Minnesota Timberwolves: Best players of the 2010-19 decade
As the 2010-19 decade comes to an end, let’s take a look at the top five Minnesota Timberwolves players of the past 10 seasons.
With only a few hours remaining in the decade, the Minnesota Timberwolves sit at 285-469 since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.
Including interim coaches, the Wolves are on their sixth head coach of the past 10 years, symbolic of the lack of consistency within the organization throughout this time.
Not many players have stuck around long with the franchise during the last decade, which makes naming the first few members of Minnesota’s top five fairly easy, while rounding out the ranking became a bit more difficult.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns
Anyone who has watched the Wolves at all over the last decade shouldn’t be surprised by seeing Karl-Anthony Towns at the top of this list.
Not only is the former first-overall pick’s eye-popping talent obvious, but his production has been outstanding as well: Early on in his fifth season in the NBA, Towns is already third in the Wolves record books when it comes to both points (7,796) and rebounds (4,100).
As soon as he entered the league, KAT began to make his case as the sweetest shooting 7-footer in NBA history by becoming the only player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 100 3-pointers made in a season.
Since then, Towns has followed up his stellar Rookie of the Year campaign by leading the NBA in games with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds and earning two Western Conference All-Star nods.
In addition to his career and season-long production throughout this time, Towns has been able to put up many memorable individual performances, including a team-record 56 points against the Atlanta Hawks in front of fans at the Target Center.
While he’s ending the decade on somewhat shaky terms with the team, KAT is easily the only player in Minnesota history who fans could debate is nearly as talented as Kevin Garnett, as well as the player who led the Wolves back to the playoffs following Garnett’s departure.