Minnesota Timberwolves History
The Minnesota Timberwolves have gone through many changes over the years and one of the biggest was in 1995 with the addition of Kevin Garnett, forward Tom Gugliotta, and Flip Saunders as head coach. In 1996, the Timberwolves aquired the rights to Stephon Marbury who had a really positive effect on the team.
In 1996, the T-Wolves added another star player in the draft when they swapped Ray Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Stephon Marbury, who was the 4th overall pick. The addition of Marbury had a positive effect on the entire team and Kevin Garnett and Tom Gugliotta became the first Timberwolves to be selected to the All-Star team. With the help of Gugliotta and Garnett, the Timberwolves made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The following year, Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury established themselves as two of the rising stars in the NBA. They went on to have their first winning season at 45-37 and make the playoffs for the 2nd straight season.
In 1998, a year after signing Kevin Garnett to an unprecedented 6-year, $126 million contract, the Timberwolves were forced to let Tom Gugliotta leave in part because of careless spending and in part because Tom Gugliotta did not want to play with Stephon Marbury. The Wolves made the playoffs for the 3rd straight season but were beaten by the San Antonio Spurs in 4 games.
By 1999, the Timberwolves were frequent visitors to the playoffs but usually did not advance past the first round. By the 2003-04 NBA season, the Timberwolves became the team to beat in the Western Conference and they finished the season as the top seed in the Western Conference with a record of 58-24, and beat the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Unfortunately, their run ended in the Western Conference finals as they lost to the Lakers.
In the offseason after the 2006-07 season, the Timberwolves sent Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics for five player which included upcoming power forward Al Jefferson, and youngster Rashad McCants, and point guard Sebastian Telfair. In the 2007 draft the Timberwolves selected Corey Brewer and Chris Richard from the NCAA Champion Florida Gators and in the 2008 Draft they selected UCLA freshman PF Kevin Love.
The team is really in a rebuilding stage and they are looking to advance out of the bottom half of the Northwest Division.
The current roster for the Minnesota Timberwolves for 2008-09 is :
52 Calvin Booth C
22 Corey Brewer F-G
14 Brian Cardinal F
10 Rodney Carney F
34 Jason Collins C-F
51 Michael Doleac (FA) C
4 Randy Foye G
8 Ryan Gomes F
25 Al Jefferson C-F
42 Kevin Love C-F
35 Mark Madsen C-F
1 Rashad McCants G
33 Mike Miller G-F
32 Chris Richard (FA) F
5 Craig Smith F-C
30 Kirk Snyder (FA) F-G
3 Sebastian Telfair
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