1. Tayshaun Prince
All things considered, Tayshaun Prince was objectively the Timberwolves’ worst starter of the Karl-Anthony Towns era. This is not to diminish Prince’s career as a whole, as we all know he was a key piece to a legendary championship team with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
But like Brandon Rush, Tayshaun Prince was simply past the point of being useful by the time he arrived in Minnesota. To add insult to injury, the Wolves were painfully unaware of this and threw him in the starting lineup for over half the season.
Earning 44 starts in his final season in the NBA, Prince played 19 minutes per game for the Timberwolves and scored just 2.9 points per game. In 2015-16, many aging players were beginning to utilize their three-point shot as a way of elongating their careers. But Prince was unable to capitalize on the trend, shooting a horrific 17% from three for the season.
Plain and simple, it was time for Tayshaun to retire. During Prince’s lone season in Minnesota, Karl-Anthony Towns’ career was just beginning. Rather than putting other young pieces around KAT, management opted for a declining role player who provided little to no value to the team. That earns Prince the top spot on our list of worst starters of the Towns era.