Saunders Feeling Comfortable One Day Before Draft
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Flip Saunders: “We have a good idea who we’re going to take number one.”
It would take “a very significant event” for the Timberwolves to change their draft pick, this according to Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations and head coach Flip Saunders.
Saunders addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon. With his team set to be on the clock a little over 24 hours from now, Saunders said that he had made a decision as to who the Timberwolves were going to select with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft.
“There are things that have happened in the past, and we’ll continue to do research on things, but, like I said, right now, I feel that we’re pretty comfortable with where we’re at.”
Since the Timberwolves won the Draft Lottery and were awarded the No. 1 overall pick, the team has been immersed in speculation as to who they were going to choose; the consensus being either Duke power center Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky power forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns due to the Timberwolves’s need in the front court. However, Saunders admits that he hasn’t had any worry about need, but rather is drafting on talent.
“They passed on Michael Jordan because they drafted for need rather than drafting who the best player was; we’re taking the best player,” said Saunders. “We’re not drafting a need, we’re going to take who we feel is the best player who’s going to have the best chance to be what we consider an all-star and a superstar in this league.”
It has been a long process for Saunders, but he admits that it has been the least stressful draft he’s ever been a part of, due entirely to the fact that he doesn’t have to wait and see who other teams take.
“This has been the least stressful draft because we don’t have to worry about who’s taking anybody in front of us,” said Saunders. “We know that we can through and we can make our decision, who we want, we take him, and everybody behind us is waiting to see who it is. There’s speculation, but until that name is announced, things can change.”
Saunders is right, there is a ton of speculation, much of it divided on who the pick will be on Thursday night.
Keeping with the private nature in which he has handled things thus far, Saunders would not share who the pick was going to be and admitted that the player they’re going to choose does not know yet. When asked why, Saunders answer was short and sweet: “There’s no reason to do it.”
“There’s a lot of things can happen, heaven forbid, but there’s no reason,” said Saunders.
Almost fueling the speculation and wonder, Saunders even went so far as to not rule out trading the pick.
“As I’ve always said, when it comes to trades, I’ll never say never. Wilt Chamberlin got traded, Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] got traded. Those are two of the best players in the world, so something crazy could happen. There’s no reason to let him know until you really have to.”
As the media and social media attempt to dissect Saunders’ every word in hopes of knowing just what the Timberwolves are going to do, many are just going to have to wait and see tomorrow night.
The 2015 NBA Draft will air on ESPN at 6:00 P.M.