Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn predicts center Darko Milicic will be an NBA All-Star in the future. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn is well known for saying and doing things that don't make any sense, and he was up to his old tricks once again during Monday night's Fox Sports North telecast of the Timberwolves' game against the Boston Celtics.
During the second quarter, Kahn joined Tom Hanneman and Jim Petersen to chat about a number of topics. The conversation eventually turned to center Darko Milicic, a player whose name has become virtually synonymous with draft bust, but whom Kahn gave a massive contract to last summer. Here's how the conversation unfolded.
Petersen: "Darko Milicic has also been a huge find. He's been a great influence on this team. The size of Darko Milicic against Shaquille O'Neal is so unbelievably handy in this ballgame, you can see what Darko is becoming. He's come a long way and I think you guys have a lot of credit to be had for bringing Darko here to Minnesota."
Kahn: "Thank you, Jim, but I met with Darko today because I hadn't talked to him in awhile, and I think there's just still so much more to come. And I think that we expect it out of him. It's not enough, is what I'm trying to say. We think that Darko can actually get to sort of a near All-Star if not All-Star level. There's not a lot of quality centers in our sport. There's no reason to think that a year from now if Darko were to continue his trajectory upwards, he couldn't be in the mix about a year from now for the All-Star game."
Petersen: "All you've got to do is look at the Western Conference ballot for the All-Star game and see that there's not a lot of good centers. Darko's got a chance to be a very good center in the Western Conference."
Can't believe your eyes reading that transcript? Watch the video to hear the exchange for yourself.
Previously, of course, Kahn referred to Milicic as "manna from heaven," so perhaps we shouldn't be that surprised by this bold declaration. Still, it's ridiculous. Milicic will never, ever, ever be voted in by the fans, and the coaches who select the All-Star reserves are notorious for favoring players from winning teams or those with big numbers.
On the season, Milicic is averaging 9.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 24.2 minutes per game. The Timberwolves sported a 9-25 record entering Monday night's game against the Celtics.
In case you were wondering, the Timberwolves franchise has only had four separate players selected to an All-Star game during its 22 seasons of existence, and hasn't had an NBA All-Star since 2007, when Kevin Garnett was selected.
Just wonderfully prideful ineptitude. One day he is hoping to reach that magical summit of 35 wins. If he keeps this team together, five years from now they are going to be an expensive Memphis Grizzlies team unsuccessfully battling for an eighth seed.
Hmmmm could he be right?..if Bynum is hurt along with Markgasol, Kahman,Ibaka and just about all the other starting centers int he west...hmmmmmmmm
No. If a team is starting Darko Milicic, they aren't going to be good. This is year eight of the Darko era, and there has been no evidence to say otherwise. Teams have been successful with Tyson Chandler and Nene. Al Jefferson is a natural power forward, but hasn't played there in years. Still, he is a vastly superior player to Darko. Camby will go to his grave being better than Darko. On talent, DeMarcus Cousins could eventually get there but whether he will have the head to get there is still not known. Marcin Gortat is going to be statistically superior than him now that he is out from Howard's shadow, and he isn't going to be an All-Star either. Who knows where Kaman lands now that the Clippers have sucked his soul from him, but he is still better as well.
at his current rate, he will be All-Star caliber in 15-20 years.
I knew this whole time you were disguising yourself as an NBA GM.....
All Star written all over him.
you're gonna make Joe Dumars cry real tears....
I predict I am going to marry Rosario Dawson.
BTPH you're hating on Darko a tad too much.
Darko has terrific size but he plays really stupidly.
Watching him play it seems he tries to shoot everytime he gets the ball (thus he has an ugly shooting %), he also doesn't seem to care about rebounding. I think if Darko can play smarter basketball he can become one of the best defensive centres in the NBA and I really do think he can become an OK starting centre
Darko has become a good role playing starter and could move up to complimentary starter level but I could never see him getting an AS game unless you had a Magloire type situation. Kevin Love may get recognition in due course but Darko would be a stretch.
we are actually taking something that David Kahn says seriously???? I thought this was a joke.....
I could imagine Kahn sits at home looking at the stats and seeing K-Love being the dominant rebounder, Darko one of the top 5 blockers and Beasley a top 15 scorer and wondering why his team has only won 9 games.
He also said that they believed Johnny Flynn was an All-Star, which to me is a lot more likely than Darko. Always felt that Darko had potential to be a decent player, but if he were an All-Star, no matter how you look at the ballot, it would be the worst ASG pick since Jamaal Magloire. I mean, Al Jefferson did far more than Darko has ever done and he could not crack the ASG in a T-Wolves uni. Ultimately, if Darko were to average 13-10-3 (Being Incredibly generous in those projections, as I do not think he will be anywhere near it), it is still doubtful to me he will make the ASG just based on how poor the team would more than likely be. Yes, he is still only 25, but he has played in the NBA for 8 seasons. His chances of getting much better than he is at this point are incredibly slim. I mean, the Timberwolves front court right now is probably damn near the maximum amount of productivity they could muster and they are still a losing ball club. They are young, Beasley and Love have are only their third year, but they both have displayed very little defensive ability. Also, for the sake of Darko, I really hope Shaq did not hear what that guy said, he will take it more personally than Chris Webber took Kahn's summer comparison.
No need to imagin why once he see's the rest of his roster, Good thing he thinks this is a rebuliding team and not a team built to compete now
I disagree with Kahn on a lot of things but considering a couple of time where there were so All Stars that put up decent numbers but were not really All Star who actually made it it, this is not that far fetched. Darko could possibly average a double double and 3 blocks is Minny plays him 35 minutes now and with another year in this system maybe he is more confident offensively to shoot a better percentage. I am not going to say Kahn is right but unlike his many predictions, this one is not as far fetched
those guys put up better numbers on better teams. Theres a difference. Darko is putting up average numbers on one of the worst teams in the NBA. What allstar has ever done that?
Man as crappy as the legacy of Darko is, the actual player has grown into a legit NBA player over the years. I sorta get the feeling watching him, is that if he were given this opportunity in MIA, where he'd be put in less of a prime role, and more of a role that plays to his strengths, he might actually be able to be a Vlade like player.
Does Darko have a good offensive b-ball i.q.?Not the best, as he tends to shoot some rather bad shots and is usually hurried when he gets actual good looks. Reminds me a lot of Kwame Brown in LA.
Does Darko tend to leave a bit desired on the boards? As big as he is, he's noit the most physically imposing center around rebounding, but on he does do a good job of boxing out making it easier for the players around him to grab the board. Not really a guy who is gonna go get the boards.
While these may be issues with Darko's game, he does have parts of his game that if put with proper coaching staff and teammates could be useful to a contending team. Shotblocking, Size, Athleticism, passing, and touch.
Imagine Darko starting beside of Wade, Bron, and Bosh. Darko gets 5-7 post touches per game, having Wade and Bron cutting from both sides and a shooter on the wing, and Bosh at the elbow. Cutting Wade LBJ are gonna open things up for those shooters or the d will be at risk of letting Bron/Wade go off. Defensively, they would have a player with some size who is a true shotblocking threat, and does a decent job defensively against some of the bigger 5's of the league making Bosh much more effective as a defender being able to roam more and cut out passing lanes similar to the way Pippen did against Magic J, and KG has always done for the C's. Darko is one of the few players on as reasonable contract enough to do the things offensively for the Heat from the 5. The idea would be that Darko plays the role Big Z does, only with all the extra perks that comewith being a young man.
Hell, he's even part of the 2003 draft class. All they would need then would be TJ Ford or Bosa to sign for the MLE and they can ditch the "Big 3" and turn their names to "The Superfriends 03". Actually come to think of it, that wouldnt be that bad with Bosa.
If the Darko makes an allstar team then the detroit lions or buffalo bills will win the superbowl next yr
i come to expect khan to say stuff like this but these anouncers r just stupid i mean they were agreeing with him and were sounding a bit serious too smh
Kahn have a point.....Blake Griffin didnt play during his rookie and he's going to be in the rookie-sophomore game... And Darko hasnt done anything on the basketball court the past 7 years..So Darko should be in the rookie all star game...
How the hell is he going to be an allstar when Kevin Love is grabbing every single rebound (which means darko wont ever grab in double figures) and he like the 5th or 6th scoring option? hmm
sometimes you just wish that David Kahn would keep quiet.
To be completely honest I think Darko will play a very similar role as Shawn Bradley did throughout his career. He'll alter and block shots, pick up a few rebounds, get dunked on a lot, and chip in a few points. Bradley gets a lot of crap but had career averages of 8 points and 6 boards (highs of 13 pts 8 rbs). Their games arent identical, for instance Darko isn't as soft and is a better passer and Bradley was a decent jump shooter, but as far as team role ( 4th or 5th option, rebounder, shot blocker ) I see Darko doing much of the same thing Bradley did in his career.
He didn't say this year guys he meant next year if he continues his upward trajectory so let's realistically analyze this pretending he was serious. He obviously expects his team to win more games next year either way based on continuing maturity and I do too after watching the game last night against Boston there should be no doubt that Love and Beasley are ready to bang with anybody. But Minny was actually +8 with Darko on the floor. Meaning they would of won by 3 had he played the whole game....I know thats impossible to predict I was just saying Darko had a great game against Bostons tough front court.
But right now Darko is averaging almost 10, 6, 2 assists, and 2.5 blocks, and 0.7 steals in only 24 minutes. If he continues to work on his shooting realizing that he actually has the opportunity to turn this thing around and continue his great defensive play in the post and talk Love into letting him grab a few extra boards which would be the hardest thing for him to do, then let's see what we might have next year.
Darko will come into next season 26 years old coming off the best season of his career, off court he just started a family and the guy who runs the team thinks he is manna. With his confidence at an all time high and just as important with another year learning Rambis' system Darko should start to recieve a career high in minutes.
It is not unfathomable to think next year Darko's numbers will jump from 24 minutes to 34 minutes. In 34 minutes Darko could put up a stat line similar to this: 14 PPG, 9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.2 STPG, and 3 BPG. Darko could put up Andrew Bogut numbers while leading the league in blocks next year. If you look at the rest of the Centers in the West he would be in the conversation with those numbers. Marc Gasol is in the conversation and Darko is a better defender then him and they are about the same age actually.
just because he was plus 8 does not mean they would have won. The plus minue is just like per 48, no one knows what the outcome would be and those numbers importance is more for fantasy basketballa nd not real life basketball.
If you wanna look at projectory look at his whole career not just this season. You put a ok-bad player on a one of the worst teams in the NBA and there numbers around bound to go up if given time because someone has to put up numbers. As the team gets better or gets more players his numbers will go down
yeah i know the plus +8 didn't mean anything except that Minny was winning with him on the court. And it is just like the per 48 thats why I said right after I gave the +8 stat that I know it's impossible to predict the way the game would of continued to go with him on the court and that the only reason I brought that stat up was just to back up my argument that he had a great game against Boston while he was on the court.
Oh and I disagree that his numbers will go down. I think he is going to be the starting center next year in Minny and get even more minutes. And as soon as Darko stops taking jump shots and start using his post moves, and he does have a ton of post moves, he will be a more efficient scorer. Kahn said he thinks Darko is going to be an All Star so it's a safe bet to say that Kahn will not be looking for Center to replace him in the off season especially since he can lead the league in blocked shots and is one of the better passing big men in the league. Minny still needs a stud 2 guard before anything right now and Rubio will be over next year meaning they will be playing with a true pass first PG. I have no idea what Rubio will do but I think he can put up atleast 9 PPG, and 7 APG to go along with a few steals at the very worse.
If they get a half way decent Backup center then he will get the same or less minutes. Who does he have to compete with for minutes on that team right now?
lmao..at McDunkin's pic....I didnt know Elden Campbell was playing with the Pistons in Darko's rookie year...Campbell,The Collins Twins,Mark Madsen and Brian Scalabrine should all get jobs working with David Blaine, becuz they all have Tricked alot of people.......
How did Elden Cambell trick anyone? He used to be a baller. Probably was kekpt on the team for vet leadership and to teach the younger big men in practice