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|Colours:||Midnight blue, aurora green, lake blue, moonlight grey & frost white|
|Hall of Famers:||Kevin Garnett|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||None|
|Rivals:||Milwaukee Bucks & Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Legends:||Kevin Garnett, Malik Sealey, Wally Szczerbiak & Flip Saunders|
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In 1987, Minnesota was one of four cities granted an expansion team in the NBA. Minnesota was a town with a rich basketball history being home of the Minneapolis Lakers, now Los Angeles Lakers, from 1947-1960, and also two teams in the American Basketball Association, before it was absorbed by the NBA.
Minnesota city council members had to vote between Timberwolves and Polars, with Timberwolves winning easily and becoming the name of the franchise, fitting as Minnesota is home to the largest population of timberwolves in the mainland United States.
Like all start-up teams, the Timberwolves struggled early on, however their 22-60 record in the 1989-90 season was better than the first year record of the three other teams they joined the league with.
In 1994 the team was nearly sold to a group from New Orleans, which would have moved the Timberwolves down south, but this move was stopped by NBA Owners and current owner Glen Taylor bought the team instead.
From the 1989-90 to 1994-95 seasons the Timberwolves best record was 29-53 and they never finished better than 11th in the Western Conference. However things would change after the 1995 offseason.
The Timberwolves hired Flip Saunders as head coach and drafted Kevin Garnett with the 5th pick in the draft, who became Minnesota’s go to guy in his first season. The Wolves won five more games than the previous season before adding Stephon Marbury in the 1996 draft.
The 1996-97 season saw a big improvement for the team. Garnett and newly acquired Tom Gugliotta became Minnesota’s first All Stars, and along with Marbury helped the Timberwolves make the playoffs for the first time, finishing with a 40-42 record.
Minnesota was swept by the Rockets in the first round, but the 1996-97 season showed plenty of promise for this young up and coming team. Garnett and Marbury established themselves as young stars of the NBA in the 1997-98 season, helping the Timberwolves to their first winning record, 45-37, making the playoffs for the second straight year.
Minnesota would win their first ever playoff game against the Seattle Supersonics and have a 2-1 series lead before losing 3-2. With Garnett signing one of the biggest contracts in the NBA at the time in 1997, the Timberwolves let Gugliotta leave the team, hoping to sign Marbury to a big long-term contract.
This plan failed as Marbury, who had the nickname of Starbury, wanted to be the lead man on a team and requested a trade to a bigger market franchise. The Wolves would go on to make the playoffs but get eliminated in the first round the following five seasons after Marbury’s exit, led by Garnett and 1999 draft pick Wally Szczerbiak.
This was highlighted by 50 win seasons in the 1999-00, 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, with Garnett winning the 2003 All Star Game MVP. In 2000 it was found that the Timberwolves were making illegal deals and contracts with highly sought after free agent Joe Smith.
The league came down hard on Minnesota, handing the team a $3.5M fine and taking away their first round picks in the 2001, 2002 and 2004 drafts. This seriously hurt the Timberwolves chances of winning at the time and also in the future, with no young growth to help veterans Garnett and Szczerbiak.
After seven straight first round defeats in the playoffs, the Timberwolves were desperate to get further, bringing in veterans Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell and sharpshooter Fred Hoiberg via trade or free agency.
Szczerbiak would only play 28 games in that 2003-04 season, but Garnett would earn MVP honours while leading the team to the 1-seed in the Western Conference with a 58-24 record, all firsts for the Timberwolves franchise.
Minnesota won their first ever playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, before defeating the Sacramento Kings 4-3 in the second round. During game 7, Sam Cassell, who was named an All Star that season, injured his groin and was unable to play significant minutes in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Timberwolves ended up losing the series 4-2, with coaches of both teams saying that, if healthy, Minnesota would have likely won. The 2004-05 season started with mainly the same team as the year before, however some of their stars wanted bigger contracts and became unhappy with the franchise, causing the team to have a disappointing start to the year.
This resulted in the firing of legendary coach Flip Sauders, and the team went on to miss the playoffs for the first team in nine seasons. Minnesota would miss the playoffs again in the 2005-06 season, trading away some of their ageing veterans, Cassell and Szczerbiak.
The Timberwolves had the sixth pick in the 2006 draft and selected Brandon Roy, who would go on to win Rookie of the Year, however the Timberwolves traded him to Portland on draft night, never getting to experience his high scoring prowess.
After their third straight season of missing the playoffs, in 2007 Minnesota traded Garnett to the Boston Celtics for five players and two first-round draft picks, an NBA record return for a single player up until 2019.
The Minnesota were the youngest team in the league after Garnett’s departure, and it showed in their performance, winning just 22, 24, 15 and 17 games in the following four seasons. There was one standout and glimmer of hope for the Timberwolves, despite this terrible on court performance, Kevin Love, whom they traded for after he was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008.
In 2010, Love had 31 points and 31 rebounds, a franchise record for boards. Love would go on to be an All Star in the 2010-11 season and have 53 consecutive double doubles, the most since the NBA-ABA merger. Despite Love’s dominance, the Timberwolves finished with the worst record in the NBA that season.
The 2011-12 season saw promise as Love was dominating with the help of Spanish passing phenom Ricky Rubio, starting 17-17, but a fall from Rubio which tore his ACL ended his season and the Timberwolves with it.
Minnesota were never going to be better than mediocre with Love as their focal point and after their 10th straight season of missing the playoffs, their 7th since Garnett left, the Timberwolves traded Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first pick in the 2014 draft, Andrew Wiggins, among other pieces.
Flip Saunders was reinstated as head coach, hoping to guide the young Timberwolves to the playoffs, as he had in his first time with the team. The Timberwolves instead finished with a 16-66 record, leaving them with the first pick in the 2015 draft, where they selected Kentucky centre Karl-Anthony Towns.
Flip Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and unfortunately passed on October 25, 2015. Tom Thibodeau was named as coach in 2016 and after what was now their 13th straight season missing the playoffs, in 2017 the Timberwolves traded some of their young stars, Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn, for Jimmy Butler.
Butler would lead the Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004, but they were eliminated in the first round. Jimmy Butler had a tough love style of leadership that didn’t sit well with both Wiggins and Towns, which led to Butler being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for a combination of picks and players before the 2018-19 season.
The Timberwolves have had two losing seasons since the Butler trade, finishing 19-45 in the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season. During the season the Timberwolves traded Wiggins for All Star point guard and Towns’ friend D’Angelo Russell, hoping the pairing of the young stars, Russell and Towns, will allow them to improve and compete for years to come.
The Timberwolves were the only team from the Northwest division to not make the playoffs in the 2019-20 season. Minnesota’s 19-45 record was third worst in the league, giving them the equal highest chance (14%) of winning the first pick in the NBA Draft, which they won!
The Timberwolves have the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, with Anthony Edwards being the -200 favourite to be taken with the pick. This is the second number one pick Minnesota has had in the last six years after the Timberwolves had the first overall pick in 2015 when they selected superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns.
If you are a fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2020 / 2021 season. Do the Minnesota Timberwolves have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and finals in 2021?
As soon as more information about the next season comes to light, we will provide our expert NBA picks and preview for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2020 / 2021 season, so make sure you stay tuned!
After their terrible season last year, which did result in them getting the first pick in the draft, Minnesota’s 2020-21 NBA Championship odds opened at +25000. Bettors thought this was too high and snapped up those odds, causing sportsbooks to decrease the odds to +15000 just before the draft in mid-November.
Although they only had the third-worst record in the league, Minnesota had the worst record against the spread, finishing the season at 23-39-2. They were terrible against the spread at home with a 7-24-1 record, while their away record was acceptable at 16-15-1.
The Timberwolves finished the season with the 11th worst defensive efficiency and the third highest pace in the league. These stats contributed to their record in totals markets being 36-28. There were just 16-16 at home, with most of their away games being high scoring affairs, as their totals record was 20-12 on the road.
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Where do the Minnesota Timberwolves play?
The Minnesota Timberwolves play their home games at the Target Center.
Who owns the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Glen Taylor is the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Have the Minnesota Timberwolves won an NBA Championship?
The Minnesota Timberwolves have won 0 NBA championships.
Who is the Minnesota Timberwolves coach?
Ryan Saunders is the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Saunders was elevated from assistant to head coach during the 2018-19 season.
Do the Minnesota Timberwolves play tonight?
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What is the Minnesota Timberwolves record?
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a 19-45 win-loss record for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Did the Minnesota Timberwolves win last night?
Fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.
How much are the Minnesota Timberwolves worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Minnesota Timberwolves are worth $1.38 billion.
Who do the Minnesota Timberwolves play tonight?
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How to watch the Minnesota Timberwolves?
You can watch the Minnesota Timberwolves on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Fox Sports North, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves make the playoffs this year?
The Minnesota Timberwolves did not make the playoffs in the 2019-20 season. They finished 14th in the Western Conference with a 19-45 record.
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
On Draft Lottery night, the lottery balls fell in the Timberwolves’ favour as they were awarded the first pick. The Wolves finished with the third worst record in the NBA and had the equal highest chance of winning the 1st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
When do the Minnesota Timberwolves play?
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Where did the Minnesota Timberwolves finish the season?
The Minnesota Timberwolves finished the 2019-20 NBA season in 14th in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Minnesota Timberwolves win?
The Minnesota Timberwolves won 19 games during the 2019-20 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the Minnesota Timberwolves?
The NBA expert picks for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2020 / 2021 season is yet to be determined, but make sure you check our page regularly as we crunch all the numbers and stats to get awesome expert NBA picks for our readers.
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