The Minnesota Timberwolves have a long history of unlucky draft picks.
Every team in the NBA hopes that they’re able to find their next franchise star in the NBA draft.
Sometimes you can hit the jackpot late in the draft or sometimes you’ll draft someone early who lives up to his name.
Though it isn’t always like that. There are times when teams will draft and will miss completely. These are what we in the sports world like to call busts.
There have been many busts in the history of the NBA and the Minnesota Timberwolves are known for some well-known ones.
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20. Glen Robinson III
We begin this list with the 40th pick of the 2014 NBA draft. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Glen Robinson III.
While Robinson may not have been a highly scouted prospected he showed a lot of upside at his position mainly because of his size and his elite athleticism.
Also, not to mention his father Glen Robinson was a two-time NBA All-Star and an NBA champion during his time in the league. There were high hopes for Robinson but he never seemed to be able to transition well to the NBA with his time with the Timberwolves.
Robinson played in 25 games in his Timberwolves’ career in which he only averaged 1.2 points per game while shooting 16 percent from behind the arc. This was shocking because Robinson wasn’t a bad shooter in his collegiate career.
Robinson seemed as if he could turn into a decent 3-and-D player but never took the next step in becoming that type of player. This eventually lead to the Timberwolves waiving Robinson on March 5, 2015.
He was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia 76ers on March 7th, 2015.
Though he only played 10 games for the 76ers, Robinson averaged 4.4 points per game while shooting 30 percent from behind the arc.
This may not have been the productivity that was thought Robinson would bring to the NBA but it was a lot better than what he brought with his time as a Timberwolf.
The 76ers did not offer Robinson a contract which made him a free agent at the end of the season.
Robinson was eventually offered a three-year contract with the Indiana Pacers. In two seasons with the Pacers, he averaged 5.2 points per game while shooting 38 percent behind the arc. Robinson is only 23 with huge upside which is why he is so low on this list.
He has time to develop and learn. Hey, he is the current defending NBA slam dunk champion, not many can claim that.