Kevin Garnett is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder for the Timberwolves.
Minnesota Timberwolves are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are a member of the Northwest Division of the NBA's Western Conference. In order to persuade the NBA to give Minnesota a team, Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner, the future owners of the organization, conducted a "name the team" contest and eventually selected two finalists, the "Timberwolves" and the "Polars", in December 1986. The team then asked the 842 city councils in Minnesota to select the winner, as the "Timberwolves" prevailed. [1 ] Minnesota was given a team, and took part in the [2 ] 1989 NBA Expansion Draft with the Orlando Magic. The Timberwolves have since made eight playoff appearances, advancing to the Western Conference finals once during the 2003–04 NBA season, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. Since the franchise's inception, 179 players have made an appearance in a competitive game for the team. [3 ]
Of those 179 players, none have been inducted into the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A total of 14 Minnesota players have been elected to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Only five players, however, have made an appearance in the [4 ] NBA All-Star Game while a Timberwolf: Tom Gugliotta was selected to the team in 1997 along with Kevin Garnett, who was selected from 1997–2007, while Wally Szczerbiak, 2002, and Sam Cassell, 2004, both made one appearance. Kevin Love is the only Timberwolf, other than Garnett, to make two All-Star games, appearing in the 2011 and 2012 games. [5 ]
Garnett holds a multitude of Minnesota's career records, including the most points,
assists, rebounds, blocks, steals, field goals made, free throws, and minutes played in team history. Tony Campbell holds the career record for most points per game, with 20.6, beating Garnett by a tenth of a point. [6 ] Pooh Richardson holds the single season record for assists, accumulating 734 during the 1990–91 season, and Sam Mitchell committed a record 338 personal fouls over the same span. Other single season leaders include Tyrone Corbin for his 175 steals during the Timberwolves' inaugural 1989–1990 season, and Gugliotta for his 293 turnovers from 1996–97. [7 ]
Key to symbols in player list
Indicates that the player is a member of the Timberwolves' current roster
Year Italic text indicates the player has made an appearance in the
NBA All-Star Game while a member of the Timberwolves [5 ]
Nationality Indicates the nation of birth of the player
School/Club Denotes what school or club the player was
drafted out of
Position(s) Indicates the player's primary
P Point(s) scored while playing for the Timberwolves
Rebound(s) made while playing for the Timberwolves [A]
MP Minute(s) played for the Timberwolves
While playing for the Timberwolves on March 23, 2012, José Juan Barea became the first Latin American-born player in NBA history to record a
Michael Beasley was traded to the Timberwolves from the
Wayne Ellington averaged 6.6 points per game in his first two seasons in Minnesota.
Although he was undrafted, Maurice Evans signed as a free agent with the Timberwolves in 2001, but was waived at the end of the season.
Jonny Flynn scored 1,373 points in his career as a Timberwolve.
Anthony Tolliver averaged 4.1 points per game over the 2011–12 season.
References [ edit ]
"Minnesota Timberwolves Players". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC . Retrieved July 4, 2012. Note: nationality, school/club, and years for each player are found by following the player's link on the list.
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