- 51-31 record
- Playoff finish: Lost first round vs Lakers
This Timberwolves team ultimately paved the way for the following year’s team to achieve even greater success. In 2002-03, Minnesota was ever so close to making a big time run in the playoffs, but they could not take down the Lakers.
There was so much more to this team than their playoff disappointment, though. In Wally Szczerbiak’s fourth season, he continued to be a major force in the Timberwolves’ rotation and finished the season second on the roster in scoring average behind only Kevin Garnett.
Szczerbiak was essentially Garnett’s only true co-star. While Wally burned up the nets and shot 42% from three for the season, KG was putting in work in the post. He was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his career, and won the award for All-Star Game MVP as well.
Garnett also finished this season second in MVP voting and third in Defensive Player of the Year voting, making it one of the best individual seasons of his entire career. But sadly, the story of KG not having enough of a capable supporting cast remained, and they were unable to make any true noise in the postseason.