- Two seasons with Timberwolves (2003-05)
- Averaged 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds and shot 46.1 percent on 3-pointers with Timberwolves
Fred Hoiberg is the current coach of the Chicago Bulls, and was previously the head coach at his alma mater, Iowa State. Before that, he was a front office executive in Minnesota for several years.
But even before that, Hoiberg enjoyed a 10-year NBA career, with four seasons in Indiana, four in Chicago, and his final two campaigns with the Timberwolves.
While Hoiberg only averaged 6.2 points per game in just two seasons in Minnesota, he was a key member of the bench on the 2003-04 team that went to the Western Conference Finals, averaging 22.8 minutes per game and shooting 44.2 percent from 3-point range. He posted the third-most Win Shares on that squad, behind only Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell, and played important minutes for the team.
Depending on matchups, Hoiberg would receive playing time down the stretch, especially when opposing teams would go small. He could guard both wing spots with some success, and his long-range shooting was a welcomed added dimension, and was vital in the wake of Wally Szczerbiak‘s injury during the run to the Western Conference Finals.
Hoiberg never averaged double-figures in any single season of his career, which was cut short at age 33 due to an enlarged aortic root. He retired from playing and coached briefly with the Wolves before joining the front office for the next four years.
Then, on to Iowa State, and finally, head coach of the Bulls, where he famously butted heads with All-Star (and current Timberwolf) Jimmy Butler.