Ranking the Top 25 Minnesota Timberwolves of All Time

Joseph ZapataContributor IIIAugust 4, 2014

Ranking the Top 25 Minnesota Timberwolves of All Time

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    After six years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, it seems inevitable that Kevin Love will be traded. Love was clearly the best player on the team last season, but where does he rank among the best Timberwolves players of all time?

    Many big-name players started and/or ended their careers in Minnesota, but this slideshow is about ranking players according to their best seasons with the Timberwolves.  

     

    Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

Honorable Mention: Malik Sealy

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    It's only fitting that the honorable mention goes to Malik Sealy, the only player to have his number officially retired from the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

    In May of 2000, Sealy's life was taken in a drunk-driving accident. It was reported that he was driving home from Kevin Garnett's birthday party when he was hit by a car driving on the wrong side of the road. 

    The No. 2 jersey will forever hang in the rafters and in the hearts of all Timberwolves fans.   

25. Corey Brewer

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2009-10.431.3463.42.41.413.0

     

    Corey Brewer has played most of his career in Minnesota, but his best season was in 2009, when he averaged a career high in points and assists per game.  

    Brewer can shoot pretty well from beyond the arc and has been known to play both shooting guard and small forward. 

     

24. Terry Porter

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1995-96.442.3142.65.51.19.4

     

    Long before his days of coaching, Terry Porter was a solid point guard for the Timberwolves. He was a capable perimeter shooter and a solid facilitator.

    He only started 40 games in 1995, and only 70 for his whole career in Minnesota, but he's still considered one of the best point guards in Timberwolves history.  

     

23. Anthony Peeler

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    Best Season with Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1997-98.445.4533.43.81.713.0

     

    Anthony Peeler played six season in Minnesota, but his first year was his best. Normally these numbers would get him slightly higher up the list, but he only played 30 games for the Timberwolves that season. 

    Peeler was an adequate player with an excellent shot from beyond the arc. He is one of many guards to make this top-25 list.   

22. Trenton Hassell

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2005-06.464.3042.82.60.69.2

     

    The stats for Trenton Hassell do not tell the entire story. Hassell never averaged double-digit points per game (9.2 was his personal best), but he was a defensive specialist.  

    He played with intensity in Minnesota, and several times he took the job of covering superstar scorers such as Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady.  

21. Ryan Gomes

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2008-09.431.3724.81.60.813.3

     

    Ryan Gomes' best year came in 2008, when he had a career high in points per game and three-point-shooting percentage.  

    Many will remember Gomes as being one of the players involved in the Kevin Garnett trade. The Timberwolves were terrible after Garnett's departure, but Gomes was solid.  

     

20: Randy Foye

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2008-09.407.3603.14.31.016.3

     

    Randy Foye spent three seasons in Minnesota, but 2008 was clearly his best. He posted career highs in both points and assists per game.  

    His ability to facilitate and score from the perimeter make Foye one of the best shooting guards in Timberwolves history.  

19. Troy Hudson

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2002-03.428.3652.35.70.814.2

     

    Troy Hudson's best season for the Timberwolves was in 2002, when he averaged a career high in points and assists per game.  

    He was known for his excellent three-point shooting, but now Hudson is a rapper who goes by T-Hud. His basketball career wasn't great, but it definitely was better than his rap career.

     

18. Ricky Rubio

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2013-14.381.3314.28.62.39.5

     

    It was hard to choose one out of Ricky Rubio's three seasons in Minnesota, because his numbers were all relatively the same.  

    Last season, Rubio posted a career high in field-goal percentage and assists per game. Not to mention that Rubio ranked in the top five for steals per game.   

    Rubio is a great facilitator (as seen in the GIF below), but his offense is mediocre at best. He's never shot over 40 percent from the field, and he's never averaged over 11 points per game in a season.  

    In a few years, Rubio could find himself a few places higher on this list, if he improves his offensive game.

     

     

17. Michael Williams

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1992-93.446.2433.68.72.215.1

     

    Michael Williams is one of the best point guards to ever don the blue and green. In his first season with the Timberwolves, he shot over 90 percent from the charity line, and the next season he went on to break the NBA record for most consecutive free throws made.   

    Unfortunately, his success in Minnesota did not last very long. From 1994 to 1998, Williams only played in 35 games for the Timberwolves, due to injuries.  

    His promising career was eventually cut short, and he retired at 32 years old.  

16. Latrell Sprewell

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2003-04.409.3313.83.51.116.8

     

    Latrell Sprewell dominated the league when he was with the New York Knicks, but he spent his last two seasons in Minnesota as a slightly above-average player.  

    Even at his advanced age, he was able to put up over 15 points per game, and he shot well from the perimeter.  

    The trio of him, Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell was exciting, but it was short-lived. Latrell ended up retiring after the 2004-05 season.  

15. Nikola Pekovic

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%TRBASTPPG
    2013-14.5418.70.917.5

     

    Many people might not expect Nikola Pekovic to make this list, but going by the stats, he's one of the best big men in Timberwolves history. 

    Pekovic has proven to be a very capable and efficient scorer. He was also great on the glass, averaging 3.8 offensive rebounds per game.  

    Pekovic may not be an All-Star, but he might be the most underrated starting center in the NBA.  

14. Doug West

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    Year FG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1992-93.517.0873.12.91.119.3

     

    Doug West spent a whole nine years in Minnesota, but 1992 was clearly his best. He posted a career high with 19.3 points per game. 

    West was a very efficient scorer, despite being abysmal from beyond the arc. Along with his scoring ability, West was known for being a great defender.

    It was later revealed that West suffered from depression and substance abuse.

13. Sam Mitchell

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1990-91.4416.31.60.814.6

     

    Long before his days of coaching, Sam Mitchell played 10 seasons with the Timberwolves.  

    Mitchell proved to be a capable scorer and a decent defender, but he struggled on the boards. In 1990 he set career highs in points and rebounds per game. 

    Mitchell was never selected as an All-Star, but his long tenure in Minnesota made him one of the most beloved Timberwolves in the franchise's short history.  

     

12. Christian Laettner

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1992-93.474.1008.72.81.318.2

     

    Christian Laettner played three seasons in Minnesota, and oddly enough his best year was his rookie year. In 1992 he had career highs in both points and steals per game.

    He was a capable scorer and a solid rebounder when he was in Minnesota, but he struggled for the rest of his career with other teams.  

    Laettner was the third overall selection, and many fans consider him a bust. Laettner was a solid post player, but he did not match up to Shaquille O'Neal or Alonzo Mourning, the two players drafted ahead of him. 

     

11. Stephon Marbury

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1997-98.415.3132.88.61.317.7

     

    Stephon Marbury is mostly remembered for the five years he spent with the New York Knicks, but many fans forget that he started his career in Minnesota.  

    Like many players on this list, Marbury's career (both in Minnesota and the NBA) was short. He only spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Timberwolves, and he retired in his early thirties.  

    Well, "retired" is the wrong word, because Marbury still plays today in China for the Beijing Ducks, where he's won two championships.  

    Marbury was an excellent scorer and an underrated facilitator.  

10. Isaiah Rider

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1994-95.447.3513.33.30.920.4

     

    Isaiah Rider spent three years in Minnesota, but 1994 was clearly his best. He set career highs in both points and steals per game.  

    He was a solid scorer and a capable perimeter shooter. He also proved his elite athletic ability by winning the Slam Dunk Contest.  

    Sadly, like several guards on this list, he retired in his early 30s.    

9. Wally Szczerbiak

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2001-02.508.4554.83.10.818.7

     

    Wally Szczerbiak was the sixth overall selection in the 1999 NBA draft, and he went on to have a productive career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    As the stats show, Szczerbiak was a very efficient scorer, especially from beyond the arc. He might be considered to have just been a three-point specialist, but at one time he was actually the second option behind Kevin Garnett.  

    Szczerbiak was only selected as an All-Star once in his career, but he is still one of the most beloved Timberwolves of all time.  

     

     

8. Tom Gugliotta

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1996-97.442.2588.74.11.620.6

     

    Tom Gugliotta spent four seasons in Minnesota, and he proved to be a very dependable scorer. Gugliotta was also a decent rebounder and an underrated facilitator.

    In 1996 he was elected to his only All-Star appearance.  

    Many fans in Minnesota nicknamed him "Googs," and he will go down as a Minnesota fan favorite.   

7. Tony Campbell

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1989-90.457.1675.52.61.423.2

     

    Tony Campbell played all over the NBA, but he spent his prime in Minnesota. He was a solid scorer, and two out of the three season he spent with the Timberwolves, he averaged over 20 points per game.

    He never made an All-Star appearance, but he's easily a top-10 player in Timberwolves history. He held the all-time scoring record for the Timberwolves before Doug West eventually surpassed him in 1996.  

     

     

     

6. Terrell Brandon

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1999-00.466.4023.48.91.917.1

     

    Another great point guard on this list is Terrell Brandon. He only played three seasons in Minnesota, but in 1999 he set career highs in both assists per game and three-point-shooting percentage.

    He was also known for his quick hands, averaging just under two steals per game over this three-year span.  

    During his tenure in Minnesota, many considered Brandon one of the best point guards in the league. He was a two-time All-Star for the Cleveland Caviliers, but surprisingly he was not elected with the Timberwolves. 

     

5. Pooh Richardson

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    1990-91.470.3283.59.01.617.1

     

    Jerome "Pooh" Richardson was the first-ever draft pick for the Timberwolves. He only played in Minnesota for three seasons, but he was very productive.  

    Not only did he almost average a double-double, but he also played in every single game over that three-year span. 

    Richardson was also known for being a two-way player, averaging over 1.5 steals per game in Minnesota.  

4. Sam Cassell

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2003-04.488.3983.37.31.319.8

     

    Sam Cassell only spent two seasons in Minnesota, but he was there at the pinnacle of Timberwolves history. He was elected to his only All-Star appearance in 2004 while playing alongside both Kevin Garnett and Latrell Sprewell.

    The team went far, but unfortunately it lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.  

    He started 81 games that season and set a career high in points per game.  

     

3. Al Jefferson

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%TRBASTSTLBLKPPG
    2008-09.49711.01.60.81.723.1

     

    Many NBA fans forget that Al Jefferson was part of the huge trade that sent Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics.   

    He's not Garnett, but he was a solid replacement. In two out of his three seasons with the Timberwolves, he averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.  

    He was eventually traded to make room for Kevin Love.  

     

2. Kevin Love

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTSTLPPG
    2013-14.457.37612.54.40.826.1

     

    Without a doubt, Kevin Love is the best all-around offensive player to ever wear the Timberwolves jersey. Love can score from the paint or from beyond the arc, and he is also an impressive passer.

    The two biggest knocks against Love are his lack of defense and his zero playoff experience. Love might be the best current player in the NBA to not have a single postseason appearance. (It's either him or Anthony Davis.)

    Unfortunately, Love's run in Minnesota seems likely to end soon. Many rumors have speculated that Love will be traded before September.  

    Even though he will soon be gone (most likely), he still will go down as the second-best Timberwolves player of all time. 

1. Kevin Garnett

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    Best Season with the Timberwolves

    YearFG%3P%TRBASTBLKPPG
    2003-04.499.25613.95.02.224.2

     

    The best player in Timberwolves history is easily Kevin Garnett. Garnett was selected 10 times as an All-Star, and he even won an MVP award.

    Garnett was great on offense and defense, averaging 1.5 steals and 2.2 blocks per game in the 2003-04 season.  

    He never won a championship with the Timberwolves, but he did get a ring with the Boston Celtics alongside Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.  

    Garnett also carried the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals, though they eventually lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers.