The Minnesota Timberwolves is a pro-NBA team that is based in Minneapolis and plays for the Northwest Division, part of the Western Conference, alongside Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder. The team was originally founded in 1989, making it one of the newer teams in the NBA and is owned by Glen Taylor – the owner of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx team. Since 1990 the wolves have played their home games at the Target Center.
When they first joined the NBA the Wolves struggled to make much of an impact – however, in their 1995 NBA draft, this changed with the acquisition of Kevin Garnett. This draft pick turned their fortunes around and following this, they managed to qualify for the playoffs for 8 seasons straight – from 1997 through to 2004. Although the first seven years saw them falling at the first hurdle and dropping out in round 1, in 2004, the team not only managed their first division win made it through to the Western Conference Finals. In addition, Kevin Garnett was also named the NBA Most Valuable Player for that season.
After missing the post-season in 2005, the team started ten years of rebuilding – trading their big player over to the Boston Celtics in 2007. However, the much-beloved Wolves player returned to the team in 2015 and spent the final year of his career there before retiring in 2016. However, it wasn’t until 2018 when their playoff drought finally came to an end and they made it through to the playoffs again.
2018 Return to the Playoffs
After suffering such a drought of playoff qualifications, it was a relief to all players and fans when they returned in 2018. This was in part, due to the acquisition of Jimmy Butler as the 16th overall pick in 2017 as a trade off for Zach Levine, Kris Dunn and the 7th overall draft pick (which they used to draft Lauri Markkanen). This was the end of an era for the Wolves as it signified the end of the Bounce Brothers duo – Wiggins and Lavine. However, with the 16th pick overall in the draft, they managed to get hold of center player Justin Patton. They also managed to add Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford during free agency. This team turnaround saw the Wolves end that season with a very commendable 47-35 win-loss record – which was their first winning season since back in 2004. They also granted the last spot in the playoffs on the last day of the regular-season, by securing a win over the Denver Nuggets. Although this was the season that ended their 13-year playoff drought, they were then knocked out in the first round of the Playoffs by the Houston Rockets.
To rectify this, they moved forward by trading Justin Patton and Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington and Dario Šarić along with a 2022 future second-round draft pick. Another major change occurred in the team when the Wolves fired Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations, Thibodeau and went on the look out for a new permanent head coach.
2020–2021: The Wolves Today
In response to this, on May 1 2020, the Wolves hired Gersson Rosas as the President of Basketball Operations, who had previously worked for the Houston Rockets as the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. They followed this move later in the month by appointing Ryan Saunders as the new Head Coach on a Multi-Year deal.
In the 2019 the Minnesota Timberwolves draft picks , the Wolves held a first and second-round draft pick. Cameron Johnson, the 11th pick alongside Dario Šarić was traded to the Phoenix Suns in return for Jarrett Culver – the 6th pick. Then on the 43rd pick, the Wolves acquired Washington Point Guard Jaylen Nowell.
The following year, in Feb 2020, the Wolves made the move to sell Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors for D’Angelo Russell. Then, when the season came to an end, the Wolves got 1st pick in the NBA 2020 draft, which they used to select Anthony Edwards.
Despite this wheeling a dealing, the Wolves fired Head Coach Ryan Saunders in February 2021 and replaced him with Chris Finch – the former assistant coach at the Toronto Raptors.
Wolves NBA Draft Outlook
In February 2020, the Wolves were so ready to get their paws on D’Angelo Russel and part with Andrew Wiggins that they put their money on the line – giving up their first and second-round picks in 2021. Well, the bill is now due to be paid because this year they have no picks. However, their coach, Chris Finch, will stand by the decision and claim that it was this decision that helped them to win a few more games down the stretch. However, it means that the 2021 NBA draft will be one that passes them by.
The Timberwolves managed to score 8.5 more points per 100 possessions after the All-Star Break than they managed to before (113.5 and 11th compared to 105.0 and 28th). This has gone down in history as the NBA’s biggest post-break leap in offensive efficiency.
Moving Forward as a Team
The big boss man, Rosas, has made it clear that the Wolves may well be adding a first rounder in 2021 in the shape of Leandro Bolmaro. This giant of a man stands at 6ft 8 and played his previous season at FC Barcelona. He is still a young player – not yet 21 years-old. However, he has already impressed and was set to work with Finch in Las Vegas in the summer. Now, even though the Wolves already boast an excellent team of young talent they look set to improve even more and look forward to an exciting upcoming 2021/22 season.
Current Minnesota Timberwolves Players Under Contract
- G: Malik Beasley
- G: Anthony Edwards
- G: Jaylen Nowell
- G: Josh Okogie
- G: Ricky Rubio
- G: D’Angelo Russell
- G/F: Jarrett Culver
- F: Juancho Hernangomez
- F: Jake Layman
- F: Jaden McDaniels
- F/C: Naz Reid
- C: Karl-Anthony Towns
Current Minnesota Timberwolves Free Agents
- G: Jordan McLaughlin (restricted)
- F: Jarred Vanderbilt (restricted)
- C/F: Ed Davis (unrestricted)
Minnesota Timberwolves 2020 Draft
- Anthony Edwards (1)
- Leandro Bolmaro (23)*
- Jaden McDaniels (28)*
* Both players acquired via a trade
Previous Minnesota Timberwolves Draft Selections Since 2000
Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team
2020 1 16 Anthony Edwards SF 19 Georgia
2020 1 17 Aleksej Pokusevski C 18 Olympiacos (U18) Gr
2020 2 33 Daniel Oturu FC 21 Minnesota
2019 1 11 Cameron Johnson G 23 North Carolina
2019 2 43 Jaylen Nowell SG 19 Washington
2018 1 20 Josh Okogie SG 19 Georgia Tech
2018 2 48 Keita Bates-Diop SF 22 Ohio State
2017 1 7 Lauri Markkanen SF 20 Arizona
2016 1 5 Kris Dunn SG 22 Providence
2015 1 1 Karl Anthony Towns C 19 Kentucky
2015 2 31 Cedi Osman GF 20 Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
2015 2 36 Rakeem Christmas PF 23 Syracuse
2014 1 13 Zach LaVine SG 19 UCLA
2014 2 40 Glenn Robinson SF 20 Michigan
2014 2 44 Markel Brown SG 22 Oklahoma State
2014 2 53 Alessandro Gentile SF 21 Armani Exchange Milan
2013 1 9 Trey Burke G 2o Michigan
2013 2 26 Andre Roberson C 23 Kansas
2013 2 40 Grant Jerrett SG 21 Colorado
2013 2 59 Bojan Dubljevic FC 21 Valencia Basket (Sp)
2011 1 2 Derrick Williams F 20 Arizona
2011 1 20 Donatas Motiejunas C 20 Universo De’Longhi Treviso
2010 1 4 Wesley Johnson GF 22 Syracuse
2010 1 16 Luke Babbitt SF 21 Nevada
2010 2 45 Paulao Prestes C 22 UCAM Murcia BC (Sp)
2010 2 56 Hamady Ndiaye C 23 Rutgers
2009 1 5 Ricky Rubio G 18 Joventut Badalona (Sp)
2009 1 6 Jonny Flynn PG 20 Syracuse
2009 1 18 Ty Lawson PG 21 North Carolina
2009 1 28 Wayne Ellington SG 21 North Carolina
2009 2 45 Nick Calathes PG 20 Florida
2009 2 47 Henk Norel C 21 Joventut Badalona (Sp)
2008 1 3 OJ Mayo SG 20 USC
2008 2 31 Nikola Pekovic PF 22 Panathinaikos (Gr)
2008 2 34 Mario Chalmers G 22 Kansas
2007 1 7 Corey Brewer GF 21 Florida
2007 2 41 Chris Richard F 22 Florida
2006 1 6 Brandon Roy G 21 Washington
2006 2 36 Craig Smith PF 22 Boston College
2006 2 37 Bobby Jones F 22 Washington
2006 2 57 L. Mavrokefalidis C 21 PAOK BC (Gr)
2005 1 14 Rashad McCants G 20 North Carolina
2005 2 47 Bracey Wright G 20 Indiana
2004 2 58 Blake Stepp G 22 Gonzaga
2003 1 26 Ndudi Ebi F 19 Westbury Christian School (TX)
2003 2 55 Rick Rickert PF 20 Minnesota
2002 2 51 Marcus Taylor G 20 Michigan State
2001 2 45 Loren Woods C 23 Arizona
2000 2 51 Igor Rakocevic G 22 KK Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
Minnesota Timberwolves FAQs
Do the Timberwolves Have a Pick in the Draft 2021?
There was much speculation in the NBA League about who the Timberwolves would pick in the 2021 draft, with NBA affiliate sites such as NBA Media Ventures LLC looking at possibilities. The lottery has given them the 7th pick behind the Detroit Pistons who got the number 1 first round pick. However, the 7th pick has been traded to the Golden State Warriors for the D’Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins trade. Their only hope is getting Leandro Bolmaro from Europe.
Will Minnesota Timberwolves Acquire Jrue Holiday?
There were rumors that the Timberwolves would acquire Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans in 2020 to form the Big 3 with D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. However, he ended up going over to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Who is the Best Bucket Scorer in Minnesota Timberwolves’ History?
Kevin Garnett is the Minnesota Timberwolves player that is the best bucket (basket) scorer in the history of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Does Gorgiu Dieng Still Play for The Wolves?
No, he played for the Timberwolves until 2020. However, he moved to the Grizzlies and then on to San Antonio Spurs.