Why Did Timberwolves Pass Over Stephen Curry Twice In 2009 NBA Draft?

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts to a change of possession call during action against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter at Oracle Arena.

Do you think the Minnesota Timberwolves ever sit around and wonder what could have been?

With Stephen Curry making headlines pretty much every time he touches the basketball for the Golden State Warriors, it must be pretty hard for the Wolves not to think about what it’d be like if he was playing in Minnesota. Because in case you didn’t remember, the Wolves selected not one but two point guards over Curry in the 2009 NBA draft.

Of course, it’s easy to look back and say Curry should have been selected No. 1 in that draft — that honor went to Los Angeles Clippers center Blake Griffin — now that he’s arguably the best player in the league. But the Warriors selected Curry at No. 7, immediately after Minnesota’s two picks, and it’s just a little crazy to think the Wolves passed over him twice.

Instead, Minnesota selected Ricky Rubio at No. 5 and Jonny Flynn at No. 6. We can give the Wolves a pass on Rubio, as he was ranked higher than Curry pretty much across the board. However, Flynn was demoted to the D-League midway through his second season and hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011-12.

Not everyone believed Curry could play point guard in the NBA, but there was nearly a consensus that he was the best shooter in the draft. And considering the Timberwolves picked two point guards anyway, it’s pretty wild they didn’t take a chance on Curry.

Thumbnail photo via Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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