The Dunking With Wolves staff voted on the top players in Minnesota Timberwolves history, ranking the top three at each position.
The NBA hiatus is forcing sports fans everywhere to be retrospective. That includes us here at Dunking With Wolves, and we decided that now was as good a time as any to take a look at the best players at each position throughout Minnesota Timberwolves history.
We asked each of our writers to tell us who they thought of as the best three players at each position in Wolves history. The only direction was to at least consider longevity, but also peak. For instance, Jimmy Butler is absolutely the best two-way shooting guard to ever suit up for the franchise, but he only played in 69 regular-season games in a Wolves uniform.
Roughly a year and a half ago, yours truly ranked the top 30 players that have ever played for the franchise. This list was generated entirely by polling our contributors and is not based on my previous list. However, the straight ranking of 30 players compared to determining the top three players at each position is interesting, especially with nearly 18 months between the two exercises.
One pattern that emerged and is identifiable by some of the comments you’ll see along the way from our contributors is that the way that a player came and went and the impact that they — however intangibly — had on local fans mattered in the rankings.
We decided to use traditional position designations, and there were only two players who received votes at two spots: Tony Campbell and Andrew Wiggins were mentioned at both shooting guard and small forward. Each player will be addressed as we move forward.
Along the way, we’ll share key thoughts from our individual writers to accompany the rankings, as well as some of my own commentary on the selections.
We’ll start with the point guards, which was a tightly-contested position, despite only one point guard in Timberwolves history earning an All-Star nod while a member of the Wolves.