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The 2009 NBA draft will likely forever haunt the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves had the fifth and sixth overall picks in the draft and were in desperate need of a floor general. So, the club drafted Ricky Rubio with the fifth pick and Jonny Flynn with the sixth.
Rubio had a decent career with the Timberwolves, but never lived up to the hype coming out of Spain. In six seasons in Minnesota, Rubio averaged 10.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.5 assists in 353 games. The Timberwolves never made the playoffs with Rubio as their starting point guard.
Flynn, meanwhile, is one of the biggest busts in NBA history. After a stellar college career at Syracuse, Flynn only played in 134 games with the Timberwolves and averaged 10.2 points. He was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2011 and then the Rockets traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012.
Flynn is no longer in the league and only appeared in 163 games in the NBA.
The Golden State Warriors had the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft and selected Stephen Curry. There was talk that the Timberwolves were thinking about taking Curry, but ended up drafting Rubio and Flynn instead.
Nine years removed from the draft, Curry told the story of why the Timberwolves supposedly decided to pass on him.
“My guy [former Minnesota GM] David Kahn. I don’t know where he’s at right now,” Curry said as a guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast. “I don’t know if that ever came out, but there’s a story. Everybody knows how much I love golf and play it in my spare time and what not. I think the word on the street was that he didn’t draft me because in Minnesota, it’s cold and I wouldn’t be able to play as much golf, so I would have been miserable. I hope it’s true because that’s hilarious. That’s hilarious.”
Since joining the Warriors, Curry has established himself as arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history. The sharpshooter has won two MVP awards and three championships as well.
Entering next season, Curry has career averages of 23.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists.