2011–12 Minnesota Timberwolves season

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2011–12 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Head coach Rick Adelman
General manager David Kahn
Owner(s) Glen Taylor
Arena Target Center
Results
Record 26–40 (.394)
Place Division: 5th (Northwest)
Conference: 12th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports North
Radio WCCO-AM 830
< 2010–11 2012–13 >

The 2011–12 Minnesota Timberwolves season was the 23rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In their first season with head coach Rick Adelman, the team finished the lockout-shortened season with a 26–40 record, nine wins above their previous season and finished in 12th place in the Western Conference. This season saw the debut of 2009 draftee Ricky Rubio, who was a contender for the Rookie of the Year Award until he tore his ACL and his lateral collateral ligament after colliding into Kobe Bryant during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers and was out for the rest of the season.[1][2]

Key dates[edit]

Summary[edit]

NBA Draft 2011[edit]

Main article: 2011 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Derrick Williams Small forward / Power forward  United States Arizona
1 20 Donatas Motiejūnas (traded to Houston Rockets) Power forward / Center  Lithuania Lithuania
1 23 Nikola Mirotić (from Houston Rockets traded to Chicago Bulls) Power forward  Spain Spain
1 28 Norris Cole (from Chicago Bulls traded to Miami Heat) Point guard  United States Cleveland State
2 31 Bojan Bogdanović (from Miami Heat traded to New Jersey Nets) Small forward  Croatia Croatia
2 38 Chandler Parsons (traded back to Houston Rockets for cash) Power forward  United States Florida
2 43 Malcolm Lee (from Chicago Bulls) Shooting guard  United States UCLA
2 57 Tanguy Ngombo (from Portland Trail Blazers) Small forward  Qatar Qatar

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 11 Barea, José Juan 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1984–06–26 Northeastern
F 8 Beasley, Michael 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–01–09 Kansas State
G 22 Ellington, Wayne 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1987–11–29 North Carolina
G/F 4 Johnson, Wesley 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1987–07–11 Syracuse
G 3 Lee, Malcolm 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1990–05–22 UCLA
F/C 42 Love, Kevin (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1988–09–07 UCLA
C 31 Miličić, Darko 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1985–06–20 Serbia
C 52 Miller, Brad 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 261 lb (118 kg) 1976–04–12 Purdue
C 14 Peković, Nikola 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 290 lb (132 kg) 1986–01–03 Montenegro
F 15 Randolph, Anthony 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1989–07–15 LSU
G 13 Ridnour, Luke 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1981–02–13 Oregon
G 9 Rubio, Ricky 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1990–10–21 Spain
F 44 Tolliver, Anthony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1985–06–01 Creighton
G/F 5 Webster, Martell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1986–12–04 Seattle Prep (WA)
F 7 Williams, Derrick 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 241 lb (109 kg) 1991–05–25 Arizona
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Greg Farnam

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Pre-season[edit]

Due to the 2011 NBA lockout negotiations, the programmed pre-season schedule, along with the first two weeks of the regular season were scraped, and a two-game pre-season was set for each team once the lockout concluded.

2011 pre-season game log
2011–12 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Oklahoma City Thunder 47 19 .712 26–7 21–12 10–3
x-Denver Nuggets 38 28 .576 9 20–13 18–15 6–7
x-Utah Jazz 36 30 .545 11 25–8 11–22 9–4
Portland Trail Blazers 28 38 .424 19 20–13 8–25 4–10
Minnesota Timberwolves 26 40 .394 21 13–20 13–20 4–9


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-San Antonio Spurs 50 16 .758
2 y-Oklahoma City Thunder 47 19 .712 3
3 y-Los Angeles Lakers 41 25 .621 9
4 x-Memphis Grizzlies 41 25 .621 9
5 x-Los Angeles Clippers 40 26 .606 10
6 x-Denver Nuggets 38 28 .576 12
7 x-Dallas Mavericks 36 30 .545 14
8 x-Utah Jazz 36 30 .545 14
9 Houston Rockets 34 32 .515 16
10 Phoenix Suns 33 33 .500 17
11 Portland Trail Blazers 28 38 .424 22
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 26 40 .394 24
13 Golden State Warriors 23 43 .348 27
14 Sacramento Kings 22 44 .333 28
15 New Orleans Hornets 21 45 .318 29

Game log[edit]

2011–12 game log
Total: 26–40 (Home: 13–20; Road: 13–20)
2011–12 season schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Barea, José JuanJosé Juan Barea 41 11 25.2 .400 .371 .776 2.8 5.7 .5 .0 11.3
Beasley, MichaelMichael Beasley 47 7 23.1 .445 .376 .642 4.4 1.0 .4 .4 11.5
Ellington, WayneWayne Ellington 51 4 19.1 .404 .324 .800 1.9 .6 .5 .2 6.1
Johnson, WesleyWesley Johnson 65 64 22.6 .398 .314 .706 2.7 .9 .5 .7 6.0
Lee, MalcolmMalcolm Lee 19 0 12.8 .390 .200 .824 1.4 1.6 .4 .2 3.3
Love, KevinKevin Love 55 55 39.0 .448 .372 .824 13.3 2.0 .9 .5 26.0
Miličić, DarkoDarko Miličić 29 23 16.3 .454 .432 3.3 .6 .3 .9 4.6
Miller, BradBrad Miller 15 1 9.7 .333 .467 .833 1.3 1.6 .3 .1 2.3
Peković, NikolaNikola Peković 47 35 26.9 .564 .743 7.4 .7 .6 .7 13.9
Randolph, AnthonyAnthony Randolph 34 5 15.2 .470 .000 .762 3.6 .6 .4 1.0 7.4
Ridnour, LukeLuke Ridnour 53 53 33.0 .440 .322 .891 2.7 4.8 1.1 .3 12.1
Rubio, RickyRicky Rubio 41 31 34.2 .357 .340 .803 4.2 8.2 2.2 .2 10.6
Tolliver, AnthonyAnthony Tolliver 51 0 17.3 .390 .248 .745 3.0 .4 .4 .4 4.1
Webster, MartellMartell Webster 47 26 24.3 .423 .339 .792 3.6 .9 .7 .4 6.9
Williams, DerrickDerrick Williams 66 15 21.5 .412 .268 .697 4.7 .6 .5 .5 8.8

Awards and records[edit]

All-Star[edit]

Injuries and disciplinary actions[edit]

  • Brad Miller underwent surgery on his left knee during the offseason [8] and returned on January 29.[9]
  • On December, Malcolm Lee underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and was out for two months.[10]
  • Martell Webster had surgery on his back in December [11] and returned to practice with the team in mid-January.[12]

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via trade

Via free agency

Trades[edit]

June 23, 2011 To Minnesota Timberwolves
Brad Miller
Draft rights to Nikola Mirotić
Draft rights to Chandler Parsons
Future first round pick
To Houston Rockets
Jonny Flynn
Draft rights to Donatas Motiejūnas
2012 second round pick
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Draft rights to Norris Cole
Draft rights to Malcolm Lee
Cash considerations
To Chicago Bulls
Draft rights to Nikola Mirotić
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Draft rights to Bojan Bogdanović
2014 second round pick
Cash considerations
To Miami Heat
Draft rights to Norris Cole
To Minnesota Timberwolves
2013 second round pick
Cash considerations
To New Jersey Nets
Draft rights to Bojan Bogdanović
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Cash considerations
To Houston Rockets
Draft rights to Chandler Parsons
June 27, 2011 To Minnesota Timberwolves
Draft rights to Tanguy Ngombo
To Portland Trail Blazers
Future second round pick
December 13, 2011 To Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Vaden
2012 second round pick
Future second round pick
To Oklahoma City Thunder
Lazar Hayward

Free agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
José Juan Barea December 14 Dallas Mavericks
Subtractions
Player Date signed New team
Sebastian Telfair December 9 Phoenix Suns

Many players signed with teams from other leagues due to the 2011 NBA lockout. FIBA allows players under NBA contracts to sign and play for teams from other leagues if the contracts have opt-out clauses that allow the players to return to the NBA if the lockout ends.[14] The Chinese Basketball Association, however, only allows its clubs to sign foreign free agents who could play for at least the entire season.[15]

Played in other leagues during lockout
Player Date signed New team Opt-out clause
Nikola Peković August 16 KK Partizan (Serbia) Yes

See also[edit]

2011-12 NBA season

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ricky Rubio has torn ACL". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. March 9, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7729283/minnesota-timberwolves-expect-ricky-rubio-back-6-9-months
  3. ^ http://www.nba.com/draft/2011/
  4. ^ "Irving, Rubio take Rookie of the Month honors for January". NBA.com. February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Irving, Rubio headline 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team". NBA.com. NBA.com. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "LeBron, Durant highlight 2011-12 All-NBA First Team". NBA.com. NBA.com. May 24, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kevin Love's 51-point night not enough as Wolves fall to Thunder in two OTs, Star Tribune. March 24, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Brad Miller could miss six months after knee surgery, Sporting News. Jun 5, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  9. ^ Brad Miller 2011-12 Game Log, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  10. ^ Malcolm Lee Injury: Timberwolves Rookie Sidelined For Six Weeks, SB Nation. December 30, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  11. ^ Martell Webster has another back surgery, Star Tribune. December 10, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Martell Webster returns to practice, ESPN.com. January 17, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  13. ^ Wolves' Kevin Love suspended 2 games, ESPN.com. February 7, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  14. ^ "FIBA: NBA stars can play overseas". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. July 30, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  15. ^ Sun Xiaochen (August 21, 2011). "New rule shuts door on NBA stars". China Daily. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011.