I do want to spend a minute evaluating Kahn's performance, first I want to spend just a second addressing my opinion on the Beasley situation.
Just for the record, Michael Beasley averaged 14 and 6 BEHIND D-Wade. There is no D-Wade here, to eat up the ball. Beasley will be our star player, he will average 20 and 8 and he will be our franchise player. Add his athleticism to the uptempo triangle offense that we can actually implement now, and our starting line up looks very solid. Now if we can move Sessions and Koufos, or Hollins for a decent 2 guard, than we should be able to win at least 30 to 35 games, a vast improvement and a step in the right direction. And who do we have to thank for it? You guessed it...David Kahn.
IMHO Kahn is 20 times the GM that McHale ever was, and I think alot of the malice that is directed towards him is residual anger that came from years of shattered expectations handed out by our former fearless leader, Kevin McHale.
There is not nor will there ever be a perfect GM. There is always someone that would have drafted someone else, or traded for someone else, but what most people do not realize is that it isnt as easy as picking up the phone and saying "Mr. Bird, we want Danny Granger and we have players that will make the money work, ok? Good". Now, do I wish that it was that easy? Sure. I would love for Kahn to pick up the phone with Denver and say "We have cap space, and Melo is gone next year anyway, so well take a sign and trade for him, and you can have whoever", but it just isnt going to happen.
Now in a realistically tough situation I think Kahn has faired incredibly well with what he has been given, a perpetual lottery team with very little athleticism, no direction, not a lot of talent, and a reputation for being the laughing stock of the league, which is saying a lot in a league that includes teams like the Knicks, and Clippers.
Let's look into our roster a little. We now have intimidating centers in Darko and Pek, 2 formidable young power forwards in Beasley and Love, real young talent at the small forward position in Corey Brewer, Wes Johnson and Lazar Hayward, a good young shooting core in Wayne Ellington and Martell Webster, and once Sessions is traded, a youngish veteran in Luke Ridnour to guide Jonny Flynn at point, that being said, I dont see a downside here. Are we young? Sure, we are VERY young, but this may be the most athletic Timberwolves roster since our run into the conference finals, which as we know was the best hope the Wolves have had at a title. Are we a title contender? Not even close. Are we a playoff team? I doubt it. But the real question that needs to be asked this season, is not about whether or not we can contend in the West. The questions that need to be asked are questions like, Are we significantly more athletic than when Kahn got here? Yes, we are. Are we significantly more talented than when Kahn got here. You bet . Do we have a lot of young developing talent that has nothing but good things in our future? Absolutely.
So if you judge Kahn on our ability to contend in the west right now, of course you will just be let down.
But, if you judge Kahn on the fact that he has taken a mishmash of a team and strengthened it at every position, and given it a real chance to develop over the course of the next few seasons, then the conclusion is, and must be, that he has done nearly the impossible, and given us a future, that doesnt leave fans looking for the nearest bridge, cliff, loaded gun, dirty needle, or fast car with no brakes.