Earlier we noted that John Hollinger was no big fan of the Darko Milicic signing for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Shortly thereafter, Stop-n-Pop of SB Nation’s Canis Hoopus provided a similarly pessimistic assessment of the signing as he compared it to the potential drafting of Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins, who slipped past Minnesota to the Sacramento Kings.
Stop-n-Pop goes so far as to say that the team would be better if fans were allowed to make decisions instead of current general manager David Kahn.
That being said, my faith in David Kahn to be able to pull this off in practice is pretty much lying at a low level these days. Kahn is busy at work at his masterpiece and I have a bad feeling that while we’re all hoping for a second version of Appetite for Destruction, we’re going to get a double album mess of a flame out. Use your illusion indeed.
What is especially problematic for Wolves fans is that their way forward during the past few seasons has been soooooooo obvious as to set itself firmly in the minds of even the most casual Minny sports fan. Brandon Roy should have been taken over Randy Foye. Jonny Flynn didn’t make a lick of sense in relation to Stephen Curry. In terms of the editorial wing of this website, our last four drafts would have gone Noah, Love, Curry, and Cousins with players like Mario Chalmers, Ty Lawson, and DeJuan Blair thrown in for good measure.
While there is obviously a lot of behind-the-scenes action that goes on in an NBA front office that would leave even the most dedicated fan dizzy and overwhelmed, I honestly do not think it would be too much of a stretch to say that the team would have had better luck in the draft had they simply crowdsourced their player selection. The point of all of this isn’t to brag or boast about anything or to say that the team should be handed over to a group of fans; rather, it is simply to point out that this is a fan base that has absolutely zero tolerance for GMs and POBOs who think they are too cool for school. At this point we want the simple move. Take the BPA. Don’t get too attached to an abstract plan. Make the most of your small-market assets…stuff like that.