XIII: C Dean Garrett (2000-01)
GS 21 | 11.9 MPG | 2.5 PPG | 0.0 3P% | 3.1 RPG | 0.3 APG | 0.4 SPG | 0.7 BPG
Garrett is the first of several players who will appear on this list on multiple occasions. He shows up on this list for the second time because he regressed even more from his previous season with the Timberwolves.
While I’m not blind to the fact that the 6-foot-10 225-pound center Dean Garrett out of the University of Indiana had a tough role on the team, namely serving as a rebounder and rim protector for 6-foot-11 240-pound Timberwolves power forward Kevin Garnett, that was how the chips fell.
Once more, despite a 47-35 record, the Timberwolves were unable to advance beyond Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs. And in the postseason, Garrett’s minutes nearly tripled from the previous season, but his shooting accuracy actually fell.
That was a problem because Garrett changed his style and began to attempt many more shots per game. With more numerous shots and a declining accuracy, Garrett’s presence for the Timberwolves in 2000-01 was even less satisfying than his previous year.
He would go on to be traded to the Golden State Warriors in the middle of the 2001-02 season. But you have to wonder if the Timberwolves had a more effective backup center, would that have been enough to change history and aid the Minnesota Timberwolves in winning their first NBA Championship?