The 10 Greatest Timberwolves in history, ranked by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)

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1. Karl-Anthony Towns - 23.9

Surprisingly enough, Karl-Anthony Towns comes in at first on the all-time best Timberwolves. His 23.9 PER ranks 19th all-time. Coincidentally, Towns is elite when it comes to both counting and advanced statistics.

Entering the NBA by the way of Kentucky, the Wolves drafted the 7-foot big man with the first overall selection. Even more so than Garnett, Towns made his entrance felt. He won Rookie of the Year, averaging 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The young Towns also shot an impressive 54.2 percent from the floor and appeared in all 82 games.

In Towns' second season, his averages ballooned to 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. That season, he canned 1.2 threes per game and appeared in 82 games once again. The Kentucky product's numbers saw a slight dip in 2017-18, as Minnesota acquired Jimmy Butler to jumpstart their rebuild.

However, the Butler experiment was short-lived and Towns' numbers ascended back to near-24 points per game production once Butler made his way to the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite Towns' elite production, the Wolves had difficulty winning games.

It took until 2022 for the Wolves to reach the playoffs once again. Since then, Minnesota has been in much better shape. The Wolves acquired Gobert in the 2022 offseason to pair with Towns. While a dual-center pairing seemed unconventional in the modern NBA, it appears to be working.

The Wolves are on pace for their best season since the Garnett-led 2003-04 Wolves. The Wolves have won 51 games thus far. While Towns has missed the majority of March due to a meniscus injury, he should be back in time for a deep playoff run.

All in all, it's still possible for Towns to become the best player in Minnesota history. Unfortunately for Towns' "best player in Wolves history" case, the Wolves roster an up-and-coming, "potential face of the league." While Towns certainly isn't bothered by Anthony Edward's ascension to superstardom, the focus has now shifted to the more important goal of bringing a championship to Minnesota.