The fact one of the NBA's worst scoring point guards shows up on this list lends a fair amount of context to the Wolves' historically woeful draft acumen. While Rubio's crafty passing and stingy defense have wowed fans at the Target Center since 2011-12, his skill set is limited. He's also run into injury trouble, missing significant time in three of his four seasons. Furthermore, former president of basketball operations David Kahn passed on current MVP Stephen Curry twicein this draft to select Rubio and Jonny Flynn.
The lanky, sharpshooting wing from Miami (Ohio) never served as the championship-caliber complement to Kevin Garnett Minnesota hoped he'd be, but Szczerbiak was a key component on the Wolves' 2004 Western Conference finals club. In six-plus seasons with Minnesota, he averaged 15.5 points on 40.4 percent 3-point shooting and made the 2001-02 All-Star Game.
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Grizzlies trade Kevin Love to Minnesota in the 2008 NBA Draft
Love will always be remembered as another star who spurned the Twin Cities for greener pastures. But it should also be recalled what a standout individual performer he was during six seasons here. After Memphis picked him fifth overall and traded him with Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and Mike Miller to the Wolves for O.J. Mayo (drafted third overall that year), Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric and Antoine Walker, Love blossomed from a stocky rebounding machine to a bona fide NBA scorer and 2014 All-Star starter.
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Cavaliers pick Andrew Wiggins first overall, 2014
Again, it speaks to Minnesota's past draft blunders -- and recent stroke of good fortune -- that Cleveland went with the consensus in last year's draft and took Canadian prodigy Wiggins. Once Love's camp made it clear he wanted out of Minneapolis and LeBron James announced he was returning to Northeast Ohio, the Cavs and Wolves swung a deal that matched Love with James and Kyrie Irving and brought the 2014-15 rookie of the year to Minnesota. Cleveland's new "Big 3" reached the NBA Finals, and the Wolves have their franchise cornerstone to go with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.
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This list may be short, but its pinnacle features one of the NBA's all-time greats, Kevin Garnett. Flip Saunders and then-GM Kevin McHale knew they were taking a chance when they drafted a 19-year-old high school kid out of Chicago's Farragut Career Academy, but the gamble paid off in the form of eight straight playoff appearances, the 2004 conference finals run and MVP accolades that same year. In 25 drafts, the Wolves hit a grand slam just once.