as bad as this one, you need to get lucky. The Thunder would be nothing had Kevin Durant not fallen in their lap. Chicago has become one of the best teams in the league because of Derrick Rose. It's not like those GMs made brilliant decisions, they got lucky that they got the top picks in years where a rookie turned out to be a franchise player.
Rubio still has as much value as when we drafted him, if not more, since when we drafted him, everyone was aware of his $6/7 million buyout, which is now down to $1 mil, of which an NBA team can pay 500k.
Nostradumass

Maple Plain, MN

#10 Apr 15, 2011
Affula wrote:
Kahn already had the deal in place when he drafted Lawson. That's how trades work in the NBA draft. You don't actually trade the picks, you draft who they want and then trade. How is it that are you a professional sports writer and you can't grasp this simple concept?
Any of these three will work: Kyrie Irving, Harrison Barnes, Derrick Williams.
Kahn didn't make this the worst franchise in professional sports, McHale did! Kahn has only had two years to turnover a roster of bad contracts and no upside.
What about Ralph Sampson III?
Just Go

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#11 Apr 15, 2011
How many years after a Wolves relocation would it take for most people here to even notice? Would someone please take our thug league membership please?
Affula

Hugo, MN

#12 Apr 15, 2011
Nostradumass wrote:
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What about Ralph Sampson III?
Hahahaha! Gophers have it worse than the Wolves!
This is getting old

West New York, NJ

#13 Apr 15, 2011
OK....Affula...I will give you the fact that McHale is largely responsible for this mess, but can you seriosly tell me that bad luck landed us lower draft picks, but we still took Rubio, and Flynn, when they passed on better players. Also he seems to wheel and deal, but his trades have little impact, except getting Beasley for next to nothing was a good deal. Ricky Rubio, really??Come on...Who are we kidding....I hope I am wrong, but this draft pick whomever it is, will not turn this mess around.
frank

Chicago, IL

#14 Apr 15, 2011
who cares about this team....why don't they go away
Mnwolf

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Apr 15, 2011
Joe45 wrote:
They don't need another failure of a point guard. Get a shooting guard or small forward that can score. My vote is for Harrison Barnes
Lol Harrison barnes???????? Do u even watch college ball???? Harrison barnes is highly overrated. He's a ball hog who can't even shoot the ball. He wouldn't even b worthy of a top 10 pick but because this draft class is so weak, he probably would b picked top 5. Besides, barnes is going back for another yr because he knows he isn't ready for the NBA and I don't think he is either.
Gardy

Eden Prairie, MN

#16 Apr 15, 2011
Bilas also wanted Oden over Durant. He said in 2007, "the hardest players to find are 5s and 1s." I say BS, the hardest players to find are all-stars. The most likely busts from the first round are 5s and 1s. I won't be sad if the Wolves get Derrick Williams instead of Irving. If they take someone with "upside" (like Harrison Barnes), I'm not going to be happy. Upside really means a guy would be a great person to cast as an all-star in a movie, but he can't get it done in real life.

http://www.tvguide.com/news/bilas-draft-previ...
Mnwolf

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Apr 15, 2011
Kyrie Irving is the real deal. Say bye bye to Flynn and Rubio. If we don't get in the top 2, we should trade away Rubio and our first so we can either get williams or Irving. If we do get number one, which we should, its even better. Then we can trade Rubio to a bad team for a first round pick to get back into next years draft because thanks to mcfail, our 1st round pick which will finally b unprotected, is going to the clippers next year(marko jaric) yeah I bet everyone forgot about that trade huh?
Gardy

Eden Prairie, MN

#18 Apr 15, 2011
Kahn thinks he's so smart but we all know he's not. He wanted to draft Lazar Hayward at the end of first round last year because that would give Hayward a guaranteed contract which must be a better deal for the Wolves than paying him like Wesley Matthews (Utah lost the undrafted Matthews as a restricted free agent by refusing to match the Blazers contract offer after his rookie year). Well, Lazar Hayward has nothing in common with Wesley Matthews except that they both went to Marquette. Nobody else was going to give Lazar Hayward guaranteed money. And guess where the Blazers got the money to pay Matthews? That's right - Kahn, who agreed to take Webster and his contract. He wanted Webster because Webster shot a much higher percentage in games where he played at least 30 minutes. I can imaging Kahn thinking, "Boy if we can get Webster, all we have no do is play him 30+ minutes a game and he'll be good. Wow am I so smart. I'm going to pull a fast one on Kevin Pritchard who probably doesn't care anyway since he just got fired." No, Kahny, the truth is that Nate McMillan let Webster play more minutes on nights he was shooting the ball well. Playing him more minutes won't make him a better player. Kevin Pritchard got fired for just one bad decision - Oden over Durant. If the Wolves would only fire Kahn and replace him with Pritchard, I could have hope again.

Kahn's best move was trading Miller and Foye for the #5 pick. It's not his fault Rubio already looks like a bust-- anyone else would have taken Rubio with the 5th pick too. The problem is Kahn then missed on Curry, Lawson, Cousins and Jordan Crawford. Instead we have Flynn, Webster, Wes Johnson and Hayward. Just compare those for a moment and let it sink in. Add-in Beasley (an admittedly good move) and Love and the Wolves could have been set for years. I can say missed because before and during the 2009 and 2010 drafts, these were the players I wanted the Wolves to draft. I'm far from an NBA expert, but I'm positive the team would be in better shape if I'd been in charge. I can't wait until the Wolves win the lottery in 2012 and watch the #1 pick go to the Clippers.
Affula wrote:
I'm sick of people complaining about Kahn's drafting. What, six other teams didn't take Curry either. And what has Curry done for the Warriors? They are still bad too.
When you're stuck rebuilding a team as bad as this one, you need to get lucky. The Thunder would be nothing had Kevin Durant not fallen in their lap. Chicago has become one of the best teams in the league because of Derrick Rose. It's not like those GMs made brilliant decisions, they got lucky that they got the top picks in years where a rookie turned out to be a franchise player.
Rubio still has as much value as when we drafted him, if not more, since when we drafted him, everyone was aware of his $6/7 million buyout, which is now down to $1 mil, of which an NBA team can pay 500k.
Harrison_Barnes

Cottage Grove, MN

#19 Apr 15, 2011
I'm with Joe45, Harrison Barnes would be my pick. I hope he comes out in the draft.
Victim of the Economy

Loretto, MN

#20 Apr 15, 2011
Here's some free advice to the Timberwolves brass.
Call the Lakers, Boston, San Antonio, Dallas, Chicago and ask them a simple question. If they had the number one pick, who would they choose? Then take the majority rules approach. Please not another nubi ubudeydoobie? or Paul Grant. Let the big boys who know Basketball tell you who to pick. Or better yet have a fan based decision.

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