Jan 16, 2012; Washington , DC, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders reacts during the first half against the Houston Rockets at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Flip Saunders Says There Is No Impact Player


Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders has his hands full heading into the draft. The Wolves are sitting in the top 10 with the number 9 pick. But he isn’t expecting to get an impact player at that spot.

“We’re going to get a good player,’’ Saunders said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “… In the past a lot of times people look and they say, ‘Is there an impact player in the draft? Is there a guy that’s going to be an All-Star within two or three years?’ I don’t think there’s anyone like that in this draft, but it’s a balanced draft.

“There’s balanced players. Some people will get a guy they like, it may be [at number] seven, eight, 9, 10 or 11 that some [teams] like [at number] three or four. It’s probably more of a balanced draft than you’d say an impact draft.”

Saunders added: “I really believe that most drafts, the guys you’re talking about [going] high [this year] would actually be, instead of being [drafted] 1-5, some of them might be more 5-10.”

Maybe he should expect one at the 9th pick, Dirk Nowtizki was taken at the ninth pick in the draft. So was Amare Stoudemire, Andre Iguodala, Shawn Marion, Tracy McGrady and Joakim Noah.

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