Top 50 Minnesota Timberwolves

Entering the National Basketball Association as an expansion team in 1989, the Minnesota Timberwolves have not yet won a championship, though the acquisition of future Hall of Famer, Kevin Garnett put the T-Wolves in the national spotlight and made them a force in the Western Conference.

With Garnett, Minnesota would become a playoff contender, however, would lose in the First Round seven times in a row. In their eighth playoff attempt, the 2003-04 season, they would break through to the Western Conference Finals but would fall to the Los Angeles Lakers.

They have only been to the playoffs once since, that coming in 2017-18.

This list is up to the end of the 2019/20 season.

Note: Basketball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.
The last of the Original Minnesota Timberwolves, Doug West played over 600 games for the franchise.  West was a very popular player among the T-Wolves fans and would have his career year in the 1992-93 campaign where he averaged 19 Points per Game.  While West played a lot of games for Minnesota he finished his T-Wolves career (and NBA career in general) with a negative VORP and other advanced metrics, basically indicating that he was…
The career of Stephon Marbury (“Starbury”) has been controversial for sure, but it was in Minnesota where he began his NBA career, though we wonder if there are people in the Gopher State who wish he never arrived!
Dean Garrett won the NCAA championship with the Indiana Hoosiers and the year later was drafted late in the Second Round.  Garrett never played in the NBA for eight years as he instead played in Europe but it was with the Timberwolves where he would finally play professionally in North America.  The big man would have two runs with Minnesota, often in a starting role.  While Garrett was not a star, he did actually lead…
The last two years of Fred Hoiberg’s playing career were spent with Minnesota where he did exactly the same thing he did everywhere else he played; come off the bench and drain threes.  Hoiberg’s final year as a player actually saw him post his best shooting numbers by a wide margin, even leading the Association in Three Point Shooting Percentage.  Hoiberg was forced to retire due to medical reasons and he would join the Timberwolves…
From the former Yugoslavian nation of Slovenia, Radoslav “Rasho” Nesterovic was a late first rounder who may not have done things fancy, but did the little things to make his teams better.  Nesterovic grew his game every season in Minnesota, leading up to an 11.2 Points per Game season, the most productive of his career.  It was so good, he was signed by the San Antonio Spurs and would earn a NBA Championship Ring with…
Taj Gibson was used mostly as a sixth man through his career but his arrival to Minnesota before the 2017/18 Season would see him secure the starting Power Forward role for the Timberwolves.  Playing two years with Minnesota before he signed with the Knicks, Gibson has had a pair of 10 Point per Game Seasons (12.2 & 10.8) with good rebounded tallies (6.9 per Game).  Gibson is not an elite player, but he does a…
In terms of advanced metrics, Craig Smith is better than you remember.  Smith may never have pulled off anything higher than 10.1 Points per Game in his career (which he did in his third and final season in Minnesota), but his PER was higher than many of the scorers who played for the T-Wolves, and he was always a solid defender.  Smith was a Second Team All Rookie for the team in 2006/07 season.
An All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks in 2015, Jeff Teague signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to the 2017/18 Season where he would take over the starting Point Guard role.  In Teague’s first full season with the T-Wolves, he finished 8th in Assists per Game and would have finished higher the year after had he played enough games to qualify (injuries prevented that).  Teague played two-and-a-half seasons with Minnesota before being traded back to Atlanta.
In all three of his seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ryan Gomes averaged over 10 Points per Game, numbers that are productive for any Forward.  Gomes arrived to Minnesota via the blockbuster Kevin Garnett trade and did provide good two-way play for the T-Wolves, though realistically his time with Minnesota was certainly in the team’s down period and may not be remembered much, if at all.
Known for his solid perimeter defense, Trenton Hassell played the meat of his professional career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  While he played the role of “Shooting” Guard, he was mostly valued for his defensive matchups, though realistically he would have probably been better off being used off of the bench.
Kevin Martin put up some decent offensive numbers (though nothing decent on the defensive side of the court) in his injury riddled time with the Minnesota.  Martin averaged 17.1 Points per Game, including a 20.0 PPG over his 2014/15 season, though that was only 39 Games.  Had he been healthier as a member of the Timberwolves, his ranking would certainly be significantly higher.
A Shooting Guard who would win the Slam Dunk Championship as a member of the Timberwolves, Isaiah Rider was a dunking machine as the 5th overall pick in the draft. Rider would exceed over 20 Points per Game for the 1994/95 Season and a near 19 PPG as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
At one point in time, Shabazz Muhammad was a top three prospect but that would not be the career he would have in the NBA.  Drafted 14th in 2013 by Utah and arriving on a draft day trade, Muhammad saw limited playing time for Minnesota as a rookie but he looked to be a star on the rise in his second pro year.  He played 38 Games before a hand injury forced him out and…
Once known as the “Shaq of the MAC” from his days with the Ohio Bobcats, Gary Trent would spend his final three seasons in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  No longer a starter, Trent was used in varying roles, mostly to create whatever matchup discrepancy he could, doing the little things that can not always be quantified on a stat sheet.
Oh boy.Latrell Sprewell is known for a lot of things, but sadly his prowess on the basketball court comes behind three things.
Arriving as part of a draft-day trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyus Jones came to Minnesota after being named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player and taking Duke the NCAA Championship in 2015.  Jones played his first four years of his NBA career with the T-Wolves, and while he has not seen good production numbers, he rarely turns the ball over and became above-average on the defensive side of the ball.  That would reflect on…
After being drafted 7th overall by Boston, Randy Foye was traded twice before his first season, landing with an already loaded set of guards with the Timberwolves.  Foye managed to get minutes and enough to make the All-Rookie team and in his third and final year he netted over 16 PPG, his highest ever in the NBA.  His low ranking however comes for poor distribution numbers for a Guard.
Known as the “Drunken Dribbler” (Seriously, is that not the best nickname ever?), Corey Brewer likely did not live up to the potential that he had as a former 7th pick overall due to a torn ACL.  The former NCAA Final Four Outstanding Player of the Year had two stints in Minnesota, most notably with a 13.0 PPG in the 2009/10 Season.
How fitting that Troy Hudson put out an album called “Undrafted”.
While Tod Murphy was unquestionably a journeyman in the NBA, his longest “journey” was with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The big man from California-Irvine had his best season in 1989-90 where he started 52 Games recording 6.1 Win Shares.