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June 28, 2013

Wolves haven't been lucky, or good, in many drafts


Do you have confidence that Saunders, now with the final say on draft picks, will get it right?

Trading away the first pick of your regime is a tricky way to begin a new career. We’ll see how that works out.

Perhaps, this is a new era in draft luck and knowledge for this organization, which has lacked both in most selections. The team had four picks in this draft and need two to become important pieces on this team. That seems unlikely, given that the Timberwolves have only selected four usable players in the last 25 selections.

Two of the choices come near the end of the second round, which shouldn’t excite Wolves fans. Only twice in the team’s history have the Wolves found a usable player in Round 2: Nikola Pekovic (2008) and Doug West (1989).

Soonoer or later, draft choices will work out for the Timberwolves. Whether it’s this year’s crew, who knows?

History says that once the Wolves get ahold of these players, their chance of success diminishes.

Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.

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