The Wolves traded the #9 pick Trey Burke to Utah for the #14 pick Shabazz Muhammad and the #21 pick Gorgui Dieng.
The disappointment should stun any fan hoping for some outside shooting, much less the shooting guard of the foreseeable future. When Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was selected by the Detroit Pistons at #8 — even when Tyler Zeller was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats at #4 — the conventional thinking was someone on the Wolves’ Draft Board was going to fall to them at #9.
Presumably, the Wolves Draft Board didn’t feature Trey Burke, much less C.J. McCollum who went #10 to the Portland Trail Blazers (have fun guarding anybody between him and Damian Lillard in the backcourt — btw, is Wes Matthews now available?) but the Wolves took Burke and Utah now has a point guard to go with the slew of frontcourt players and the young wings they tried to disenfranchise last year by bringing on Marvin Williams and Mo Williams (nevermind Randy Foye).
Point is: Shabazz was the worst-possible scenario, by many metrics, and the idea he could somehow bring the thing the Wolves need most — outside shooting — is a fairly laughable concept. He is a tweener. He is a bad attitude. He is a bad buzz that actually may confirm that all the hyping Flip Saunders has been doing of Derrick Williams could be sincere.
It is so numbingly bad a pick it takes all the shine off of their excellent choice of Gorgui Dieng from Louisville. Who could very well be a sign Luke Ridnour will be used to fix the 3-point shooting problem they failed to address with their top-10 overall pick in this year’s draft instead of heading to Milwaukee in exchange for Ekpe Udoh. Dieng should make a nice 3rd big off the bench to protect the rim and should be capable of contributing in that role immediately.
I’m really looking forward to hearing Flip’s explanations.