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Mock Executive Draft


So it seems like another season is slipping through our hands and the single ray of positivity that is the lottery is drawing us into another offseason cycle of hope that only seems to build us up for our next crushing defeat. It seems very depressing, and indeed, I may end up having to see a shrink for sports-related emotional trauma one of these days. We seem to create our own sort of therapy in the intense preparation we do for draft day- creating mock drafts backed up by statistical data, as if we live in an alternate universe where a Minnesota GM will actually use that data to make decisions with the outrageously foreign concepts of clarity and wisdom. Yet, we are shown the foolishness of having faith in a Wolves front office, as the team consistently fumbles the ball and reminds us of the cruel harshness of our reality. We will never become the Spurs and so we should never aspire to become the Spurs- or any functioning NBA organization for that matter. I propose that we ditch tradition this draft day, acknowledging that even if we had the number 1 overall pick, we are more likely to land an Anthony Bennet instead of an Anthony Davis.

I propose we ditch this cycle of self-harm caused by the unrealistic expectation that our front office can ever make the right decision. Even if they did stumble onto another Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio, we would immediately surround them with another Johnny Flynn or Wes Johnson. Mock Drafts only seek as reminders in the future of what could never have been. I think that we should start our own Annual Mock Executive Drafts to really start picturing a competent front office. When you really think about, was picking Flynn over Curry our biggest mistake? Or were our fates sealed when Dennis Lindsey dropped out of running for the GM position and we were stuck with the immortal David Kahn? We must start imagining a universe consisting of a competent Wolves front office in order that we may finally address the one thing that has always been ailing this franchise. We cannot settle for anything but the best. But we also must know what the best is and so we need objective ways to measure the strengths of GMs. Unfortunately, GMs don't have PERs that can easily be sorted by tables, but maybe that is what is wrong? Maybe the number one overall pick this summer should be Masiai Ujiri, because after all he has shown to be a franchise player and has turned teams around almost single handedly.

I guess the idea of a Mock Executive draft is impractical and I found no way of even imagining what that would look like. But it serves a point. There is no single player other than Lebron that could really change this team's outlook compared to a competent front office that can be expected to at least make the common sense decisions. At the end of the day, maybe we should just trade Kevin Love for the entire Spurs front office because that would guarantee the Wolves move in a positive direction for the first time since its inception.

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