Timberwolves passed Stephen Curry’s draft pick twice
On this day, the Minnesota Timberwolves did not choose Stephen Curry once in the 2009 NBA Draft, but twice.
The Timberwolves received the ball back to back at No. 5 and No. 6.
They chose fifth pick Ricky Rubio, and in the deal with the Washington Wizards, Randy Foye and Mike Miller won this choice.
Rubio is also a Spanish prodigy and has excellent passing skills when he was young. He is the youngest player to make his debut in the Spanish ACB league at 14 years and 11 months.
Then things got interesting.
The 2009 draft is full of point guards, but the top four are Blake Griffin, Hashim Sebee, James Harden and Tyreke Evans, all of whom are non-point guards.
After drafting Rubio, the Timberwolves chose to wait…Jonny Flynn (Jonny Flynn) sixth.
Flynn is a Syracuse star. In two seasons, he averaged 16.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game, but the result was all or nothing. Roulette online.
He was named the “Big East Rookie of the Year” in 2008, the MVP of the “Great East District Championship” in 2009, and was selected as the “second place in the Great East District” in 2008-2009.
In the 2009-2010 season, Flynn played and started 81 games, averaging 13.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists, and was selected to the NBA rookie second team.
Then, injuries hit, and by the 2011-2012 season, Flynn was no longer in the Timberwolves.
Before spending several years abroad, he had a four-year NBA career.
Rubio (Robio) waited a few years after being drafted before coming to the United States, and finally made his debut in the 2011-2012 season.
Flynn and Rubio have never played together.
Since then, the Timberwolves have entered the playoffs in 2018 alone.
Rubio and Flynn have long since left the Timberwolves, while Curry is still on his team of choice and has become a future Hall of Fame member at the age of 32.
Although Curry’s missed pass will become one of all draft errors in NBA history, the Timberwolves have also passed on other point guards who are still playing in the ’09 draft.
These players include Jrue Holiday (17th), Jeff Teague (19th), Patrick Beverley (42nd) and Patty Mills (55th).
The decision not to choose Curry will always haunt the five teams passed to him, especially the Timberwolves.
This post is written by Chris Tulp