The history of the Minnesota Timberwolves begins and ends with Kevin Garnett. An NBA franchise since the 1989-90 season, Minnesota has made eight playoff appearances, all on the back of Garnett. In the team’s nine seasons without Garnett, they have failed to tally even 30 wins or finish above fourth in their division. When it comes to the best players in Minnesota Timberwolves history, there is Kevin Garnett and then everyone else.
Far and away the best player in Minnesota Timberwolves history is forward Kevin Garnett. When the Wolves drafted Garnett, he was one of the first players to make the jump directly from high school to the NBA. Garnett spent 12 seasons in Minnesota, earning just about every team record. He is Minnesota’s all-time leader in points (19,041), rebounds (10,542), assists, (4,146), steals (1,282), blocks (1,576), and games played (927). With the Wolves, Garnett made ten All-Star teams, eight All-NBA teams, and eight All-NBA teams, and won the 2004 NBA MVP Award.
Owner of one of the team’s few All-Star appearances, Tom Gugliotta is one of the best players in Minnesota Timberwolves franchise history. In three seasons with the Wolves, the best seasons of his career, Gugliotta posted averages of 18.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per contest. The forward was a part of the Wolves’ first ever playoff team in 1997, the year in which he made the All-Star team.
The man the Wolves acquired for Garnett and one of the best players in Minnesota Timberwolves history is big man Al Jefferson. Three seasons into his Wolves career, Jefferson is averaging a double-double, 20.3 points and 10.5 rebounds, along with 1.4 blocks per game. Jefferson is a smooth post scorer and an efficient player. Shooting over 50 percent from the field, he has the ninth highest career field goal percentage among active players.
One of the best players in Minnesota Timberwolves franchise history is point guard Terrell Brandon who spent three and a half seasons with the team. Brandon was a two-time All-Star, frequently among the NBA’s leaders in assists and steals per game. With Minnesota, Brandon played some of his best basketball, posting averages of 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per contest before his career was derailed by injuries.
The star of the original Minnesota Timberwolves, Tony Campbell played by far the best basketball of his career with the team. In his 11-year career, Campbell averaged just 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game; with the Wolves, he posted averages of 20.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.
Other top players who have spent time with the Wolves include Sam Cassell, Chauncey Billups, Christian Laettner, J.R. Rider, Tyrone Corbin, Ricky Davis, Latrell Sprewell, Pooh Richardson, Wally Szczerbiak, Stephon Marbury, and Kevin Love.