Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 best players all-time at each position

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Power Forward

1. Kevin Garnett
2. Kevin Love
3. Tom Gugliotta

This was an easy one. In fact, all three players on this list were unanimous selections, and in this exact order.

Kevin Garnett is head, shoulders, and torso above anyone else in Timberwolves history for the best player to ever pull on the jersey.

From why Garnett was a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer to his best 15 moments in a Wolves uniform, we’ve covered him a ton here at DWW, and with the Hall of Fame induction to come this August, you can expect to see more of that in the coming weeks and months.

Second place was easy, too. Love is second in Wolves history in All-Star appearances with three, and he’s somewhere between No. 2 and No. 4 in franchise history on a ranking of best players, depending on what you think of Towns and Butler.

Gugliotta was the first non-Garnett Wolves All-Star, making the Western Conference squad in 1997. He led the first-ever Wolves playoff team in scoring, averaging 20.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in 1996-97.

Googs was acquired in a one-for-one swap with Golden State that sent Donyell Marshall to the Warriors prior to the 1995 trade deadline. He spent four years of his prime in Minnesota, which was enough to land him third on our list.

Comments from our contributors

Jack Borman

Nos. 1 and 2 were locks here, but Googs gets the nod at the No. 3 spot in front of Christian Laettner. His three best seasons all came in Minnesota, culminating with an All-Star appearance in 1996-97. Gugliotta was a versatile 4 that could do everything the team needed him to do: score, battle on the glass, get in the passing lanes, and create for others.

Kedar Hiremath

Gugliotta put up back-to-back 20 point-per-game seasons starting alongside The Big Ticket. Garnett and Marbury were still early in their respective careers, and with Googs they formed something of a Big Three.

Had they stayed together and the Wolves chosen to retain both Marbuy and Gugliotta, perhaps that team, along with some complementary pieces, could’ve turned into a winner.