X: C Rasho Nesterović (2000-01)
GS 39 | 16.9 MPG | 4.5 PPG | 0.0 3P% | 3.9 RPG | 0.6 APG | 0.3 SPG | 0.9 BPG
If you have noticed the theme with many of the players who have appeared on this list so far, congratulations. If you are still trying to link the common thread, the Timberwolves truly struggled to find the right front court complements to PF Kevin Garnett. Because Garnett was such a dominating physical presence in the paint, finding the right center to play alongside him was an arduous task.
Slovenian center Rasho Nesterovic was no exception. Standing 7-foot-0 and weighing 248 pounds, Nesterovic was an ideally sized center for the Timberwolves. He split the center duties with David Garrett (see previous slide) throughout the 2000-01 season. The reason for Nesterovic’s appearance later on this list is the fact that he saw far more action, but was unable to be productive.
Nesterovic would play five seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the 2000-01 season was quite arguably the worst of the bunch. Even his playoff effort was abysmal.
He would play two more seasons for the Timberwolves and truly improved significantly in subsequent seasons. But his 2000-01 season would fall below his career averages in nearly every statistical category.