Nearly 21 years ago, on September 25, 1992, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Scottie Brooks -- now known as Scott Brooks aka the head coach of the Oklahoma Thunder -- to Houston for a second round draft pick.
Is it just me or does Brooks look a bit like Flip?
Nearly three years later, the Wolves cashed this pick in.
The 1995 NBA Draft was held June 28th at SkyDome in Toronto. Future Wolf Joe Smith went #1 to the Warriors. Minnesota had the #5 pick; Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders made the best decision in franchise history, boldly taking a high school kid, and we all know how that turned out.
At #11 Milwaukee chose future Wolf Gary Trent.
Dallas at #12 took future Wolf Cherokee Parks
#18? Detroit selected future Wolf Theo Ratliff.
#48 - Minnesota's own second round pick is used on Mark Davis.
The Wolves also had the next pick (#49 for those who are not good at math), thanks to that Scottie Brooks trade back in 1992. They could have taken Michael McDonald, who ended up going at #55 to Golden State, but they would have been chagrined to discover that he was neither an NBA caliber player nor the former lead singer of the Doobie Brothers.
They could have taken the player who was selected by the Warriors (they had a lot of picks, eh?) moments later at #50, Martin Lewis, if they were as easily amused as I am by a name that echos the famous comedy duo.
Or they could have taken future Wolf Fred Hoiberg (#52, Indiana) or future Wolf Chris Carr (#56, Phoenix).
Instead, they took Jerome Allen, whom I do not recall. I mean, his name is fairly generic - sounds more like a Viking. Allen was a senior shooting guard out of Penn. He ended up playing 362 minutes for Minnesota his rookie year before being waived the following summer. He got $200,000 for his troubles, split time between Indiana and Denver the next season, and then played for many years in Europe.
After retiring in 2009, he became the head coach at his alma mater. His first year the team went 6-15; second year, 13-15; third year, 20-13; and then regressed last year to 9-22.
Anyone remember the Jerome Allen era?