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 Serbian Guard, Marko Jaric has had his best team success in the Italian League.  Jaric, which holds the distinction of being the first player to win the Italian League Championship consecutively with two different teams.  Jaric had his best results as a member of the Tomberwolves putting up his best career numbers.
From Serbia, Nemanja Bjelica was drafted by the Washington Wizards who traded him to Minnesota on a 2010 Draft Day Trade, but he elected to stay in Europe where he would be the EuroLeague MVP in 2015.  After that impressive performance, he traveled stateside where he played three seasons for the Timberwolves as their backup Power Forward where he averaged 6.1 Points and 3.8 Rebounds per Game.
While Scott Brooks is far more known as a successful coach, as a player the undrafted journeyman played thirteen years in the NBA, two of which were in Minnesota.  Brooks never once started a game for the Timberwolves but was a good bench player who could provide solid back-up play on both ends of the court.
It is impossible to discuss Malik Sealy without discussing his tragic death at age 30 from a drunk driver while coming home from the birthday party of his best friend and teammate, Kevin Garnett. 
Zach LaVine blossomed (as expected) when he was traded to the Chicago Bulls, but it was in Minnesota where his career began.  A Second Team All-Rookie as the 13th Overall Pick in 2014, LaVine averaged 10.1 Points per Game and increased that to 14.0 and 18.9 respectively in the two seasons that followed.  LaVine was shipped off to Chicago in a trade that brought Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.
The 6th Overall Draft Pick from the 1990 Draft, Felton Spencer would see better days as a member of the Utah Jazz later in his career but it was in Minnesota where he played his first three seasons in the National Basketball Association.  Spencer’s best blocking metrics took place with the T-Wolves.
Thurl Bailey was traded from his first NBA team, the Utah Jazz, during his tenth season to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bailey, who was a former J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner, was there to bring the T-Wolves a veteran presence, and to a lesser extent, a role model for younger players.
While Cherokee Parks never came to close to the NBA success he had at Duke, he did show a few flashes as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.  His best season in his ten year NBA career was with Minnesota where he posted career highs of 7.1 Points, 5.5 Rebounds and 1.1 Blocks per Game.
A former lottery pick and Second Team All-Rookie Selection for the Houston Rockets, alcoholism played a part in his demise and subsequent departure from Houston, later Minnesota and the league. 
J.J. Barea signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves fresh off winning the NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.  Playing at Point Guard, the Puerto Rican was still used off of the bench like he was in Dallas, but he exceeded the double-digit plateau in Points per Game with 11.3 for the first time in his career, and he matched that in his second year in Minnesota.  Berea also cracked the 5.0 Assists per Game mark for…