The Minnesota Timberwolves were founded in 1989 and have since had a tumultuous history. Despite this, they have had some truly incredible players over the years. Here are some of the best players to suit up for the Timberwolves.
Sam Cassell: Sam Cassell was only with the Minnesota Timberwolves for one season, but it was an incredibly impactful season. He played a vital role in helping the Timberwolves reach the Western Conference Finals in 2004. He averaged 19.8 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game that season.
Al Jefferson: Al Jefferson spent three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, from 2007-2010. He was a dominant force on the court, averaging 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game during his time in Minnesota. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves were not very successful during his tenure, but he was still a standout player.
Top Ten players in Minnesota Timberwolves history:
Tom Gugliotta (1995-1998)
Tom Gugliotta was a standout player during his time with the Timberwolves. He averaged 19.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game during his three seasons in Minnesota. He was a two-time All-Star during his time with the Timberwolves.
Terrell Brandon (1997-1999)
Terrell Brandon was only with the Timberwolves for two seasons, but he was a dominant force during that time. He averaged 17.2 points, 8.9 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game during his time in Minnesota. He was named an All-Star in both seasons that he played with the Timberwolves.
Doug West (1989-1996)
Doug West was one of the first players ever drafted by the Timberwolves and he played with the team for seven seasons. He was a consistent player during his time in Minnesota, averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He is also one of the few players to have his jersey retired by the Timberwolves.
Wally Szczerbiak (1999-2006)
Wally Szczerbiak was a fan favorite during his time in Minnesota. He was a reliable scorer, averaging 16.6 points per game during his seven seasons with the team. He was also named an All-Star in 2002.
Kevin Martin (2013-2016)
Kevin Martin was only with the Timberwolves for three seasons, but he made a significant impact during that time. He was a key scorer, averaging 19.1 points per game during his time in Minnesota. He was also a reliable three-point shooter, making 39.5% of his attempts from beyond the arc.
Ricky Rubio (2011-2017)
Ricky Rubio was a fan favorite during his six seasons with the Timberwolves. He was known for his incredible passing ability, averaging 8.5 assists per game during his time in Minnesota. He also contributed 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Stephon Marbury (1996-1999)
Stephon Marbury was a dominant force during his time in Minnesota. He was a two-time All-Star during his three seasons with the team, averaging 17.7 points, 8.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. He was also named to the All-NBA Third Team in 1999.
Kevin Garnett (1995-2007, 2015-2016)
Kevin Garnett is one of the most iconic players in Timberwolves history. He spent the majority of his career with the team, playing a total of 14 seasons in Minnesota. During his time with the Timberwolves, he was a 10-time All-Star, 4-time rebounding champion, and 2004 MVP. He averaged 20.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game during his time in Minnesota. He led the Timberwolves to eight straight playoff appearances from 1997 to 2004 and was instrumental in the team’s success during that time.
Andrew Wiggins (2014-2020)
Andrew Wiggins spent six seasons with the Timberwolves, averaging 19.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2015 and was a consistent scorer during his time in Minnesota. Although he was traded to the Golden State Warriors in 2020, he will always be remembered as one of the top players in Timberwolves history.
Karl-Anthony Towns (2015-present)
Karl-Anthony Towns has quickly become one of the best players in Timberwolves history. Since being drafted by the team in 2015, he has been a dominant force on the court. He has been named an All-Star twice and was the 2016 Rookie of the Year. He is a versatile player, averaging 23.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. He is a leader on and off the court and has the potential to become one of the best players in NBA history.