2015–16 Minnesota Timberwolves season

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2015–16 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Head coach Sam Mitchell
General manager Milt Newton
Owner(s) Glen Taylor
Arena Target Center
Results
Record 29–53 (.354)
Place Division: 5th (Northwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports North
Radio WCCO
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The 2015–16 Minnesota Timberwolves season was the 27th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] Before the season, the Timberwolves announced that head coach and team president Flip Saunders will not coach the team this season as he continued his battle with cancer. Sam Mitchell was named interim head coach. On October 25, 2015, Saunders died and the Wolves announced that Mitchell would be the interim coach for the entire season. Around the start of the season, the Timberwolves would be the first team in NBA history to hold four players that were around 20 or younger between Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Tyus Jones to start out a season.[a] It would also mark the final season under Kevin Garnett's time in the NBA and his return with the Timberwolves. Garnett previously played for the Wolves from 1995 to 2007 until being traded to the Boston Celtics, where he won a championship with them in 2008. Prior to his second stint with the Wolves, Garnett played two disapppointing seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, one of them with fellow Celtics Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. Garnett is believed by many as the greatest Timberwolf of all time.

The Timberwolves missed the playoffs for the 12th consecutive season, equalling the second-longest postseason appearance drought in NBA history of the Golden State Warriors between 1994–95 and 2005–06, only behind the Los Angeles Clippers[b] between 1976–77 and 1990–91. However, the Timberwolves would have their second straight Rookie of the Year winner with #1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns earning the award with very convincing results throughout the season.

Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
1 1 Karl-Anthony Towns C  Dominican Republic Kentucky
2 31 Cedi Osman SF  Turkey Anadolu Efes
2 36 Rakeem Christmas PF / C  United States Syracuse

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PF 88 Bjelica, Nemanja 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1988–05–09 Serbia
PF 21 Garnett, Kevin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 1976–05–19 Farragut HS (IL)
C 5 Dieng, Gorgui 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1990–01–18 Louisville
PG 1 Jones, Tyus 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996–05–10 Duke
SG 8 LaVine, Zach 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1995–03–10 UCLA
SG 15 Muhammad, Shabazz 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 223 lb (101 kg) 1992–11–13 UCLA
PF 33 Payne, Adreian 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 237 lb (108 kg) 1991–02–19 Michigan State
C 14 Peković, Nikola 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 307 lb (139 kg) 1986–01–03 Montenegro
SF 12 Prince, Tayshaun 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 212 lb (96 kg) 1980–02–28 Kentucky
PG 9 Rubio, Ricky (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1990–10–21 Spain
SF 10 Rudež, Damjan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1986–06–17 Croatia
PF 4 Smith, Greg 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1991–01–08 Fresno State
C 32 Towns, Karl-Anthony 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 244 lb (111 kg) 1995–11–15 Dominican Republic
SG 22 Wiggins, Andrew 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995–02–23 Kansas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2016–04–13

Pre-season[edit]

2015 pre-season game log
Total: 2–5 (Home: 2–2; Road: 0–3)
2015–16 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Conference[edit]

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zGolden State Warriors * 73 9 .890 82
2 ySan Antonio Spurs * 67 15 .817 6.0 82
3 yOklahoma City Thunder * 55 27 .671 18.0 82
4 xLos Angeles Clippers 53 29 .646 20.0 82
5 xPortland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 29.0 82
6 xDallas Mavericks 42 40 .512 31.0 82
7 xMemphis Grizzlies 42 40 .512 31.0 82
8 xHouston Rockets 41 41 .500 32.0 82
9 Utah Jazz 40 42 .488 33.0 82
10 Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 40.0 82
11 Denver Nuggets 33 49 .402 40.0 82
12 New Orleans Pelicans 30 52 .366 43.0 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 44.0 82
14 Phoenix Suns 23 59 .280 50.0 82
15 Los Angeles Lakers 17 65 .207 56.0 82

Division[edit]

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yOklahoma City Thunder 55 27 .671 0.0 32–9 23–18 13–3 82
xPortland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 11.0 28–13 16–25 11–5 82
Utah Jazz 40 42 .488 15.0 24–17 16–25 8–8 82
Denver Nuggets 33 49 .402 22.0 18–23 15–26 4–12 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 26.0 14–27 15–26 4–12 82


Regular season game log[edit]

2015–16 game log
Total: 29–53 (Home: 14–27; Road: 15–26)
2015–16 season schedule

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 12, 2015
To Minnesota Timberwolves[2]
Damjan Rudez
To Indiana Pacers
Chase Budinger

Free agents[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed
Kevin Garnett[3] Signed 2-year contract worth $16.5 million

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former Team
Nemanja Bjelica[4] Signed 3-year contract worth $12 million Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker
Andre Miller[5] Signed 1-year contract Sacramento Kings
Tayshaun Prince[6] Signed 1-year contract worth $1.5 million Detroit Pistons

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason Left New Team
Gary Neal[7] Signed 1-year contract worth $2.1 million Washington Wizards
Robbie Hummel[8] Signed 1-year contract Italy Emporio Armani Milano

Notes[edit]

a That mark would since then be expanded upon (and later, shattered) by the 2016-17 Phoenix Suns, who, in addition to holding four rookies between the ages of 18 and 20 to start out the season in Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, Tyler Ulis, and the undrafted Derrick Jones Jr., also held a second-year player named Devin Booker that played at the start of the season at age 19.
b The team originally played in Buffalo, New York as the Buffalo Braves up to the end of the 1977–78 season and later played in San Diego as the San Diego Clippers between the 1978–79 and 1983–84 seasons inclusive before becoming the Los Angeles Clippers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015-16". Minnesota Timberwolves. National Basketball Association. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Pacers Acquire Budinger From Minnesota In Exchange For Rudez". nba.com/pacers. July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Timberwolves Re-Sign Forward Kevin Garnett". nba.com/timberwolves. July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Timberwolves Sign Reigning Euroleague Most Valuable Player Nemanja Bjelica". nba.com/timberwolves. July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Timberwolves Sign Andre Miller". nba.com/timberwolves. August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "Timberwolves Sign Tayshaun Prince". nba.com/timberwolves. August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "WIZARDS SIGN GARY NEAL". wizardsmysticstoday.monumentalnetwork.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "EA7 Milan signs power forward Hummel". euroleague.net. July 31, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.