David Kahn convinced Ricky Rubio to leave beautiful Barcelona for Minneapolis and its abundance of foods that are fried that should not be fried, so apparently he thinks he can make anything work now, including drafting a guy that no one has ever heard of. Tom Ziller of SB Nation explains:
If you thought Bismack Biyombo was mysterious, wait until you hear about Targuy Ngombo. The name was first floated publicly by DraftExpress late Wednesday; DX’s excellent Jonathan Givony asked his Twitter followers if anyone had ever heard of him. The guy allegedly plays in Qatar, and according to DX, could be a Minnesota Timberwolves pick in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday.
That is assuming that Targuy Ngombo actually exists.
If DX doesn’t know about a prospect, that means the prospects is in deep, deep cover. Like “potential hoax” cover. The Congo-born small forward prospect has allegedly played in Congolese and Qatari pro leagues since 2005, and according to Asia-Basket.com is just shy of 22 years old. Because he turns 22 this calendar year, NBA teams can draft him without the prospect entering his name into the draft.
He apparently averaged 16 points a game on 52 percent shooting for Qatari side Al Rayyan in the recently completed Asian Club Championships. The Asian Club Championships are not considered a high level of competition.
Please, oh please, let David Kahn select a player named “Targuy” that no one has ever heard of in the second round of Thursday’s draft. The stunned silence of the ESPN crew would be incredible, though I imagine Fran Fraschilla will be able to pull some Ngombo factoids out of his creepily extensive overseas scouting database. The only thing that could possibly make this pick better is if this dude was a point guard, which doesn’t seem to be the case.
Oh well, Targuy Ngombo is poised to be Minnesota’s new Loukas Mavrokefalidis. Get super excited, Timberwolves fans. Your savior is coming.