07-08-2017, 01:00 PM
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
The 1989 NBA Draft...
Jim Les was the first Minnesota Timberwolves player we selected. Today, he was a part of the first Minnesota Timberwolves trade. Days before the trade, my staff and I knew that our current roster wasn't up to playing competitive basketball. If we are going to suck, we thought, we might as well suck with some young assets. So, while we liked Les, as I our best trade chip... well, he was a goner.
MINNESOTA GETS: 1989 19th Overall Draft Selection
GOLDEN STATE GETS: Jim Les and Mark Alarie
If you are looking for franchise-caliber guys, this draft is deep at the top. If you are looking for good role players, this draft has plenty. That's why getting rid of two short term contracts for a rookie locked up on a four-year deal was worth it. Our roster is filled with contracts which I would practically give away, because we hope to build through the draft. To snag an extra first round pick for two pending free agents was a steal in my book. With this trade done, the Timberwolves go into the Draft with the 3rd, 19th, and 29th picks... with needs pretty much everywhere throughout the roster.
Shock and awe came immediately. Nick Anderson, somehow went number one overall to Orlando. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall during the Magic's talks over that selection. Unfortunately for us, we weren't lucky enough to have another team gloss over the consensus number one prospect. The Nuggets swooped in and took David Robinson at number two. That left us with a tough choice to make: do we go with 19-year-old Shawn Kemp, Tim Hardaway, or Glen Rice. Those were the next three on our board, and there was not clear consensus in our front office on who to take. Any selection, though, would yield a pivotal piece for us moving forward. Yet it would also be a bold statement of how we wanted to play.
With the third pick in the 1989 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select...
With the nineteenth pick in the 1989 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select...
I was personally pleased with our first round picks. Rice, while not the stout defensive player I dreamed of, has great offensive potential. It was his potential to carry the offense which we envisioned carrying this franchise forward for years to come. The fact we felt he could also contribute today, too, did not hurt his cause either.
Haywoode Workman, on the other hand, was the replacement for Les that I thought we needed to look for before the Draft ended. Defensively he is better than Les, which is important to me. Our front office projects that he will be an important bench player for our squad once the roster fills out. For now, though, he will be a serviceable second banana to Rice as these two youngsters grow alongside each other.
MINNESOTA GETS: 1989 36th Overall Draft Selection and Dallas's 1990 Second Round Pick
DALLAS GETS: 1989 29th Overall Draft Selection
With the thirty-sixth pick in the 1989 NBA Draft,
the Minnesota Timberwolves select...
Scott Meents, a power forward out of Illinois, finished our night off. An older prospect, at 25, we felt he was ready to contribute in the short-term as a good rebounder for us and a good defender. Our front office projects he'll be a career bench player, but he will be an important role player for us during these early dog days. We had our eyes set on Meents heading into the second round. To get him seven slots down from where we were originally slated, along with an extra pick, made us all extremely happy.
1989 NBA Draft First Round Selections
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