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 twice since, that coming in 2017-18 and 2021/22.

This list is up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Note: Basketball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.
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…
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.
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.
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.
How fitting that Troy Hudson put out an album called “Undrafted”.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.