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The Minnesota Timberwolves is a pro-NBA team that is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves are in the Northwest Division, part of the Western Conference. Their division foes are the Utah Jazz, the Denver Nuggets, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The T'Wolves' home arena is the Target Center.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a fairly new team in the NBA. They were founded in 1989. They are also a franchise that has never known any kind of enduring success.

When they first joined the NBA, the Wolves struggled to make much of an impact. However, in the 1995 NBA Draft, this changed with the acquisition of Kevin Garnett, a player that the T'Wolves drafted directly out of high school. This draft pick turned their fortunes around and, following this, they managed to qualify for the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons – from 1997 through to 2004. However, the first seven seasons in that stretch were marked by first-round exits. There was an annual debate as to whether or not Garnett could put a team on his shoulders or whether he simply didn't have a good enough supporting cast.

The 2003/04 season is the only season in Minnesota's history where they were on the radar as significant contenders. The team not only managed their first division win but they made it through to the Western Conference Finals. That season is the only season that Minnesota has ever won its division or qualified for the conference finals.

In addition, Kevin Garnett was also named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for that season but his time in Minnesota was coming to an end. 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 that the Wolves made it into the playoffs again.

In the 2019 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves 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. He has been a staple on the team ever since.

Interesting Fact

Did you know that major-league level teams based in Minnesota rarely win titles in their leagues? If you look at the teams for the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NHL, then you don't find any league championships since the 1991 World Series. That season, the Twins defeated the Atlanta Braves for the World Series title but they, the Twins, have been shutout since that time. Given that Minnesota is represented in all four leagues, it truly is a significant drought for the state.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Management and Coaching

Owner: Glen Taylor

CEO: Ethan Casson

President: Tim Connelly

General Manager: Tim Connelly

Head Coach: Chris Finch

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the 2023 NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves had a disappointing season in 2022/23. They qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round to the Denver Nuggets. To add insult to injury, the Wolves did not have much reason to look forward to the 2023 NBA Draft. With the 53rd pick, they selected Jaylen Clark, a shooting guard. He is not on the radar as a significant asset heading into the season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves Season Preview for 2023/24

Karl-Anthony Towns will turn 28 years old later this season. Last season, he only appeared in 29 games. If he has another injury-riddled season, then another year of his precious and fading prime will have been wasted.

But a glaring problem with the Timberwolves is a lack of depth in the smaller positions. Anthony Edwards is the only guard or small forward on the team that has the potential to be an All-Star. Starting PG Mike Conley could be hard to rely on going forward. He will turn 36 years old late in 2023. Without a strong point guard or strong small forward or strong bench, any injuries to Edwards, Rudy Gobert, or Towns could spell another problematic season for Minnesota. They are among a huge pack of middle powers in the NBA.

Current Minnesota Timberwolves Players Under Contract

  • Karl-Anthony Towms
  • Rudy Gobert
  • Mike Conley
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Naz Reid
  • Kyle Anderson
  • Taurean Prince
  • Wendell Moor Jr.
  • Jaden McDaniels
  • Josh Minott
  • Jordan McLaughlin
  • Nathan Knight

Key Current Minnesota Timberwolves Free Agents

The Minnesota Timberwolves have some players in free agency. However, none of them look to be gamebreakers at this point in their careers.

Previous Minnesota Timberwolves Draft Selections Since 2000

Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team

2023 2 53 Jaylen Clark SG 21 UCLA

2022 1 19 Jake LaRavia SF 20 Wake Forest

2021 NO PICKS

2020 1 1 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

Have the Minnesota Timberwolves ever won the NBA title?

No, in fact, they have never won their conference. Furthermore, they have only won their divisional title one time in league history.

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.

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