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Former T-Wolves GM refuses to be the scapegoat for one of the biggest Draft mistakes ever

David Kahn - Timberwolves- Steph Curry

David Kahn - Timberwolves- Steph Curry

Looking back on it, passing on Steph Curry is up there with the biggest Draft mistakes ever made. But despite Davidson's point guard falling all the way down to No.7, one team, in particular, gets criticized the most for it.

David Kahn refusing to take the blame

The Minnesota Timberwolves had the No.5 and No.6 picks in the 2009 NBA Draft and were in need of a point guard. But instead of opting for Curry, David Kahn, the team's GM at the time, decided to go with Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio.

“We didn’t have a single point guard on the roster," Kahn wrote for Sports Illustrated years later. "Our staff had ranked him (Flynn) No. 1 among all point-guard prospects for not only his on-court play but also his strong leadership qualities, a significant team needs.”

Kahn was all in on Rubio for his natural feel for the game; the T-Wolves' scouting department was all in on Flynn for his immediate impact on the team. But none of them, including organizations with higher picks than Minnesota, couldn't recognize Curry's all-time great potential. That's exactly what Kahn pointed out the day after Steph became the NBA's all-time leader in three-pointers.

"I would be happy to talk to you just as soon as you talk to the Clippers (Blake Griffin), Memphis (Hasheem Thabeet), Sacramento (Tyreke Evans) and especially Washington, which traded the No. 5 pick to me straight up for Randy Foye and Mike Miller and could have drafted Curry fifth," Kahn texted back to FOX Sports Yaron Weitzman when asked about his thought process during Curry's historic week.

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It's still the Timberwolves

In a piece he wrote for Sports Illustrated, Kahn talked about Dell Curry's impact on the T-Wolves draft decision that night. According to him, Steph's dad didn't want his son drafted by Minnesota -- later reports said Curry himself didn't want to play there.

Dell reportedly didn't even want his son playing for Golden State. "No, we’d rather you not take him if he’s there because we have another place we’d like him to be," he said to Don Nelson when the Warriors head coach called to share their intent of picking the young sharpshooter. "'Well, if he’s there we’re going to take him,’ and I said, ‘That’s your choice. You call me and ask me a question and I’m telling you the truth from my end.'“ 

The truth is, Dell wanted to see Steph with the Knicks -- they had the eighth pick in the 2009 Draft -- for all the obvious reasons. But in retrospect, he has nothing but gratitude that his wish did not come true. "Thank God it didn’t happen," he said right before Steph's record-breaking night at MSG.

Thirteen years into his all-time great NBA run, every basketball fan feels the same way. And not just about the Knicks, but every team not named the Warriors. Thanks to one of the biggest Draft day blunders ever, we're able to witness one of the most entertaining runs in NBA history, led by one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Would that have been possible had Curry gone somewhere else? He sure had the talent to do it; the question is, would any other organization have been able to capitalize on it. Based on what we've seen since 2009, the Timberwolves wouldn't. But they still should've taken Steph.

That's why, despite Kahn's attempt to diffuse responsibility, Minnesota remains the biggest loser of the 2009 NBA Draft. Every other team messed up once -- the T-Wolves did it twice.

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