Stephen Curry has developed into one of the game’s greatest talents in a Golden State Warriors uniform. Curry’s continued shooting dominance and the Warriors’ sustained success leave the criticism on the Minnesota Timberwolves for passing on him twice in the 2009 NBA Draft. Former team president David Kahn has fired back again.
Stephen Curry changed the Warriors’ fate
The Warriors have significantly benefitted from Curry leading the charge.
Golden State nearly went another direction a couple of times due to his injury struggles and trade chatter. However, the organization stuck it out with the Davidson product, who has become arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history.
The Warriors have found tremendous sustained success with Curry as the leading offensive factor, highlighted by three NBA titles in five consecutive Finals trips. It’s been much more than the two-time league MVP’s stellar play, but he’s played a pivotal factor in the championship accolades.
Beyond that, Curry changed the game like a few others before have. All those factors have kept the spotlight on the Timberwolves for passing on him in the 2009 NBA Draft, to which former team president David Kahn has again lashed back.
David Kahn has the ultimate comeback for people blaming him for the Timberwolves passing on Stephen Curry
Since the Warriors selected Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Timberwolves have caught the brunt of the criticism for passing on him twice.
Minnesota chose to take Ricky Rubio with the fifth spot and Johnny Flynn at the sixth spot. All that chatter has finally hit a breaking point for former Timberwolves president David Kahn as he recently pointed to the teams ahead of them that chose to head into another direction as well.
“I would be happy to talk to you just as soon as you talk to the Clippers (Blake Griffin), Memphis (Hasheem Thabeet), Sacramento (Tyreke Evans) and especially Washington, which traded the No. 5 pick to me straight up for Randy Foye and Mike Miller and could have drafted Curry fifth,” Kahn said.
After a highly decorated collegiate career at Davidson, Curry was viewed as one of the best players in his draft class, but not at the top of the list. Blake Griffin held that prestigious label while UConn’s Hasheem Thabeet had the allure of star potential. James Harden and Tyreke Evans looked like can’t miss NBA prospects.
Kahn certainly holds a valid point that the other teams ahead of the Timberwolves should face that scrutiny, but the fact that they passed on Curry twice is hard to move past. It also doesn’t help that Flynn never panned out while Rubio, who is highly serviceable, hasn’t developed into a star talent.
Meanwhile, Kahn doesn’t hold the best reputation due to his porous decision-making during his Timberwolves’ front office tenure. Those factors only painted him a tougher spot with his public image that he may never shake. Ultimately, the Timberwolves’ decision to pass on Curry twice will always remain the story.
Warriors hold bright future ahead
With Curry leading the charge, the Warriors possess a promising future ahead.
Golden State has taken significant steps forward in the 2021-22 campaign, holding the league’s best record at a 23-5 mark through the first 28 games. Curry remains performing at an MVP level, showcasing he may have several more campaigns ahead maintaining his elite play.
The Warriors look every bit the part of a potential championship contender, which may take another significant push forward once Klay Thompson returns. Beyond that, Curry has positioned Golden State in a prosperous spot for years to come.