The All-Decade Minnesota Timberwolves Team
In honor of the changing decade I wrote an article entitled, "Top 10 Minnesota Timberwolves of the Decade." This article honored the overall best contributors for the Timberwolves in the past 10 years.
In the comments section though, I realized some negative feedback arose because some of the talent wasn't entirely high-class, and some of the players weren't all that great (ie: No. 10 was Mark Madsen).
So now I've created this slideshow. This is the All-Timberwolves team. These are the best players to play in a Wolves uniform, regardless of amount of time spent in it.
Wally Szczerbiak - Probably the second best Wolf in history, but not one of the better players to ever come here. His career almost shut down after he left the Twin Cities. Well, at least his numbers did. Too bad for the one-time All-Star.
Randy Foye - Always will be a draft bust in comparison to Brandon Roy, but who isn't? Foye just never became a star, and while he lead the Wolves in scoring once, he just was never the PG/SG combo we had hoped for.
Ryan Gomes - Played with a passion, but his numbers aren't particularly impressive.
Troy Hudson - Had some career years in Minny, but never found the touch elsewhere. A terrific shooter who should have a higher career PPG than nine as well, especially considering his low-for-a-point-guard assists per game: 3.4.
Mark Madsen - Just kidding.
Backup Point Guard: Sam Cassell
Truly a team player.
A lot of the players that come to Minnesota have big hearts. They love to just play the game no matter who they play with or where they play. It's the only way we can convince players to come live in the cold.
But Sam was different.
Sam had the skill to go with the love for the game. He became an All-Star next to KG, and in a way replaced Latrell Spreewell as the second best on the Wolves, despite Latrell's incredible skill.
Sam is one of the many good players who we can really say peaked in Minnesota.
Backup Guard: Kendall Gill
Best known for playing for the Charlotte Hornets, Kendall spent only the '02-03 season in Minnesota, and played all 82 games for the first time since 1996.
He had a very notable run with the Hornets though, averaging 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists in 1992. He was an NCAA All-American, and was named to the All-Rookie team.
Not particularly known for his shooting, Kendall does hold an advantage over almost every other player in the NBA.
On April 3, 1999, he tied Larry Kenon's single game steals record in one game, with 11 steals. It was an extremely rare triple-double he had (15 points, 11 steals, 10 rebounds).
Backup Forward: Ricky Davis
Ah, Ricky. We all remember how you were the bad replacement for our beloved Wally Szczerbiak.
The thing is, Ricky has actually been inconsistently great.
Ricky Davis has had three seasons where he's averaged over 19 points per game, he shoots 36 percent from three-point range, and has never been called a long-distance shooter, and all this comes from not even playing 30 minutes per game.
He put up a good 18-point, four-rebound, four-assist per-game career in Minnesota, and he has since moved on to the Turkish league. The inconsistencies have finally caught up to him.
Backup Forward: Antoine Walker
Out of any player that ever came to Minnesota, we can give Antoine Walker the award for biggest ever star-to-slump from playing elsewhere to playing for the Timberwolves.
He averages 17.5 ppg over his career, but that doesn't count the two most recent seasons where he's gotten eight per game both years. From 1999-2003 he's gotten over 20 per game on the season, and he's a three-time All-Star.
Despite the awful performance as a Wolf, he's a fantastic ball-player.
Backup Center: Kevin Love
The second-best Kevin to ever play for Minnesota.
Kevin Love has quickly replaced Al Jefferson as the key player for the Timberwolves' future. When Big Al came to the T-Wolves, it seemed as if he was going to be the new franchise player. Now, it seems as though he'll be gone in the summer, and Kevin will be the new second-best player to a currently unknown player the Wolves have yet to require.
We have our Pau, now we need a Kobe.
(he's only the backup center because Minnesota's never had a good center. Think of him as the backup post player).
Point Guard: Chauncey Billups
Career Highlights: 2009 All-NBA Third Team, 2004 Finals MVP, 2004 NBA Champion, 2005 All-Defense Second Team, 2006 All-Defense Second Team, 2006 All-NBA Second Team, 2007 All-NBA Third Team
Chauncey is starting to put his name in the basket in the All-Time great point guards. After he left Detroit, it became apparent that he was the reason that the Detroit team was so very good. The trade that brought him to Denver seemed lopsided in Detroit's favor at first, but not yet two years later, the Pistons are out of the playoffs, and Denver is fighting for the two seed in the West.
As a Timberwolf, Chauncey was solid. He started most of his games, and looked rather good next to KG. Growing up in Denver, it seemed like he wouldn't be a player that would mind the cold here, but he quickly changed from a Timberwolf to a Piston in 2002. He spent two years in Minnesota.
Shooting Guard: Mike Miller
Career Highlights: 2001 Rookie of the Year, 2006 Sixth man of the year
A great player that couldn't find his touch in Minnesota.
Mike Miller is one of the better sharp-shooters of all time, however, Mike has lost that touch recently, and his points per game average have dropped below 10 in the past two seasons.
Mike was dominant for many years. He shoots over 40 percent from three-point range for his career, and has made several good playoff appearances with the Grizzlies and Magic in their glory years.
Small Forward: Latrell Sprewell
Career Highlights: Four-time All-Star, once an All-Star starter, strangled coach PJ Carlesimo
His accomplishments were largely overshadowed by his antics, but Latrell was good. Really good.
Known for his dunks, Latrell played a few solid years in Golden State, then a couple fantastic ones in Minnesota. He averaged 18.3 PPG in his 13-year NBA career that was cut short by his own cockiness, declining a three-year, $21 million dollar deal from the Timberwolves. He hasn't played since.
Power Forward: Kevin Garnett
Career Highlights: 2007-08 NBA Champion, 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, 2003 All-Star MVP, 2004 Regular Season MVP, Four times All-NBA First Team, Three times All-NBA Second Team, Eight times All-Defensive First Team, Twice All-Defensive second team, 2006 Olympic Games Gold Medal, Led the league in rebounds four times
The greatest player to ever wear a Timberwolves jersey. His career was built here, and while he never brought the championship home, he was MVP here, and, well, you really can't say enough about him, so I won't even try.
Center: Al Jefferson
Career Highlights: Was second in the league in offensive rebounds in 2008-2009, third in double-doubles in 2008-2009, 2004 McDonald's All American, 2004-05 NBA All-Rookie second team.
The cornerstone for the KG trade in 2007, Big Al Jefferson was arguably an All-Star snub last year when he was putting up 20-10 in most games.
Lately, Al has been on the declining side, and there are many, many rumors that he'll be traded around draft day. But, as a player as a whole, Al Jefferson is one of the better players in the league with his amazing ability to get to the rim.