To be fair, almost everyone thought Westbrook was a bit of a reach when drafted with the fourth pick. He was perceived by most as a "mid-lottery" pick, perhaps 6-10. While, in hindsight, I would rather have Westbrook than Love (a good PG is more critical than a good PF), we would not have Love if it we had selected Westbrook. We also got rid of a lot of trash (Jaric) in that trade as well.
Perhaps more egregious was the selection of Rubio at 5, Flynn at 6, and Lawson (pre-arranged trade with Denver) at 18, in 2009. So, in a draft full of productive and promising point guards (Curry, Jennings, Holliday, Lawson, Collison) we not only draft four (Calathes in round two) but we manage to draft three that either can't play, or won't come over, and trade away the only one of the four that can play.
Don't get me wrong. I am a fan and watch all the games. The Timberwolves woes are more a function of cheapness, bad trades, and bad selections in the draft than it is bad luck. The front office is run by a former sportswriter whose only qualifications have been as a kind of graduate assistant to Donnie Walsh, and a friendship with David Stern. The coach had no previous head coaching experience at the time he was hired.
If they spend money on scouting like they do everything else, then they probably are going "bare bones" there as well.
What will the Wolves do in the draft this year? They have the Rubio uncertainty hanging over their heads. If they get a high enough pick to draft Kyrie Irving, do they draft him, or not. If they don't draft him, and Rubio doesn't come over, then we are left with the dynamic duo of Ridnour (a very nice backup PG), and Flynn (a very nice CBA player). If they do draft Irving, then Rubio will get all huffy and either stay in Europe, or ask for a trade (in which we get less value than a 5th pick should be worth).
So, it is as you thought it was..........a mess.