Monday, January 25, 2010

Wolves Draft 3 Point Guards, Keep 2 -- David Kahn straight to the point in first draft

Published : Thursday, 25 Jun 2009, (This is a story I wrote during my summer internship at Fox 9 Sports)

Shock went through the room when James Harden's name was called as the third pick during Thursday night's NBA Draft.

The Arizona guard, who worked out for Minnesota on Wednesday night, was a possibility for the Wolves as the fifth pick.

However, Harden was nabbed by Okahoma City earlier than many had anticipated.

Tied with the most first-round draft picks in history, Minnesota picked up Ricky Rubio with the fifth overall pick.

The 18-year-old started playing pro in Spain at the early age of 14. The point guard was the youngest basketball player in Olympic history when he played on the 2008 Spanish Olympic team.

The 6-4, 180-pound Rubio, the most talked about player in the draft, could have gone as high as number two to Memphis.

With Harden already off the docket and Rubio still on it, the Wolves made their move.

Rubio, who hails from El Masnou, Spain, will have to get used to the cold Minnesota weather, but hopefully he will heat things up on the court with his extraordinary passing abilities.

If one point guard wasn't enough, the Wolves decided on Jonny Flynn of Syracuse with their 6th pick.

The 2007-2008 Big East Co-Rookie of the Year, is expected to play well off of Rubio. Although he is only 5'11", he's a player that works hard and can finish the play, an asset the Wolves will need.

The Syracuse guard is well-known for his impressive endurance during this year's Big East Tounrnament. Flynn played all but three minutes in the six-overtime game, which resulted in a victory over Connecticut.

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