In November, the Minnesota Timberwolves were the most successful Minnesota sports franchise ever. That's pretty crazy to say when you think of some of the great franchises this city has had. The Minnesota Twins have won three World Series Championships.
The Timberwolves are coming off two huge wins this season to close out the month of November. First, they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are a much better basketball team this year than they were last year. At the time of the two meetings, the Thunder were the No. 2 seed in the West.
That would ultimately be known as the Troy Brown Jr. game, where he had two of the most clutch buckets in the game playing for Anthony Edwards, who hurt his hip. Brown Jr. hadn't really had much opportunity at all before that game, and he showed out when he needed to most.
Then they beat the Utah Jazz without Anthony Edwards the entire game. That may not seem like a big deal, but a team like the Jazz can easily come in and win when you are without your best player. It happens all the time, even to the very best teams in the league.
The Timberwolves took care of business when they needed to most in November, and that's why this crazy stat is that - crazy. According to OptaSTATS, the The Timberwolves went 13-2 (.867) in November. That's the best record ever by a Minnesota-based MLB, NBA, or NHL team in a single month (min. 15 games).
Historically, the Timberwolves are one of the worst Minnesota sports franchises ever. The Twins, as we said, have three World Series Championships. The Minnesota Vikings are a pretty historic franchise despite not having any Super Bowl rings. The Minnesota Wild have more playoff appearances in fewer seasons than the Wolves, with 13.
The Timberwolves have 11 playoff appearances in 35 seasons. But in November, they were the undisputed best. They are currently first in the Western Conference and tied with the best record in the league.